Brain Aneurysms & Strokes
Brain Injury Attorney in Seattle, Kirkland & Everett
In the area of medical negligence, Rob Kornfeld has a special interest in handling cases involving a failure to diagnose intracranial aneurysms (aneurysms in the brain). Rob has handled cases of patients who have suffered catastrophic injuries caused by the failure to timely diagnose and treat a brain aneurysm. These cases have been caused by the negligence of primary care providers, family physicians, radiologists and other HMO providers who have failed to timely run diagnostic tests or have negligently read the scans.
Brain injury caused by failures to diagnose two intracranial aneurysms: Total settlement $2,500,000+
Past Client Success Stories
Jane Doe v. Health Care Center (Superior Court – confidentiality settlement)
Patient suffered from horrific headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred and double vision and was told by the HMO, which was her primary care provider, that she had the flu. Over several weeks she returned five (5) time to her providers and was told the same thing. Again, over this period of time, no imaging studies were ordered of the patient’s brain to rule out an intracranial bleed or subarachnoid hemorrhage. Because of the failure of multiple health care providers to consider a subarachnoid hemorrhage (sentinel bleed) in the differential diagnosis and to rule out an aneurysm, particularly after the patient presented with ptosis (droopy eyelid) and double vision (caused by a third nerve palsy), by ordering a CT or MRI scan of the brain, the patient’s signs and symptoms from the aneurysm remained undiagnosed. Eventually, her aneurysm(s) ruptured, causing permanent brain damage.
Jane Doe, Rob Kornfeld’s client, had a posterior communicating and middle cerebral aneurysm which should have been timely diagnosed in the differential diagnosis before she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. In taking a history, a reasonable provider should have conducted a problem-focused clinical examination and ordered imaging studies. Had a basic medical workup been taken to rule out an aneurysm and had an aneurysm been considered in the differential diagnosis, this patient would have been living independently today and leading a normal life, working and participating in activities.
Aneurysms are easily treatable today by coiling, an interventional non-invasive treatment, and/or by surgery with clipping of the aneurysm. Either treatment will allow most to continue leading a normal life as Sharon Stone and John Olerud, all public figures.
Instead, the client in this example suffered a life long disabling injury caused by brain damage as a result of a subarchnoid hemorrhage and stroke because her HMO failed to timely diagnose and treat her aneurysm. The client is now cared for by her children after she and her husband could not remain together.
Aneurysm ruptures because of delayed diagnosis: $1,900,000 settlement and recovery for middle aged lady
A 57 year old person presented at local hospital with complaints of headaches and nausea. She was admitted and an MRI was scanned of her head which was equivocal. After two more days of treatment and the symptoms had not abated, principally, a third nerve palsy with ptosis and the left eye almost completely shut, the attending neurologist ordered an MRA to rule out an aneurysm. Despite the clinical signs and symptoms of an aneurysm, after the MRA was read as negative and the patient discharged (unbelievably), on January 1, five days later, the patient hemorrhaged and underwent surgery and clipping of an aneurysm.
Client is now disabled 24-7 and can partially live independently for a few hours at a time but she needs assisted living, planning, and care for the rest of her life.
As in most aneurysm cases, a life care plan and evaluation of the patient’s home and support was necessary, particularly since she was not married and had no responsible family members to care for her. Rob Kornfeld hired a life care planner to evaluate the cost of her future life care plan for the rest of her life and an economist to evaluate her wage loss and future economic expenses of her life care plan, medical and support.
The case settled at mediation for $1,900,000 new money and a waiver of the $462,000 medical lien plus payment of all SGAL and special needs trust fees, costs and expenses.
Lawsuit on behalf of 60+ year old settles: $1,500,000 against emergency department’s failure to diagnose and treat signs & symptoms of stroke
A grandma and mother presented at the hospital of a local Seattle HMO and had obvious signs and symptoms of a stroke with unilateral weakness and sensory changes in her upper and lower extremity. She was sent home without a scan and without any sense of urgency. The EMR diagnoses a virus or flu. Patient bled into her brain several days later over the weekend. Mr. Kornfeld retained expert neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional neuro-radiologists to show there was medical negligence and that the failure to timely diagnose and treat the patient’s blood clot(s) caused the bleed, brain injury and lifelong disability.
Sub-Archnoid hemorrhage, ruptured aneurysm and death: Settled $650,000 for 65 year old retiring janitorial worker
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