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Lawsuit Filed Against Medical Group

Lawsuit Filed Against Medical Group

On February 13th, 2015, our client E.D.C. – plaintiff names in this ongoing case will be abbreviated to help our clients uphold privacy – went to the emergency department of Northeast Regional Medical Center with complaints of severe head and neck pain. Whenever he tried to move, the motion would trigger extreme spikes of pain. He underwent blood tests that found he had an unusually high white blood cell and neutrophil count.

Rochelle R. Van Meter, DO was the treating physician. She allegedly believed that his pain was just a strong headache, and that the strange cell counts in his system were indicative of herpes zoster, or shingles. Without getting a second opinion or conducting more tests, she allegedly completed her diagnosis and told him to go home.

First Diagnosis is Not the Last

Only a few days later – February 16th – E.D.C. came to the Boone Hospital Center for more medical attention. He had been suffering from unbearable neck and head pain for at least five days in a row. Recent developments in his condition included speech impairment, bilateral weakness, and extremity numbness. The medical professionals at Boone knew something was seriously wrong and conducted a CT scan.

The results of the CT scan found that E.D.C. had suffered multiple severe neck injuries, including:

  • Ruptured vacuum disc
  • Herniated discus
  • Epidural hematoma
  • Cervical spinal abscess

The oddities in his blood samples were also linked to E. Coli meningitis. To try to mitigate the damage caused by the abscess, a laminectomy at discs C2-C5 was implemented. Despite the efforts of the physicians and surgeons at Boone, the harm to E.D.C. was extensive due to the delayed diagnosis and his conditions would worsen to the point of permanent quadriplegia. It is not believed that he will ever overcome the paralysis and disability caused by his conditions.

Medical Malpractice & Loss of Consortium Claims Filed

E.D.C. has suffered enormous physical, emotional, and financial damages due to the alleged misdiagnosis of Van Meter and the inadequate practices of Adair Emergency Group, LLP and its affiliates. With the help of our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers at Meyerkord & Meyerkod, LLC, E.D.C. has filed a medical malpractice claim in pursuit of all fair and maximized compensation. This should include lifelong medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

R.M.C. – the wife of E.D.C. – is also a plaintiff in this ongoing case. She has personally experienced dramatic loss of consortium and a lessened standard of living following her husband’s quadriplegia. She seeks loss of consortium damages, such as emotional trauma. We believe she should also be entitled to a maximized compensation amount in this regard.

For critical updates about this case as it develops, be sure to visit our blog regularly. If you believe that our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers can help you with a claim of your own in Missouri, be sure to contact us online or call 800.391.4318. Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined legal experience and make themselves available 24/7 for our clients’ convenience.


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