On April 8, 2014, Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney Scott I. Palumbo of the Phoenix, Arizona, law firm of Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo, P.C., filed a lawsuit against several medical professionals and their medical groups on behalf of a client who became blind after seeking medical care from the healthcare providers. The lawsuit ( Proctor v. Banner Health, et al., Maricopa County Case No. CV2014 006570) was filed in the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County. The legal complaint alleges that the defendants (several physicians, nurses and medical groups) acted negligently by failing to properly examine, diagnose and treat her symptoms, which has resulted in a lifelong disability that has caused physical, emotional and financial damages.
According to the complaint, the medical providers that are named in the medical malpractice case are accused of providing the patient with substandard medical care. The complaint alleges that on April 30, 2012, the patient went to Banner Health’s Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center because she was suffering severe headache, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, photophobia and visual
floaters. She received a diagnosis of aseptic meningitis and was discharged on May 3, 2012 without her ophthalmological symptoms being addressed.
The very next day, on May 4, the patient went to Banner Health’s Thunderbird Medical Center with complaints of bilateral loss of vision, pain in the back of her neck and head and nausea. She was discharged from this facility on May 7 without her ophthalmological complaints being addressed.
The patient alleges that her nurses and doctors were negligent because they:
- Failed to perform an adequate physical examination of the patient
- Failed to collaborate with each other before her discharge
- Failed to independently evaluate her condition and properly consider
alternative causes for her symptoms (which were inconsistent with the
diagnosis she was given)
- Failed to consider idiopathic intracranial hypertension (which
would have been consistent with her symptoms of headaches, loss of vision,
improper eye movement, etc.)
- Failed to consider the option of performing a lumbar puncture
for the purpose of evaluating intracranial pressure
- Failed to set up an ophthalmological or neuro-ophthalmological
- Failed to transfer the patient to a facility that offered inpatient
The 36 year-old mother of a small child alleges that the negligent care she received caused her to suffer from irreversible optic nerve damage, which has left her blind and without a sense of smell. The plaintiff is claiming both general damages and special damages. At Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo, we are committed to helping the wrongfully injured secure full and fair compensation after they are hurt by the negligence of others. Our personal injury law firm has highly experienced legal professionals who been repeatedly ranked as top attorneys.
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Case #CV2014 006570 Proctor v. Banner Health, et al., Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County. Filed 04-08-14.