$2 Million Settlement Reached for Failure to Transfer Patient from Urgent Care to Hospital

Ms. Doe, age 47, suffered from multiple sclerosis and used a walker. After she visited an urgent care clinic, she became tired and tried to sit down on her walker. The walker flipped over and Ms. Doe hit her head on the pavement. A physician’s assistant at the clinic treated the injury and stitched Ms. Doe’s wound before discharging her with only verbal instructions. Ms. Doe lapsed into a coma approximately five hours later. She was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where testing revealed a skull fracture and intracranial hemorrhage with midline shift. The midline shift is a shift of the brain past its center line. An indication of the shift is made evident by neuroimaging, usually a CT scan. A midline shift is often associated with high or increased intracranial pressure, which can be deadly. Despite undergoing neurosurgery, Ms. Doe now suffers from severe cognitive deficits and requires 24-hour care. Ms. Doe sued the urgent care clinic alleging that it…

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