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Health Law Keyed to Furrow
Scott v. SSM Healthcare St. Louis
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Matthew Scott (Plaintiff) suffered serious injuries resulting from a sinus infection that spread into his brain. However, first he was involved in a car accident and was taken to the hospital (Defendant) where he was treated for minor injuries and released to his father. Plaintiff returned to the emergency room two days later complaining of a severe headache. Dr. Doumit (Defendant) ordered a CT scan of his head. Dr. Richard Koch (Defendant), a radiologist and partner at Radiologic Imaging Consultants (RIC), read the CT film and determined the scan was normal. Plaintiff was diagnosed with a mild concussion and sent home. When Plaintiff's headache continued the next day, his parents called the hospital (Defendant) three times and informed Doumit (Defendant) that Plaintiff was nauseous, lethargic, and vomiting. Doumit (Defendant) told them these were signs of a minor concussion and that if Plaintiff did not improve within a few days, they should bring him back. The next day, Plaintiff collapsed, losing all use of the right side of his body. A spinal tap and CT scan were performed, revealing an infection at the top of his brain. Many different surgeries were performed on Plaintiff, and he was in a coma for several weeks. Plaintiff did recover to a degree, but he had serious permanent injuries including a significant degree of paralysis on the right side of his body. He and his mother (Plaintiff) brought suit against the hospital (Defendant), Doumit (Defendant) and Koch (Defendant).
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