Plaintiff, a prisoner with multiple sclerosis, was unable to establish that injuries or damages were proximately caused by defendant physicians’ negligence or wrongdoing.
Ionia County Circuit Court (2014)
Settled for very low five-figure amount
The estate of a 29-year-old inmate filed suit against several correctional physicians, alleging the physicians failed to properly treat epilepsy, causing the inmate’s death. The inmate suffered from panic attacks and night terrors, and he occasionally would act as if he was having an absence seizure. During his youth there was one positive EEG for epileptic form activity.
The correctional physicians changed his medication on complaints from the inmate. They removed Tegretol and Dilantin, replaced them with Neurontin 400 mg BID, and referred the inmate to the psychiatrist for treatment of the underlying psychiatric condition. The inmate obtained little relief, and after a year of treatment he was found unresponsive. The autopsy stated the cause of death to be cardiac arrest secondary to seizure activity. We retained several leading experts in cardiology, neurology, and family practice.
Plaintiffs demanded a high, six-figure settlement. The case was finally settled with a confidential settlement in the very low five figures.
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The Court of Appeals pointed out the differences between healthcare standards of care in a traditional setting and in a correctional setting, noting that there are extra concerns in the correctional setting.
Our medical malpractice defense attorneys argued that if the healthcare provider diagnosed and ordered surgery one day earlier, the probability of the outcome being different was low.
Ronald W. Chapman Sr., founder of Chapman Law Group, spoke on “Working with a Hostile-Manipulative Patient” at the 2019 Michigan conference.