Case Result: Estate Contended Improper Treatment for Epilepsy Resulted in Inmate’s Death

Areas of Law:
Medical Malpractice Defense 
Correctional Law

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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