This wrongful death lawsuit involved a young woman with what proved to be an undiagnosed fatal brain hemorrhage.
Elizabeth Moen was only 20 years old when she checked herself into a clinic. She was experiencing an unrelenting, pounding headache, nausea, diarrhea and a stiff neck. Dr. Lisa Davidson, a neurologist, inspected Moen and suggested that she was suffering from a migraine. During the assessment, no other tests were conducted.
Moen went home from the hospital only to find that her frightening symptoms would not go away. She went back to the clinic and asked for help. The same physician gave her more pain medications. About a week later, Moen went to another hospital with convulsions. A CT showed a brain hemorrhage and she was promptly airlifted to another hospital skilled in handling her kind of medical emergency. She was brain dead when she arrived. Moen was kept on life support until her organs could be donated.
Moen’s mother, Rebecca Joecks, filed a lawsuit that alleged the doctor didn’t order a follow-up exam, never warned Moen or said anything about the possibility that her condition was anything other than migraines. The symptoms she presented with at the hospital were clear warning signs of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. This was negligent misdiagnosis at its very worst; a misdiagnosis that cost Moen her life.
The defense contends that the neurologist acted appropriately and met the standard of care in this case and that the plaintiff should pay the defense’s legal fees. Clearly, the decision in this trial will hinge on whether or not the jury agrees that the doctor lived up to the standard of care.
There is no doubt that the family is completely devastated by this turn of events that cost their daughter her life at such a young age. They are likely worried about how to pay for the medical bills as a result the several hospital trips, the exams, the medications, the CT scan and the cost of the air ambulance. Even if the family members were working, they would likely be hard pressed to keep up with their usual expenses and the medical bills.
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