Failure to Diagnose Appendicitis Leads to Emergency Surgery & 11 Days in Intensive Care Unit: Client Sues for Malpractice; Hospital Settles Case Before Trial

Medical MalpracticeWe represented the plaintiff in this case for medical malpractice. The plaintiff, a male, age 50, was admitted to a Phoenix hospital’s emergency room complaining of abdominal pain and inability to urinate. A foley catheter was placed, antibiotics were administered, and the plaintiff was instructed to follow up with his family physician in 48 hours.

The diagnosis was urinary tract infection. During the follow-up visit, the catheter was removed and the plaintiff was instructed to continue taking the antibiotics.

The plaintiff claims that both the hospital and the family physician incorrectly diagnosed him, because he was actually suffering from acute appendicitis. The plaintiff’s appendix ruptured, and he was readmitted to the hospital six days later for emergency surgery.

Our client spent 11 days in the intensive care unit following his surgery. The claim against the hospital was settled for an amount which cannot be disclosed under a confidentiality agreement.

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