We represented a man who suffered a severe stroke resulting in partial paralysis and impairment of both speech and physical capabilities. Our client had visited his internist physician and complained of temporary loss of vision after being in bright sunlight. Before seeing his internist he had consulted an ophthalmologist who did not find any permanent limitation of vision. However, she recommended that our client’s internist perform a series of tests to ascertain whether he had suffered a temporary ischemic attack. Notwithstanding the recommendations of the ophthalmologist, our client’s internist did not perform any of the recommended tests.
Shortly after being examined by his internist, our client suffered a massive stroke and it was subsequently determined that his carotid artery was almost entirely blocked. This blockage of the carotid artery would almost certainly have been discovered had the appropriate tests been performed. After extensive discovery, the case was settled before trial for a very substantial six figure amount.