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Evanston Northwestern Hospital Pays $19.5 Million for Misdiagnosis

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The former controller for Citadel hedge funds is no longer able to do his job. He suffered from a stroke in 2005, and because he was misdiagnosed in the emergency room at Evanston Northwestern Hospital, he was not given the medication that could have saved him from the debilitating affects of the stroke that he will have for the rest of his life.

When the man arrived at the hospital, an MRI was taken but misread. Instead of giving the patient tPA, which is used to break up clots during a stroke, he was given nothing. His condition continued to worsen throughout the night, but no medical treatment was given until the morning at which point he was already paralyzed on his right side.

Evanston Northwestern Hospital owned up to its mistake in this case. It paid the patient and his wife a settlement that they rightfully deserved. Hospitals and doctors do make mistakes, and if a mistake has been made then the patient is entitled to recover from it.