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Date: 09-11-2002

Case Style: Julie Hammond v. Freeman Health System, et al.

Case Number: Unknown

Judge: William Crawford

Court: Circuit Court, Jasper County, Missouri

Plaintiff's Attorney: Michelle Boehm O'Neal and Edward Hershewe of The Hershewe Law Firm, P.C., Joplin, Missouri

Defendant's Attorney: Kent Hyde of Harrison, Hyde & Love, LLP, Springfield, Missouri

Description: Medical malpractice - improper diagnosis of meningitis despite the fact that the patient had been doing strenuous exercise on a hot day. Paul Hammond suffered a seizure after engaging in summer training at Camp Crowder near Joplin, Missouri on a hot summer day. He was taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital where the differential diagnosis included meningitis. A blood test at the hospital revealed a low sodium level. Hammond was place on an IV with sodium which resulted in slow replacement of the lost sodium. Plaintiff's experts contended that Hammond's sodium level should have been replaced rapidly.

Outcome: Settled for $2 million.

Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown

Defendant's Experts: Unknown

Comments: None



 
 
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