Woman sues city hospital, 2 docs for $5m


Side note: A New Hampshire woman is suing St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, and two doctors, for 5 million dollars. The medical malpractice lawsuit claims that the doctors failed to properly diagnose her bacterial meningitis leading to her permanent disability. Jane Revells, the plaintiff was a healthy, normal woman who worked as a kitchen designer when she visited the emergency room at St. Joseph Hospital on Jan. 10, 2008 complaining of nausea, vomiting, head-ache and fever. She was diagnosed and treated for an ear infection and sent on her way. Over the next few weeks her condition worsened and the doctors at St. Joseph continued to misdiagnose her illness. Five days later Revells returned to the hospital and a CT scan reveled that she was suffering from bacterial meningitis; by that time the damage had already been done. Due to the infection she suffered from several strokes that have left her permanently disabled leading to the medical malpractice lawsuit. We know that doctors are human but for the most part, within the court system, they are usually held to a higher standard. We protect our physician clients by keeping them informed on the liability climate in their state. We’ve been doing this the longest and are the best at providing the best terms and service for your medical malpractice insurance needs.

By ANDREW WOLFE
Staff Writer CONCORD
– A former New Hampshire woman seeks $5 million from St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua and two doctors, claiming doctors there failed to promptly diagnose and treat her bacterial meningitis, leaving her permanently disabled.

Jane Revells, formerly of Milford and now of Jakin, Ga., filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court against the hospital and Drs. Peter Row and Eric Hoffman.

The hospital has yet to respond to the suit, and no one there could be reached for comment.

Revells’ lawyer Richard Fradette of Beliveau, Fradette, Doyle & Gallant, PA, in Manchester said the case is one that has merit.

According to Fradette, Revells was an everyday kind of woman who did kitchen designs before falling ill and going to the hospital repeatedly.

“She suffered serious, serious injuries including two strokes,” Fradette said.

According to her suit, Revells went to the hospital’s emergency room on Jan. 10, 2008, after suffering for three days with nausea, vomiting, headache and fever. She was diagnosed with an ear infection and treated accordingly.

Revells returned to the hospital two days later, Jan. 13, as her symptoms had gotten worse, and included hearing loss, altered mental state and difficulties with walking, her suit states. Dr. Row ordered a CT scan, blood and urine testing and a psychological examination, her suit states. Despite test results suggesting something more seriously amiss, her lawsuit states, Row diagnosed Revell with stress and a sinus infection and discharged her.

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