Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Dec. 20
Lawsuit claims doctors repeatedly misdiagnosed patient, caused permanent damage
Health care provider Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego operations are the subject of another lawsuit this week, as Courthouse News Service reports that a patient has filed a complaint against the organization’s audiology lab after repeated misdiagnoses caused him to suffer from permanent meningitis damage.
Brian Crowley says he visited Kaiser five times over the span of more than a month for symptoms that began with redness, swelling, pain, and hearing difficulties that escalated into discharge, vertigo, and tinnitus, among other complaints. Doctors there gave him three different diagnoses, concluding with “normal to severe mixed hearing loss.” Crowley was instructed to treat his ear with washes, drops, and various medications, and called back for repeat doctor visits.
When Crowley’s wife arrived at home one day and found him unconscious, he was rushed to a non-Kaiser hospital, where the complaint states “he was promptly diagnosed with otomastoiditis and bacterial meningitis.”
Crowley and his wife are both seeking damages as well as cost reimbursement for previous and future care related to “permanent, severe neurological and cognitive deficits” allegedly suffered as a result of Kaiser’s treatment.