How We Help Our Clients: Case Study 2

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At Parnall Law, obtaining the best possible results for our clients is paramount, but seeking results is not our only objective. For us, it’s not just getting the right results in a case that matters, but also that we do it the right way. We’d like to share with you one of our cases and the steps we took to help our client.

Our Client

A 50-year-old wife and mother collapsed in her sister’s salon as she was getting her hair done.  Her sister called 911, telling the operator, “I don’t know if she is having a stroke or a seizure.”  Paramedics arrived and evaluated her, but erroneously concluded that she was having a seizure, which they did not consider life-threatening.  They transported her to University Hospital, which, ironically, had recently been designated a “Primary Stroke Center,” and had placed a billboard along the freeway advertising stroke treatment.  Unfortunately, since the paramedics thought she was having a seizure, so did the triage nurses in the ER, where she languished for hours before finally being evaluated by the ER physician. By the time the ER doctor finally called a Stroke Alert, it was too late to administer tPA, the “clot-busting” drug, leaving the 50-year-old wife and mother with permanent brain damage and physical disabilities caused by a “massive” MCL stroke.

The Case

We sued the hospital and the paramedics, who blamed each other for the mistakes, and tried to avoid the consequences of their negligent medical care.  We settled both claims, after lengthy litigation and expert depositions and discovery, recovering a total of $1.155 Million for our client, which helped her buy a new house that was single story and handicap-accessible, and set up a fund to pay for medical treatment and other needs not covered by Medicare.

At Parnall Law, we’re a unique team with diverse expertise, but we all have one thing in common. We want to help. To learn more, get in touch at or give us a call at (505) 268-6500. We would love to meet you!