People often ask for the expert advice of professionals when things are bothering them. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry especially when it comes to your health. You can’t just compromise your health because you were too afraid to ask the questions circling in your head. But when you have sleep issues, traditional doctors may not be the best experts to help you. Sure, they likely know a thing or two about sleep health and the body’s normal physiologic processes but you need to go somewhere else if you really need answers.
Sleep clinics or sleep labs are the best places to get checked or treated if your problem has to do with your sleep. Not only will you be seen by special sleep doctors but the facility itself is often equipped with modern equipment that can help get to the bottom of your sleep woes. Today, the number of people who go to these sleep clinics to get tested are increasing that it is starting to become a lucrative career for some.
Almost two years after being smacked with the lion’s share of a $20.5 million verdict for the death of a patient at one of its sleep centers, Emory University is suing the contractor that was responsible for running the facility, according to an article published in the Daily Report.
Last month, the university filed a federal suit in Atlanta against Neurocare Inc., the company the university contracted to run the sleep center at which Brandon Harris, 25, died in 2010. Emory claims the Boston-based company broke agreements to indemnify and defend the university.
Harris, who was developmentally disabled and suffered from a variety of physical ailments, including cardiomyopathy, died after reportedly showing increasingly severe signs of respiratory distress while at the Emory Clinic Sleep Center. Harris’ mother and her legal team, led by The Cochran Firm’s Jane Lamberti, contended Harris died of pulmonary edema, or fluid buildup in his lungs, caused by the center technicians’ insistence that he lie flat on his back throughout the study.
It is not unusual to feel uncomfortable upon stepping inside the pristine environment of a sleep clinic fully knowing that you have to spend the night there under the watchful and trained eyes of professional sleep technicians. However, you need to sleep there for the night if you really have a serious sleep problem. The downside is that these sleep technicians may be knowledgeable and trained in what they do but they aren’t real doctors who know fully well how the human body works and may not understand how certain actions may exacerbate a certain health condition.
The suit claims that after Emory was sued in 2011 by the administrator of the dead man’s estate, Neurocare repeatedly ignored Emory’s requests that it pay for Emory’s defense and that of the center’s medical director, David Schulman. The suit also claims that Neurocare did not defend itself at the 2015 trial after informing Emory’s defense counsel that it had reached a separate pretrial settlement, although Neurocare was not dropped as a defendant in the case.
A spokeswoman for Neurocare on Tuesday declined to comment on the new suit. Hunter Allen Jr. and Gary McCain of Atlanta’s Allen & McCain, who filed the federal suit for Emory, also would not comment.
Emory’s complaint against Neurocare comes 20 months after a DeKalb County jury awarded the estate of sleep center patient Brandon Harris $20.5 million. Although the jury apportioned 60 percent of the blame for Harris’s death to Neurocare and one percent to Schulman, it specifically that Emory University was liable for Neurocare’s negligence and that of Neurocare’s Sleep Center technicians—bringing Emory’s apportioned share of the verdict to $12.5 million.
Well, you actually have no choice but to get checked at a sleep clinic if you constantly suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia perhaps. During your stay at the clinic, trained technicians will assess you on how your body react to sleep so that they can come up with an exact diagnosis. More often than not, a breathing problem is the main cause of sleeping problems and ordinary doctors aren’t that trained to distinguish it during routine medical check-ups. An overnight stay in these facilities isn’t cheap too. But there’s no point in suffering in your sleep if there are already available technologies to help you overcome these issues. Just make sure to inform your doctor and the technicians about existing medical conditions that may worsen during your stay or risk injury or death like this poor unfortunate case.