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3 Million Awarded To Widow In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Widow Awarded 3 Million In Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Doctors Found To Be Negligent In Reading Test Results

The widow of a man who died from heart complications has been awarded $3 Million by a Connecticut jury in a wrongful death lawsuit. The doctor and cardiologist overseeing the care of the woman’s husband were ordered to pay $3 million after they were found the man’s death could have been prevented if medical personnel had paid closer attention to the man’s medical test results. The verdict was ordered in favor of the widow who is now the executor of the man’s estate. The court took six days to reach their decision. The wife stated in her medical malpractice lawsuit that the doctors should have been more thorough during the initial investigation as the man might have been eligible for heart valve replacement at that time and could have lived. The suit claims that if the man had been hospitalized earlier, he could have lived much longer.

The wrongful death lawsuit purports that the man died of a heart condition called aortic stenosis, which is a progressive disease where the heart valves continue to narrow over time. The lawsuit stated that the cardiologist prescribed medication to treat the symptoms, then when the symptoms worsened, prescribed additional medication. The complaint states that the man was not admitted to the hospital until April of the following year after severe symptoms. In the hospital, his heart valves were enlarged with a balloon, but heart valve replacement was deemed too risky. However, despite treatment at that point, the man died.

According to court records, the wrongful death lawsuit named the man’s general practitioner in the suit, but was not part of the six-day trial. However, the jury still determined that the doctor was responsible for 60 percent of the $3 million verdict. The doctor named in the wrongful death lawsuit and the cardiologist examining the man’s test results, were accused of not ordering further tests after the original test showed unexpected abnormalities. The wrongful death complaint claims that the cardiologist ordered a stress test but no further tests after that test did not reveal heart defects. However, the suit claims that the stress test did show a reduction in heart function, which was a classic sign of the deceased man’s disease. The cardiologist was ordered to pay 40 percent of the 3 million jury award.

This is not the first time that a person has died as the result of improper medical care. Thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits are filed every year in hopes of receiving monetary compensation for the death of loved ones who died under ineffective or negligent care.

In Ohio, injured parties have the right to file a medical malpractice claim, but there are some restrictions. The person bringing the suit must have proof that they are suffering in some was as a result of the death. The family can seek damages for financial losses, loss of service, loss of society, loss of potential inheritance, and for mental anguish. If you believe you have a cause to file a wrongful death or medical malpractice lawsuit, the attorneys at Wright and Schulte can help. Contact us with the details of your case to discuss if filing a wrongful death lawsuit is right for you.

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