Patient dies of cardiac arrest days after medical visit

The decedent was a 44 year old father who  visited his primary care physician on multiple occasions complaining of chest pain. In 2007, the patient’s primary care physician had noted in the patient’s medical records that the patient’s laboratory results put him at higher risk for cardiovascular disease. The patient also had a history of gastric distress and angina which is chest pain brought on on by the narrowing of coronary arteries, which causes reduced  blood flow to the heart. The standard of care requires  primary car physicians to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of unstable angina and to send patients directly to a cardiac catheterization center, which the defendant did not do.

In 2009, the defendant noted that the patient had been suffering an increase in reflux with burning sensation in his chest and arms. the defendant sent eh patient home to wait for referrals for an appointment with a cardiology specialist and testing.

The patient returned to his primary care physician again after not receiving any call from his referrals. the defendant sent the patient home again without performing an EKG.

During a follow-up visit, the patient continued to report tightness and burning sensation in his chest. The patient died the next day of cardiac arrest.

The plaintiff’s estate argued that the patient’s death was forseeable and preventable and that the physician had multiple opportunities to send him to emergency care for cardiac catheterization / angiography.

The parties eventually settled the claim for $1 million.

The medical malpractice lawyers at Curran & Desharnais in Weymouth represent victims of medical negligence from all over the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including clients in Boston, Dorchester, Brookline, Newton, Milton, Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Randolph, Brockton, Hingham, Plymouth, Rockland, Abington, Cohasset, Natick, Dedham, Norwood, Canton, Norwell, Avon, Pembroke, Kingston, Hanover, Scituate, Marshfield, Bridgewater, Hanson, Whitman, and else ware. We will immediately begin working on your case and will first begin by gathering all medical documents and records in order to analyze and identify any possible errors or deviations from the standard of care. We will then retain and secure the opinions of any experts we need to prove negligence and will aggressively pursue your claim against any and all responsible parties.


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Massachusetts Civil Litigation, medical malpractice, wrongful death

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