Posted on July 1st, 2009 by Zane Cagle
After 15 years of practice, a Michigan doctor made a mistake that cost one man his life. This week, a jury in Michigan found him guilty of negligence and awarded the man’s family $1.5 million in damages. The victim was only 43 years old when he was hospitalized with complaints of chest pains. According to court documents, he requested to see a cardiologist multiple times, but was never treated. He spent six days in the hospital, but the defendant could not diagnose a problem so he was released. Hours after leaving, he was rushed back with more severe symptoms. He died that day from a dissected aorta which had caused significant internal bleeding. An expert witness in the trial stated that if he had seen a heart specialist as he requested, he could have lived another 25 years with his condition. The plaintiff’s attorney stated in closing arguments that the defendant’s misdiagnosis and failure to consult with a cardiologist, “breached his duty and was professionally negligent.”
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