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Coronary Artery Disease

Million dollar recovery for an unmarried, 57-year-old Bedford County truck driver against a hospital Emergency Room physician who failed to detect that he was having a heart attack. The heart problem was eventually detected several hours later by another doctor but by that time the patient had suffered more extensive damage to his heart muscle and, as a result, he was left with permanent cardiac problems. Read more about this case here.

Million-plus recovery for improperly interpreted stress test - A husband and father from Altoona suffered a fatal heart attack because his doctor failed to discover that he was suffering from coronary artery disease. This man had undergone stress thallion testing several weeks before his death, but those tests were incorrectly interpreted as normal. In truth, the tests were abnormal, and the man should have been sent for placement of a cardiac stent or bypass surgery. If that had been done, he would have avoided the fatal heart attack. We obtained a very significant recovery in excess of one million dollars on behalf of this man's widow.

Million dollar recovery for failure to recognize coronary artery disease - An Altoona husband and father of two young children went to see his cardiologist complaining about chest pain, but the doctor dismissed the complaints as nothing unusual. Several days later, the man suffered a fatal heart attack after playing basketball. It was determined that he had coronary artery disease all along, and if the doctor had investigated properly, he would have discovered it and could have treated the blocked arteries with a stent or coronary bypass surgery. Either procedure would have prevented the death of this man. A award in excess of a million dollars was obtained for the widow and her two young children, both of whom had their college educations secured with the payment.

Six-figure recovery for ER heart attack - A retired man from Pittsburgh entered the Emergency Room at Mercy Hospital complaining of chest pains. Unfortunately, he sat in the ER for a long time before anyone saw him. By that time, he had suffered a heart attack and had permanent damage to his heart and died a few days later. We filed a claim against the hospital on the ground that they let the man sit too long in the ER. A significant six-figure recovery was obtained on behalf of his widow.

Significant six-figure recovery for misinterpreted EKG - A middle-aged man from Pittsburgh suffered a heart attack a few months after visiting his doctor and being given a "clean bill of health." It turns out that the doctor failed to discover that this man had an abnormal EKG with evidence of blocked coronary arteries. (The medical term is "coronary atherosclerosis.") If the blocked arteries had been discovered, this gentleman would have had bypass surgery or a simple stent placed, either of which would have prevented the heart attack. Although he survived, he lost a lot of energy as a result of the heart attack. We filed a medical malpractice claim against the cardiologist who mis-read the EKG, and our attorneys obtained a significant six-figure recovery on this man's behalf.

Large six-figure recovery for family of young man - A young man from Pittsburgh who suffered from diabetes developed coronaroy artery disease and then died of a heart attack. Several weeks prior to his death, medical tests were done which showed he probably had coronary artery disease, but nothing was done about it. He should have had a stent procedure or bypass surgery in order to avoid a fatal heart attack, but his doctor did not do that. A very significant six-figure settlement was obtained on behalf of his widow.

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