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Large award in excess of a million dollars A newborn baby girl at hospital in Pittsburgh had a catheter incorrectly placed, and it punctured her heart thereby causing her to have a fatal cardiac arrest only three days after being born. Her young parents, who witnessed her cardiac arrest and who were devastated by the loss of their daughter, received a large award in excess of a million dollars.

Very significant recovery in excess of $1 million 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 thallium stress 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 $1 million on behalf of this man's widow.

Award in excess of a million dollars 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. An award in excess of a million dollars was obtained for the widow and her two young children, both of whom had their college education secured with the payment.

Million dollar recovery for a truck driver in his late 50s that presented to a local emergency room with chest pain, shortness of breath and other complaints. An EKG was ordered by the emergency room physician and was interpreted by the ER doctor as normal. In truth, the EKG showed that the patient was in the early stages of a heart attack. As a result of his heart damage and resulting fatigue, he was not able to return to work as a truck driver and was more limited in what he could do around his house and property. Click here for the expanded case summary.

Large, six-figure recovery A retired man from Erie suffered complications after undergoing a coronary angioplasty at an Erie hospital. The cardiologist who did the angioplasty did not watch the patient closely enough following the angioplasty and, five days later he died. We obtained a large, six-figure recovery for the widow of this patient.

Six-figure recovery for failure to diagnose a heart problem - In this case, a 68-year-old woman, who had a known history of heart disease, came into the emergency room with complaints of pain in her left side, left arm and leg. She was admitted to the hospital and blood work was done to check several things including something called cardiac enzymes. Unfortunately, her condition was misdiagnosed, and she suffered a cardiac arrest a few days later and died. Click here to read the full case summary.

Significant six-figure recovery A retired man from Pittsburgh entered the emergency room 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 settlement A young man from Pittsburgh who suffered from diabetes developed coronary 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.

Significant six-figure award A retired man from Somerset County went to a Pittsburgh hospital to undergo a stress thallium test, a procedure designed to detect whether a patient is at risk for a heart attack. While the patient was undergoing the stress test, he started to develop shortness of breath and other signs that his heart was beginning to have problems. The people conducting the test, however, were not paying attention to the patient and, rather than stopping the test, they continued to have him exercise and stress his heart. Unfortunately, he suffered a cardiac arrest while on the stress test machine. We filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death claim against the hospital and recovered a very significant six-figure award on behalf of this man's widow.

Very significant six-figure settlement A middle-aged man from the North Hills was in the hospital where he passed out on a few occasions. The doctors failed to discover that the reason he was passing out was due to an abnormal heart rhythm. They should have discovered that and placed a pacemaker, but that did not happen. Tragically, a few weeks later the man collapsed and died while at home due to the abnormal heart rhythm. We obtained a very significant six-figure settlement on behalf of his widow.

Very significant six-figure recovery A retired school teacher from Connellsville died from complications related to an abnormal heart valve. Prior to his death, he had undergone an echocardiogram and other tests, which showed that there were problems with the valve, but his doctor failed to notice this and referred him for surgery to correct the valve. We obtained a very significant six-figure recovery on behalf of his wife.

Significant six-figure recovery An elderly man from Pittsburgh died as a result of endocarditis, which developed following the placement of a St. Jude aortic valve. Patients with aortic valves are prone to develop endocarditis. We filed a claim against the physicians on the ground that they should have discovered the endocarditis much sooner when it could have been successfully treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, that did not happen. We obtained a significant six-figure recovery on behalf of this man's family.

Significant six-figure verdict A legal secretary from Pittsburgh was undergoing a minor procedure on her nose at a local Pittsburgh hospital. Shortly after the procedure, she had a cardiac arrest. Fortunately, she did not suffer any permanent heart damage, but she was off work for a matter of months. Our attorneys filed a medical malpractice action against the anesthesia team on the ground that they removed her breathing tube too quickly and that led to the cardiac arrest. The Gismondi & Associates attorneys filed a medical malpractice claim, and the jury returned a significant six-figure verdict on this woman's behalf.

Significant six-figure recovery 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 misread the EKG, and our attorneys obtained a significant six-figure recovery on this man's behalf.

Significant six-figure recovery A 68-year-old man died as a result of an abnormal heart rhythm that showed up on the recovery after he had surgery on his carotid artery. Unfortunately, no one noticed the abnormal rhythm. If it had been discovered, this patient could have had a pacemaker placed to prevent the fatal events of the following day. We filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice claim against the hospital and the doctors involved in this gentleman's care and received a significant six-figure recovery on behalf of his widow.

Six-figure recovery An elderly man from Erie died of a cardiac arrest barely an hour after being discharged from the hospital following prostate surgery. Before he was discharged, the man's medical condition was not normal, i.e., he had low blood pressure, dizziness, poor color and was feeling faint. We filed a medical malpractice claim against the doctor who was attending to him in the hospital on the ground that he should have never been discharged because it was clear that his condition was not stable at the time. We obtained a six-figure recovery on behalf of his widow.

Large six-figure settlement A young school teacher from Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, suffered a cardiac arrest and brain damage during a procedure at a Pittsburgh hospital to insert a cardiac defibrillator and pacemaker. A lawsuit filed in Allegheny County claimed that the nurses did not monitor the patient properly during the procedure and should have noticed that her heart was beginning to have problems and correct it. A large, six-figure settlement was obtained for the parents of this unmarried woman.

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