Keith Gross, a partner in The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm, recently settled a case against involving a 70-year-old patient, who was caused to suffer a heart attack during a coronary artery angioplasty with stenting, a procedure to help compress atherosclerotic deposits in a coronary artery and restore good blood flow. We contended that this procedure was negligently performed, and not only caused the patient’s heart attack, but damage to the interior wall of coronary artery, which damage was not fully repaired before the procedure concluded.
The heart damage the patient sustained as a result of the first heart attack made it less likely that she would survive after she developed a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in her pulmonary circulation) and a second heart attack two days later. We also maintained that the defendant hospital, by its physicians and other healthcare providers, failed to properly manage the patient and properly perform the Code once she developed shortness of breath complaints, low blood pressure, and a second heart attack due to the pulmonary embolism. The Code was not successful, and the patient expired.
The deposition of the defendant cardiologist was highly technical and included testimony concerning the fluoroscopic (x-ray) images that had been taken during the angioplasty with stenting.
Settlement negotiations were protracted, but ultimately resulted in a settlement agreement that the patient’s daughter, our client, was extremely happy with.
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