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$________ CONFIDENTIAL – Medical Malpractice – Hospital negligence – Plaintiff alleged that defendant resident failed to appreciate that patient was having a heart attack – Pain and suffering – Failure to diagnose heart attack in patient with pacemaker.

Withheld County, MA

In this medical negligence matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant resident physician was negligent in diagnosing the patient’s heart attack, which resulted in unnecessary pain and suffering, and the death of the 86-year-old decedent. The defendant denied the allegations, and disputed that there was any deviation from acceptable standards of care.

The 86-year-old decedent presented to the hospital with complaints of chest pain and breathing difficulties. She arrived at the facility at 2:58 p.m. with a medical history of coronary artery disease, complete heart block with pacemaker placement, and hypertension. The patient was nauseous and vomiting, and had taken nitro without any improvement. She was administered Zofran and given an EKG. Labs were done and at 3; 36 p.m. and she was given additional nitro, which failed to give the patient any relief. In fact, the patient complained of a "Rope around her chest" and yelled "Pain, pain, pain," despite the administration of morphine. A CT scan was performed and at 6:15 p.m., and she still complained of excruciating chest pain, despite administration of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Famotadine, Carafate, and Maalox. Additional morphine was administered to the patient, and soon, she grabbed her chest, screamed, and became unresponsive at 11:45 p.m., and despite a code and resuscitation attempted, she was declared dead at 1:18 a.m. The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant alleging that the physician was negligent in failing to appreciate that the patient was experiencing a painful heart attack during this period of time. The plaintiff alleged that despite questioning from the patient’s family of a possible heart attack, the defendant resident physician failed to take any action to order additional labs. The second set of labs disclosed myocardial necrosis. The plaintiff contended that if the resident had understood the positive result of the Troponin test and brought it to the attention of the attending physician, the patient could have been correctly diagnosed. Instead, not only did the decedent die as a result of the undiagnosed heart attack, the patient suffered extensively and unnecessarily, according to the plaintiff.

The defendant denied the allegations, and disputed that there was any deviation from acceptable standards of care.The parties agreed to resolve the plaintiff’s claim for the sum of $________ in a confidential settlement prior to the trial in this matter.

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