$1.12 Million Jury Verdict Because of Doctor’s Late Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndrome

Andrew Hanson, 49, was injured at his job.  He went in to see his family practice physician, Dr. Ronald Davis, who diagnosed a crushed injury to his chest.  Hanson then underwent a work-up, which showed a left chest contusion.

The next day, Hanson experienced other symptoms, including shortness of breath.  Dr. Davis told Hanson that his injury would take time to heal. Two days later, Hanson met with Dr. Davis; Hanson was suffering from extreme hypotension (low blood pressure) among other symptoms.  Dr. Davis referred Hanson for a CT scan, and he was then diagnosed as having a heart attack.

He is now totally disabled and unable to continue his job as a truck driver; until his injury and illness, he was earning about $50,000 a year.

Hanson filed suit against Dr. Davis claiming that Dr. Davis chose not to timely diagnose Hanson’s acute coronary syndrome, which was the cause of his injuries and  his permanent disabling condition.  Hanson also alleged that Dr. Davis should have referred him immediately to an emergency room for critical care.

After a jury trial, the jury found in favor of Hanson in the amount of $1,120,000, but found that Hanson was 34% at fault for his choosing not to go to emergency room on his own.

The attorneys representing Hanson were Mark B. Hutton and Blake Shuart.

Hanson v. Davis, No. 2010-CV-00489 Kan, Sedgwick Co. Dist. Sept. 26, 2013.      

Kreisman Law Offices has been successfully handling medical negligence cases, hospital negligence cases, emergency physician negligence cases and birth injury cases,  for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 38 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Western Springs, Tinley Park, Stone Park, South Holland, Chicago Heights, Skokie, Hanover Park, Harvey, Harwood Heights, Hazel Crest, Berwyn, Berkeley, Bellwood, Brookfield, Buffalo Grove, Burr Ridge, Calumet City and Elgin, Ill.

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