$2.51 Million Jury Verdict for Negligent Cardiology Care and Wrongful Death

Robert Dardenne experienced chest pain. With that symptom he went to a nearby hospital emergency department where the cardiologist on his case, Dr. Vibhuti Singh, ordered testing and observation at the hospital. After two days, Dr. Singh discharged Dardenne, telling him that his symptoms were not cardiac in nature.

Several months later, Dardenne, then 66 years old, suffered a fatal myocardial infarction. He was survived by his wife and one adult child.

His family and estate sued the hospital, claiming that Dr. Singh was negligent in choosing not to provide the appropriate follow-up medical care. The lawsuit also claimed that the testing was ambiguous and thus Dr. Singh should have performed a cardiac catheterization to determine whether Dardenne had a blockage in his arteries.

The defendant hospital claimed that Dardenne should have followed up with his physician after his discharge. The estate and family maintained that Dardenne had followed up but was told that he was fine. The jury signed a verdict for over $2.51 million. The parties later settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.

The attorney successfully handling the case for Dardenne’s estate and family was James Haliczer.

At trial, the Dardenne attorney presented experts testifying in fields of cardiology, economics, medical examination and psychology.

The defendant, Dr. Singh and the hospital, presented experts in cardiac pathology and interventional cardiology.

O’Reilley v. Singh, 14-009201-CI (Fla. Cir. Ct. Pinellas County).

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