$725,000 Settlement in Failure to Perform Adequate Cardiac Workup

Mr. Doe., 66, presented to a hospital emergency room shortly before midnight, complaining of chest pain. He underwent an EKG and testing of his troponin levels; both tests allegedly were “nonspecific.” After Doe began belching excessively, treating physicians and medical providers allegedly administered a gastrointestinal cocktail.

Doe fell asleep and was later discharged and sent home. The next evening, Doe returned to the emergency room, complaining of continued chest pain.

He was transferred to another facility where testing revealed a 100% occlusion, blockage in his coronary artery. Doe also was treated for shock, stroke, acute kidney injury and respiratory failure among other things.

He now has greatly reduced cardiac output.

Doe sued the hospital group, alleging that the defendants chose not to perform an adequate cardiac workup. Doe asserted that he should have been hospitalized and undergone serial cardiac enzyme tests, which allegedly would have prevented his heart attack.

The defendants disputed Doe’s damages and argued that the heart issues resulted from Doe’s underlying condition, not the negligence of the defendants.

Before trial, the parties settled for $725,000.

The attorney representing Doe was William B. Kilduff.

Doe v. Roe Hospital Group
, Confidential docket.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling hospital negligence lawsuits, cardiology negligence cases, wrongful death cases and nursing home negligence lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Highwood, Glencoe, Glenview, Norridge, Oak Park, Chicago Ridge, Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Blue Island, Chicago (East Side, Chatham, Avalon Park, Chinatown, Bronzeville, Edgebrook, Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Uptown, Andersonville, Albany Park), Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Addison and Elmhurst, Ill.

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