$950,000 Settlement in Negligent and Unnecessary Cardiac Procedures

Mr. Doe, in his mid-60s, was diagnosed as having severe aortic stenosis. He consulted with Dr. Roe, a cardiologist who recommended coronary angiography, ventriculography and an aortography.

While Mr. Doe was undergoing these procedures, a catheter became untangled and lodged in his heart muscle. Dr. Roe continued to inject dye through the entangled catheter, which then led to an “explosion” that ruptured Mr. Doe’s heart.

Mr. Doe suffered cardiac arrest, cardiac tamponade and shock. He died the next day. He was survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

The lawsuit against Dr. Roe alleged negligent performance of the cardiology procedure and performance of contraindicated procedures. The Doe family maintained that because the procedures were diagnostic, they were unnecessary in that Mr. Doe had already received the diagnosis.

The lawsuit claimed that Dr. Roe should have stopped the procedures to dislodge the entangled catheter.

Before trial, the parties settled the case for $950,000.

The attorneys representing the Doe family were John K. Moser and Aindrea Pledger.

Doe v. Roe Cardiologist, Confidential Docket.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling medical negligence lawsuits, wrongful death cases, cardiology malpractice lawsuits, hospital negligence cases and birth trauma injury 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 Wheaton, Aurora, St. Charles, Northlake, Park Ridge, Glenview, Highwood, Olympia Fields, Glenview, Elmwood Park, Burbank, Justice, Chicago Ridge, Orland Hills, Blue Island, Chicago (Avalon Park, Calumet Heights, South Chicago, South Shore, Hyde Park, Wrigleyville, North Kenwood, Chinatown, Lower West Side, Ukrainian Village, Lakeview, Roscoe Village, Horner Park, Logan Square, Jefferson Park, Union Ridge), Rosemont, Algonquin, Des Plaines, and Riverwoods, Ill.

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