$3.6 Million For Failing To Treat A Heart Attack

Heart Attack

John H. Fisher, P.C. recovered $3.6 million for the estate of a 31-year old female who died from a heart attack in Ulster County, New York.

The patient presented with classic cardiac complaints consisting of the sudden onset of severe (10 out of 10 on the pain scale) chest and left arm pain in the Emergency Department of a hospital in Kingston, New York. An EKG revealed an acute myocardial infarction (a/k/a heart attack) and the patient was discharged from the hospital with the diagnosis of anxiety. No treatment was provided for the heart attack.

Five days later, the patient died suddenly of a heart rupture.

The contention in the lawsuit was that the hospital diagnosed an emergency medical condition, namely, a heart attack, but failed to provide any treatment. Had the patient been provided with medical management and bedrest in the hospital, scar tissue would have formed in the left ventricle (pumping chamber of the heart) and more likely than not, her heart rupture would have been avoided.

The recovery will pay for a Structured Settlement Preservation Trust for the future health insurance, educational and housing needs of the decedent’s 3 surviving children.