The estate of a man who died from a massive heart attack, after following the advice of his primary care physician (PCP) to stop taking aspirin, has won a $5.83 million medical malpractice, wrongful death verdict from a Middlesex Superior Court jury for the PCP’s negligence.
The man suffered a serious chest ache that lasted approximately thirty minutes. Emergency medical responders, summoned to help the man, provided him with aspirin and nitroglycerin which stabilized his condition. The man was taken to a hospital where he received a full work up of tests to determine the cause of the episode.
The results from the full array of tests did not indicate that the episode had a cardiac cause. The patient was discharged from the hospital and referred to his PCP. The PCP told the patient to stop taking aspirin, and failed to ask for a cardiology consult. The patient died several weeks late from a heart attack.
The deceased patient’s estate brought a wrongful death, medical malpractice lawsuit for negligence against the PCP for taking the patient off aspirin and failing to refer him to a cardiologist. A jury returned a verdict for the patient’s estate in the amount of $5.83 million.
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