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Couple Awarded $6.4M in Failure to Diagnose Case

Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 07, 2013 in Medical Malpractice

A St. Louis man and his wife were recently awarded more than $6 million in a lawsuit against the man's doctor. We thought this story might be relevant to Connecticut residents because it seems like the sort of incident that could happen anywhere, including here in New Haven.

The man, who is now 59, suffered an acute stroke in 2007 as the result of an infection related to a heart condition. His doctor was aware that the man had a heart condition, but never referred him to a cardiologist (even though he referred him to other specialists) or ordered any follow-up tests after the single, original test that discovered the heart condition.

As a result of the stroke, the man now has limited use of the left side of his body, reduced short-term memory and difficulty processing language. He has not been able to return to his job as an IT specialist and bank examiner with the Federal Reserve.

Last month, a St. Louis County jury awarded the man $6.4 million in his "failure to diagnose" lawsuit against the doctor. The doctor has not said whether he plans to appeal the ruling.

As we said, this seems like the sort of incident that could happen just about anywhere. The reason we say that is because doctors everywhere make mistakes all the time, and innocent people are harmed as a result. We do not mean to be scaremongers, but it's just a fact, and we feel Connecticut readers should be aware of it. In the event that you are a victim of medical malpractice, having an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can be of great benefit. Aside from the experience that a reputable lawyer can bring to proceedings, a personal injury attorney can also help to protect your interests while you are recovering. For help with any legal questions that you may have regarding a potential medical malpractice event, contact our law firm today for your free consultation.

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