This wrongful death settlement broke the existent record, and was a case
of failure to diagnose a coronary artery disease in the patient—a
38 year-old executive and married father.
The case was set in San Francisco. The patient was an athletic man who
visited a clinic before going to the airport for a scheduled flight to
Colorado and then Mexico, stating that his chest felt tight. His EKG read
normal and there were no existent cardiac risk factors. The doctor told
him that his chest tightness was caused by muscle strain, and allowed
him to get on his plane.
The patient died just seven days later. His tissue was decomposed by the
time his body was returned to California, and there was no visible evidence
of myocardic infarction. There was, however, an 85% sclerotic lesion in
his right coronary artery and congenital narrowing of the left coronary
artery. Our firm fought on behalf of his family, contending that his death
was caused by myocardio-ischemia. We believe this was the largest pre-judgment
medical malpractice settlement to be achieved at any time in the state
We obtained this confidential resolution on behalf of a child who experienced
a normal delivery but suffered a subsequent neonatal brain injury. Upon
developing respiratory trauma, the attendant nurse failed to ensure the
proper immediate response. By the time the respiratory problem was attended
to, the respiratory therapist blew out the infant’s lungs, causing
one to collapse. This was not properly diagnosed, and doctors thus failed
to re-inflate the lung sufficiently, resulting in severe cerebral palsy.
The child now requires 24-hour care.