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Jury awards family nearly $2 million in wrongful death suit

A jury awarded the family of a man nearly $2 million in damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit for negligent treatment in failure to diagnose a cardiac condition. The man went to the E.R. for treatment of chest pain and numbness in October 2003. A doctor mis-diagnosed him as having a gastroesophageal problem and reassured the man that he had a healthy heart. Again, the hospital acted negligently when the man’s wife called the hospital in November 2003. The man was experiencing similar pains to those he experienced the previous month and the E.R. nurses who answered the call did not tell the woman to bring her husband into the E.R. He died later that day in a death that may have been prevented if the hospital would have properly diagnosed his cardiac condition.

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