The Plaintiff alleged the cardiologist failed to appreciate, over the course of 5 years of treatment, the severity of diagnostic indicators of a rapidly narrowing valve, as well as the decedent’s increased risk of impending death in the absence of typical cardiac index symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath or syncope, as a result of his participation in a vigorous exercise regime. The Plaintiff alleged it was a deviation from the standard of care for the cardiologist to rely on the absence of cardiac warning symptoms as a basis for delaying life-saving surgery, in light of clear, clinically correlated evidence of the accelerating rate by which the aortic valve was closing.
The Plaintiff was prepared to present expert testimony that the life-saving surgery should have been performed as early as 1 ½ years prior to the decedent’s death and that the cardiologist’
“wait and see” approach was grossly negligent, placing the decedent at appreciable risk for impending sudden death.
Evidence that the decedent failed to follow through with an echocardiogram one month prior to his death was presented in defense of the cardiologist. The Plaintiff countered this defense with evidence the cardiologist’
Kiley Law Group, LLC obtained a $3,850,000.00 settlement on behalf of the decedent’s widow and his two young children.
The settlement award represents a sum to compensate the family for their husband and father’s financial support over his lifetime and to compensate his wife and children for the loss of companionship, society and guidance.