On May 24, 2016, a Kentucky medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiffs, who are husband and wife, for the husband’s unnecessary cardiac procedure performed in preparation for knee replacement surgery that led to the husband’s loss of his leg below the knee. The jury awarded the husband $781,986 for his medical expenses and $1.25 million for his pain and suffering. The Kentucky medical malpractice jury also awarded the wife $250,000 for her loss of consortium claim.
The medical malpractice defendants were the man’s cardiologist and a cardiovascular specialist who performed an angiogram on the man. The twelve-person jury found against the defendant cardiovascular specialist by a vote of nine to three, and found in favor of the defendant cardiologist by a vote of ten to two. The plaintiff had sought $5 million in compensatory damages.
The man’s ordeal began in 2012 when his surgeon referred him to the cardiologist for cardiac clearance for knee replacement surgery following complaints of right knee pain. The defendant cardiologist performed the cardiac evaluation that did not uncover any cardiac issues. Nonetheless, he referred the man for further medical tests due to the man’s sedentary lifestyle. The additional testing indicated that the man may have had a blockage in his coronary arteries, for which the defendant cardiovascular specialist was contacted to perform a coronary angiogram.
During the first sixteen minutes of the angiogram performed by the defendant cardiovascular specialist, no blockage was found. Nonetheless, the defendant cardiovascular specialist continued with the angiogram for an additional seventy four minutes.
Following his coronary angiogram, the man developed blood clots that migrated to his right leg and blocked the blood supply below the clots. As a result, the man had to have his right leg amputated below his knee. The man also suffered worsening of his preexisting kidney disease that required dialysis, which continued to the time of the Kentucky medical malpractice trial.
The Kentucky medical malpractice plaintiffs contended that the defendant cardiovascular specialist negligently performed the coronary angiogram, which turned out to be based on a false positive test result and was unnecessary. The defendants alleged that the man required cardiac clearance before undergoing knee replacement surgery and that it was standard procedure to order the medical tests that they performed. The defendants further contended that they did not breach the standard of care in their treatment of the man and that the man was properly informed of the risk of the coronary angiogram that included the formation of blood clots.
If you or a loved one had an unnecessary cardiac procedure in Kentucky or in another U.S. state, you should promptly seek the advice of a Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state who may investigate your unnecessary cardiac procedure claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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