Before the medical review panel was convened, Baton Rouge, Louisiana medical malpractice lawyer, Scott Andrews, settled a medical malpractice wrongful death case for $300,000.
A fifty year old father of two adult children, who was a heavy smoker with a history of heart murmur, hypertension/high blood pressure, cardiomegaly, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, anxiety, COPD, and a family history of heart disease died from a 90% blockage of the left anterior descending coronary artery. During the months leading up to his death, the decedent presented multiple times to his treating family physician and internist in Zachary, Louisiana, with progressing symptoms of heart disease, including chest pains, shortness of breath and leg cramps/Charlie Horse. The doctor diagnosed mild CHF and prescribed Nitroglycerin on the last visit, which visit occurred on the day of the death. The Louisiana medical malpractice attorneys at Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews alleged that despite these symptoms and an abnormal EKG finding, the treating physician failed to prescribe aspirin, to order a cardiac stress test and/or cardiac imaging, and to refer his patient to a cardiology specialist.