Following a two-week trial in September 2021, a Florida medical malpractice wrongful death jury found a cardiologist liable for the death of his 39-year-old patient, awarding $6.46 million. The plaintiff alleged that the cardiologist negligently diagnosed the woman with congestive heart failure, sepsis, and penumonia, and thereafter discharged her to a nursing home where she died four days later. The plaintiff alleged that the woman had viral myocarditis that the defendant cardiologist negligently failed to diagnose, and that the discharge to a nursing home instead of intensive medical care in the hospital was the cause of her death in March 2016.
The woman’s death was catastrophic for her husband and two children, ages 6 and 10.
The plaintiff’s Florida medical malpractice lawyer stated after the verdict, “The defendant primarily thought it was a lung problem and a little bit maybe of a heart problem. This was primarily a heart failure problem and a heart infection that was probably causing some problems in the lungs, but it was primarily a heart problem. A virus that was attacking her heart and they missed it. When you have what is an otherwise healthy 39-year-old woman you need to do everything possible to figure out why. This is a tragic case involving a young family who suffered an unbearable and preventable loss. That is why he was so emotional when the verdict came down. Finally somebody is going to be held responsible for this preventable death. We are so pleased we were able to help Laura’s family obtain justice, and to help ease the burden and anguish of losing their wife and mother way too soon.”
The attorney for the defendant cardiologist and his medical practice stated, “Dr Venzon did not cause that woman’s death. He didn’t contribute to it. There was nothing he could have done to prevent it. She died 5 days after he last saw her in a different facility where he doesn’t practice after 10 doctor visits by other doctors. She never had a proven viral myocarditis. She died of ARDS, acute respiratory distress syndrome, caused by an overwhelming pneumonia that got worse after she was transferred to a facility where Dr Venzon doesn’t practice.”
The Florida wrongful death jury awarded the husband $172,400 for past and $1,021,651 for future loss of support and services in addition to $190,000 for past and $1 million for future loss of companionship and protection and for his pain and suffering. The jury awarded the 10-year-old son $4,462 for past and $10,000 for future loss of services in addition to $500,000 for past and $1.5 million for future loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance and pain and suffering. The 6-year-old son was awarded $6,688 for past and $60,000 for future loss of services in addition to $500,000 for past and $1.5 million for future loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance and pain and suffering.
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