Heart Procedure Leads to Death

The Incident

A 61-year-old woman with lung and heart problems went to University of Chicago Medical Center in 2014 for her increasing shortness of breath. The doctor did a catheter procedure to measure pressures in her heart and caused damage to the access artery in the groin. After an attempt to fix the artery and 3 days of monitoring, she was discharged. The next morning, she began to bleed internally. After attempts to save her at another hospital, she was dead a day later.

The Result

James Coogan and Caroleann Gallagher presented the case before a jury that found the doctor negligent and entered a verdict for $3,000,000. Full explanation here.

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