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Sartain v. Athens Associates in Family Medicine

Practice Area: Wrongful death

Outcome: $975,000 settlement

Description: Mrs. Sartain came to Dr. Anderson's office complaining of, according to Dr. Anderson's notes, "shoulders, back, and chest pain. Dr. Anderson's notes indicated that while Mrs. Sartain had no temperature, she did have an elevated pulse, scattered rales, and a white blood count of 18,000. Mrs. Sartain fell over a stool approximately one week before the visit and these pains were attributed to the fall and her other symptoms were explained as acute bronchitis.Mrs. Sartain returned approximately one week later to Dr. Anderson's office with signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure, however, Dr. Anderson again failed to recognize that Mrs. Sartain was suffering from cardiac related problems. On March 16th, 2002, Victoria went to the hospital where they immediately diagnosed her with congestive heart failure. Although the hospital did all they could do to save Victoria, the correct diagnosis was not made until it was simply too late and on March 27, 2002, Victoria died as a result of severe congestive heart failure. This case was settled for $975,000 one week before trial.,

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