A Montana jury awarded $1.7 million in a wrongful death misdiagnosis case. Plaintiffs’ medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that a Billings internal medicine doctor misdiagnosed their husband/father’s heart valve condition. Plaintiffs claimed – and the jury agreed – that the doctor should have diagnosed the condition and referred the man to a specialist. The man died a year after seeing the doctor. Plaintiffs’ theory of the case was that had the diagnosis been made in a timely fashion as the ordinary, prudent doctor would have done, the death could have been avoided with a heart valve transplant.
I don’t know about the nuance of facts. That’s a tough claim, the “could have gotten a heart valve transplant” case. But plaintiffs’ malpractice lawyers made the claim stick.