$7,500,000 • Brain Damage. Negligent Emergency Medicine.
The plaintiff was brought via ambulance to the Emergency Department of Westlake Hospital complaining of chest pain. No physician or nurse performed an EKG for 45 minutes to rule out a heart condition as the cause of her chest pain. The plaintiff then went into cardiac arrest and suffered brain damage.
The plaintiff alleged that a 10-minute standard applied to the performance of an EKG for all chest pain patients. If performed, an EKG would have been positive for heart attack requiring cardiac medications and catheterization.
Defense claimed that even with prompt EKG, cardiac catheterization and standard drug protocols would not have had enough time to take effect or make a difference in outcome.
Jackson, a disabled person v. Westlake Hospital