$1 Million Settlement for Misdiagnosis Resulting in Pulmonary Embolism Death
P. v. Rockford Health Physicians
We represented the estate of a 22-year-old woman who presented to the emergency room with shortness of breath and dizziness. She had a medical history significant for obesity, was a smoker, and was taking birth control pills – all recognized as risk factors for pulmonary embolism. Her condition was misdiagnosed by the emergency room doctor as a respiratory infection, and she was sent home. Two days later she collapsed and died of a massive coronary embolism. Our client was a single mother who left behind a 2-year-old daughter. The case settled after we produced our experts for deposition. The $1 million settlement was the highest in Winnebago County for a pulmonary embolism case.