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Medical malpractice claim filed against heart care doctor

If a doctor in Texas does not appropriately diagnose and then treat a patient, he or she might be held liable in Texas. One man in a recent out-of-state case said his doctor did not diagnose or treat his heart problem properly. He has thus filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against both the physician and the group to which the doctor belongs.

The plaintiff said the doctor placed a pacemaker in him since his heartbeat was slow. This occurred after a beta blocker was administered for the purpose of treating the man's arterial fibrillation. The doctor discharged the man the day following the procedure involving the pacemaker; this reportedly took place even though the man had complaints about pain and pressure in his chest.

The man said an echocardiogram further showed a little pericardial effusion on the right area of the heart. The doctor allegedly said the effusion was normal, but the man later returned to the doctor, complaining of weakness and heart palpitations. He then had to have a surgery to drain the effusion. The man claimed the doctor did not treat the effusion in a manner considered timely, and he asserted that he was also discharged prematurely after the procedure and receive inadequate follow-up care.

The doctor and the group being sued have denied the allegations and are demanding a jury trial. As part of the liability suit, the plaintiff is seeking over $50,000 in damages. Those in Texas who believe they are victims of medical malpractice have the right to seek to hold the alleged perpetrators of the malpractice accountable, with a successfully fought claim potentially leading to monetary relief.

Source:, "The Heart Care Group, doctor deny liability in medical malpractice suit", Heather Isringhausen Gvillo, Dec. 21, 2015

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