CARDIOLOGY EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Physician Fails To Administer Prescription Medication To Alcoholic Patient CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 58-year-old female patient with a history of heart problems and alcoholism. The patient had developed alcoholism in her early fifties following the death of her son. One evening, the patient drank to the point of falling unconsci …

Patient Expires Following Delayed Removal Of Defective Implant CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 56-year-old male patient at risk for pulmonary embolism who was unable to undergo anticoagulation therapy. The patient had an IVC filter implant placed. The patient complained of persistent pain for weeks following the surgery but  …

Patient Develops Fatal Blood Clots Following Cardiac Ablation Procedure CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 52-year-old male patient in the recovery unit following an ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation. When the patient met the appropriate recovery criteria, his sheath was removed. Upon removal, the patient’s blood pressure began …

Alcohol Withdrawal Patient Is Taken Off ICU Ventilator Prematurely CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 45-year-old female patient with a history of alcohol abuse who presented to the hospital with complaints of abdominal pain. She was admitted for management of alcohol withdrawal. During the course of her admission, the patient was  …

Actuary Assesses Financial Impact Of Commercial Vehicle Accident CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a car that was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle. The passenger was thrown forward and her chest struck the dashboard of the car in which she was riding. In the weeks following the accident, she was diagnosed with cardiac complications. …

Young Child is Permanently Disabled Following Cardiac Surgery CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 10-year-old female patient with Down syndrome that underwent a surgical procedure to repair a hole between her heart chambers and regulate her blood flow. She underwent a subsequent open-heart procedure to remove scar tissue from …

Patient Develops Bacterial Infection Following Pacemaker Implant Surgery CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves an elderly female patient who was given an EKG after experiencing persistent chest pain for several weeks. A heart block was diagnosed and a pacemaker was implanted. While the patient was recovering from the surgery, she developed se …

Infant Requires Heart Assist Device Following Delayed Clinical Evaluation CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a female infant who suffered pneumonia at 16 months of age. She was taken to the pediatrician’s office and seen by a nurse practitioner, not the pediatrician. The infant had a chest x-ray which was read as enlarged cardiac size. Clin …

Inexperienced Paramedic Incorrectly Intubates Patient CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

Inexperienced Paramedic Incorrectly Intubates Patient

This case involves a middle-aged female with a history of diabetes who suffered cardiac arrest in her home. Emergency medical services arrived on the scene within 15 minutes and the decision was made to intubate the patient. The paramedic who int …

Cardiologist Fails To Remove Wire After Surgical Defibrillator Placement CARDIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a middle-aged female patient with a history of chronic heart failure who presented to the hospital to have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (CRT device) placed. During the surgery, the device placement was complicated by a …