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Delray Medical Center sued for wrongful death of husband, father – Sun-Sentinel

August 10, 2012|By Karla Bowsher, Sun-Sentinel

Less than three days after doctors treated him for chest pain at Delray Medical Center, a 40-year-old father died of a heart attack, a lawsuit states.
Lazaro Rodriguez’s wife attempted CPR and called 911, but it was too late by the time emergency medical responders arrived. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

According to a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by Rodriguez’s widow in Palm Beach County Circuit Court Thursday, doctors misread test results and improperly treated him after he showed up at the Delray Medical Center ER around 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2011.
After the ER doctor diagnosed Rodriguez with a heart attack, two specialists were assigned to his case: radiologist Fernando Rivera and cardiologist Rodolfo Carrillo-Jimenez, who also goes by Rodolfo Carrillo. Rodriguez did not have his own cardiologist and did not know the specialists who treated him at the hospital.
The lawsuit blames Dr. Rivera for misreading the results of a coronary CTA, a type of X-ray that can identify heart problems such as blocked arteries that could lead to a heart attack. Dr. Rivera reported a “normal coronary CTA” when the result was actually abnormal, the lawsuit states.
Dr. Carrillo-Jimenez is blamed for stopping Rodriguez’s cardiac medications and prematurely releasing him from the hospital. The lawsuit states he sent Rodriguez home on Jan. 13 with only aspirin and ibuprofen despite the patient’s elevated levels of troponin, a protein that indicates heart trauma such as a heart attack.
Rodriguez went into cardiac arrest while at home around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 15.
Joanne Rodriguez, who is seeking damages of at least $ 50,000, could not be reached for comment.
Her lawyer, Nancy La [...]

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Wrongful death lawsuit dismissed in toddler’s fall at Staples Center – Los Angeles Wave Newspapers

A judge has tossed a wrongful death suit filed by a couple who sued the managers of Staples Center over the death of their 34-month-old son, who was fatally injured in a fall from the ledge of a luxury suite.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason heard arguments Friday on L.A. Arena Co.’s motion for dismissal of the case brought in May 2011 by Garden Grove residents Hoia Mi Nguyen and Henry Tang, parents of Lucas Tang.

The judge took the case under submission and later in the day granted the defense’s dismissal motion.
“The court finds that the defendants did not owe a duty to the plaintiffs to properly supervise Lucas to prevent him from falling from the luxury box suite,” Bryant-Deason wrote in a two-page ruling. “The court finds that it was not foreseeable that Mr. Tang and Ms. Nguyen would place Lucas in an openly and obviously dangerous situation by putting him on top of the beverage bar where it was easily foreseeable the he could climb over the tempered glass and fall.”
The judge also said the couple’s lawyers did not show how anything arena officials did or failed to do caused the boy’s fall.
Attorneys for Tang and Nguyen could not be reached for comment.
Michael Roth, vice president of communications for area owner AEG, said the company remains “deeply saddened by the tragic death of Lucas Tang.”
“As the court’s ruling makes clear, Staples Center did not cause this accident,” Roth said. “The court found that plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that anything Staples Center did or did not do caused Lucas’ fall. The court’s ruling in favor of Staples Center, which was made after careful review of all [...]

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