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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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Synthes sued for wrongful death, fraud in illegal bone cement trial – Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)

Lois Eskind died on Jan. 13, 2003 when she went into cardiac arrest moments after bone cement made by Synthes and its then-subsidiary Norian was injected into Eskind’s spine by Dr. Bart Sachs at the Texas Back Institute in the Dallas suburb of Plano.
Eskind’s family filed a wrongful death and negligence suit against Synthes and Norian in federal court in Philadelphia on Friday, while alleging Sachs was a co-conspirator.
Eva Sloan is Eskind’s daughter and Sloan is the lead plaintiff, but was joined by her brother and Eskind’s husband, Ike.
Synthes, which was founded in Switzerland and had a U.S. headquarters in West Chester, is now part of Johnson & Johnson.
Synthes, Norian and four company executives pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from a 2009 indictment brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. As part of settlement with the government, Synthes had to sell all Norian assets to Kensey Nash, which has since become part of Dutch life sciences company, Royal DSM.
Federal prosecutors showed Synthes ignored aspects of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and labeling process, while promoting the bone cement to surgeons from 2001 through 2004 and teaching them to use it in surgeries.
Three patients died on the operating table in the unapproved and illegal clinical trials in 2003 and 2004.
Lois Eskind was the first of the three. Ryoichi Kikuchi and Barbara Marcelino were the second and third people to die. They lived in Northern California and their families filed a joint lawsuit against the company and named executives in California state court earlier in 2012.
The legal case was unusual because four executives went to prison, which is rare in health-care fraud cases.
Judge [...]

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