$475,000 in Death for Failure to Perform Cardiac Workup

Laurence Seng was seen at a hospital emergency room where he complained of a persistent cough, chest heaviness and burning following an outpatient urological procedure.

Seng, who vomited in the ER, was administered a gastrointestinal cocktail in an effort to relieve his chest symptoms. However, his pain level increased. An osteopath, Dr. Joseph Robinson, diagnosed Seng as having a persistent cough and discharged him to home the same evening.

At home, Seng continued to experience chest heaviness and developed a racing heart. The next morning, his wife discovered that he was unresponsive. Seng, 66, died of a myocardial infarction. He was survived by his wife and four adult children. Seng’s wife, individually and on behalf of his estate, sued Dr. Robinson, alleging that he chose not evaluate Seng for a potential cardiac cause of his symptoms. Plaintiff alleged that he should have ordered an EKG and a blood test.

The Seng estate asserted that Dr. Robinson knew that Mr. Seng had discontinued his blood thinner before the outpatient procedure but discharged him anyway without ruling out the most dangerous illness or condition, a developing cardiology risk.

At a binding arbitration hearing, the Seng estate was awarded $475,000 for this wrongful death case.

The attorneys successfully handling this tragic matter for the Seng family where Frederic Eisenberg and Brian C. Hall.

Seng v. Robinson, No. 2016-03420 (Pa. Ct. Com. Pl. Montgomery County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling emergency department negligence lawsuits, hospital negligence cases, physician negligence cases, cardiology negligence lawsuits and wrongful death cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Park Ridge, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Willow Springs, Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Bannockburn, Lake Forest, South Holland, Elk Grove Village, Melrose Park, Stickney, Bridgeview, Hickory Hills, Chicago Ridge, Palos Park, Homer Glen, Orland Hills, Mokena, Tinley Park, Markham, Oak Forest, Harvey, Chicago (West Englewood, Avalon Park, South Chicago, South Shore, Woodlawn, Kenwood, Bronzeville, Douglas, East Pilsen, Near West Side, West Town, Ukrainian Village, Austin, Hermosa, Galewood, Lakeview, North Center, Lincoln Square, Arcadia Terrace, North Park, Uptown), Zion, Lake Zurich, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows and Arlington Heights, Ill.

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