Failure to Diagnose and Treat Failing Pacemaker Resulting in Death of 9-year Old Girl

A 9-year old girl required a pacemaker due to a birth condition. Her pacemaker function was followed through the use of a Holter Monitor. The EKG tracing recorded by the most recent Holter Monitor was abnormal. The defendant doctor did not appreciate the abnormalities on the tracing. The young girl collapsed and died within hours.

The girl’s parents brought an action for the wrongful death of their daughter seeking to hold the physician responsible for his failure to appreciate the abnormalities of the tracing and timely act upon the findings.

Outcome:

A settlement was reached. The terms of the settlement are protected by a confidentiality agreement.