Fitzsimmons Law Firm attorneys Robert P. Fitzsimmons and Brent Wear obtained a successful jury verdict in a medical malpractice wrongful death trial last week on behalf of the family of a 43-year-old female who died as a result of the defendant doctor's failure to diagnose and do a proper cardiac workup. On February11, 2009, the patient was admitted to the Emergency Room for chest pain. According to emergency room protocal, blood was to be drawn at least 6 - 12 hours apart to perform proper cardiac enzyme testing. However, the emergency room doctor drew blood at intervals of only an hour and 20-minutes. The patient was discharged with a diagnosis of "chest pain of unclear cause and bronchitis" and was not scheduled or referred for a stress test as required by emergency room policy. Had a stress test been ordered, it would have revealed that the patient had significant blockage in her two main arteries. The patient died several days later of an apparent myocardial infarction. She was survived by her husband, adult son, three sisters, and a brother.