Hospital Loses Suit: To Pay $1,500,000 in Cardiac Death

Date:09-03-1993
Publication:Daily News
Author:Donald Bertrand
Case
Attorney(s):Judith A. Livingston
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice / Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
Summary:Michelle Facilla's daughter, Renee, was awarded $1.5 million by a Queens jury for her mother's wrongful death. Judith Livingston represented Renee, Ms. Facilla's only child.
When Michelle Facilla went to an emergency room, she "complained of pain originating from the middle of her chest and radiating to the neck, jaw and arms," according to the Daily News article. Ms. Livingston said, "The symptoms would have been recognized by most lay people as clear-cut warning signs of a heart attack." At the hospital, an electrocardiogram showed that she should have been hospitalized immediately, said Ms. Livingston. But Ms. Facilla was told the pain was due to a respiratory problem; she was given bronchitis medication and sent home. The medication was dangerous for people with heart-related problems. Ms. Facilla decided to go to another hospital, but before she could go, her condition worsened. Ms. Facilla was brought back to the original hospital, where she died of cardiac arrest.