Wrongful Death Case Settled ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wrongful Death Case Settled

The family of a woman who died after being misdiagnosed by doctors has reached a settlement in a medical malpractice case alleging her wrongful death. Johanna L. Rice, 36, died in 2002 (23FEB02) two weeks after seeing physicians at Cherry Tree Urgent Care about pain in her chest and abdomen. According to a statement of facts filed by the plaintiffs, Rice was diagnosed as having anxiety attacks and a peptic ulcer and was instructed to treat the conditions with Pepcid AC and Xanax. An echocardiogram showed evidence of an aortic dissection when Rice complained of sharp pains and burning in her abdomen and chest five days later. The doctors failed to diagnose her condition, and Rice was advised to keep taking the Pepcid AC and Xanax. Rice subsequently suffered heavy bleeding in the tissue surrounding her heart after a rupture of the aortic wall associated with a dissecting aneurysm. The lawsuit was filed against Cherry Tree Urgent Care, a Cherry Tree general partner, Dr. Kishor Joshi, and Mountainview Medical Associates by Rice's daughter, Maranda Rice, and Rice's mother Pamela Sokol.

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