A $2.9 million verdict has been handed down in a medical malpractice lawsuit against Exodus Healthcare. The lawsuit was filed in the Third Judicial District Court in Salt Lake City by the widow of a man who died after being treated by the defendant. According to the lawsuit, the 55-year-old man visited an Exodus clinic after he developed chest pains. He was misdiagnosed by a physician’s assistant at the facility and told that he was suffering from constipation, the complaint alleged. A second visit to the facility resulted in another misdiagnosis by a separate physician’s assistant and the man died four days later of aortic dissection.
The case was against Exodus Healthcare and tried in the Third Judicial District Court, Salt Lake County. The jury decided on the $2.9 million verdict on February 15, 2017. The Details of the Medical Malpractice Case were released by the plaintiff’s firm in a press release: Keith Wilcox, aged 55, was an employee for the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). One night, according to court documents, Mr. Wilcox developed chest pains. The pain eventually spread from the chest to the abdomen. According to court documents, on November 6, 2011, Mr. Wilcox visited the medical clinic Exodus Healthcare. He was seen by a physician’s assistant (PA). The PA misdiagnosed the medical condition and determined that Mr. Wilcox was suffering from constipation. Mr. Wilcox never underwent any cardiac tests such as a chest x-ray or an EKG. He was not sent to the emergency room.
According to court documents, after more than a week of continued pain, Mr. Wilcox returned to Exodus Healthcare on November 15th and met with a different PA. This PA diagnosed him with abdominal pain and constipation, once again failing to diagnose the actual medical issue. For a second time, no cardiac tests were administered. Four days after his second visit to Exodus Healthcare, Mr. Wilcox died of aortic dissection.
The Jury’s Decision According to court documents, the jury found that Mr. Wilcox was 30 percent at fault for the incident presumably because he could have potentially visited the ER of his own volition. However, the jury also found that Exodus Healthcare was 70 percent at fault and had breached the standard of care. The jury awarded $2,940,250.21 to Mrs. Wilcox and the heirs of the late Mr. Wilcox.
This case is a good example of how health care providers can negligently cause harm to patients. The personal injury attorneys at Ladenburg Law help victims of medical malpractice in Washington State obtain the justice they deserve. If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice, contact us today for a free consultation to learn your rights and options.