A jury in Milwaukee County, Wis., deliberated a medical malpractice claim in late April brought by the family of a lawyer who died of a heart attack in 2006. His family claims that the doctor misdiagnosed the man a few weeks before he died and thus did not notice his blocked arteries. They contend that if he had been properly diagnosed, he could have undergone procedures to fix the problem and extend his life.
The family physician who treated him argued that the man failed to come into the office for a follow-up appointment two weeks after the original diagnosis. The physician said he provided the care standard for a family physician.