Spouse of Deceased Affected person Sues Gwinnett Hospital System for Medical Malpractice

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Glenda Yarbrough recently decided to file an unlawful death and medical misconduct lawsuit against Gwinnett Hospital System and the CardioVascular Group for her husband's death in 2018.

Glenda Yarbrough recently partnered with Bell law firm to file a medical misconduct and unlawful death lawsuit against Gwinnett Hospital System and CardioVascular Group against Gwinnett County for the death of her husband Ronald Yarbrough in 2018.

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According to the lawsuit, Mr. Yarbrough visited Dr. Lance Friedland joined CardioVascular Group in October 2018 to perform a non-contrast CT scan of his heart "which provided a calcium assessment." In the report for his investigation, his "coronary artery calcification score in his left anterior descending artery (LAD) was found to be 469 – suggesting the likelihood of extensive atherosclerotic plaque in his LAD." That is, he most likely had "one severe stenosis in one of the critical arteries of the myocardium ”.

Unfortunately, Dr. Lance failed to identify and treat Yarbrough's LAD stenosis, "which resulted in a postoperative heart attack and premature death nearly eight months later." The lawsuit argues that if Friedland had followed the required standard of care, he would have had a follow-up appointment with Yarbrough to evaluate him and put together a "potential treatment plan for coronary artery disease." Friedland didn't do that, however. Instead, Yarbrough received a letter from the CardioVascular Group informing him that his "calcium assessment results were not based on a previous stress test and cardiac catheterization from 2006".

Because of poor communication or lack of communication, Yarbrough was later operated on to "put undue stress on his cardiovascular system." Eventually he suffered "an operation-induced heart attack that resulted in organ failure and death," argues the suit. Commenting on the case, Lloyd Bell, Ms. Yarbrough's attorney, said:

"When testing patients, it is the responsibility of the physician and clinician's practice group to review the results, correctly inform the patient of any important abnormal results, arrange appropriate follow-up tests, and ensure that the results are recorded in the patient record. These tasks are important to patient safety and can be the catalyst to catastrophic results if not done carefully. In this case, Mr. Yarbrough's LAD stenosis could have been treated safely and in good time if Dr. Friedland, the CardioVascular Group, and Gwinnett Medical Center done their jobs and met the standard of care, premature death could have been avoided. ”

Right now, Ms. Yarbrough seeks "the full value of her husband's life" and also wants compensation for funeral expenses and other damages.


Medical misconduct lawsuit filed against Gwinnett Hospital System