The Doctor’s Advocate | Fourth Quarter 2015
Case Studies

What to Expect from Litigation: Dr. Go’s Perspective

Each quarter, we highlight one member’s personal experience in facing a malpractice claim. Hearing peers discuss the emotional impact of being sued and the support they receive throughout the litigation process provides valuable information to any physician who might become the target of litigation.

This quarter, we feature Dr. Darlene M. Go, a cardiologist in Windermere, Florida, who generously agreed to share her experience. Dr. Go was consulted when a man complaining of chest pains was admitted to the hospital. After a stress test indicated abnormal results, Dr. Go performed a heart catheterization, and the patient was subsequently discharged. The patient later experienced difficulties walking and presented to his primary care physician with an occlusion of the femoral artery, which led to surgery. The patient filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. Expert testimony played a key role in this complex, technical case.

Supported by The Doctors Company, Dr. Go maintained she had appropriately evaluated the patient before he was discharged, and the jury exonerated her.

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