Man Died of Undiagnosed Coronary Artery Disease, Family Claims
8-7-2019 23:20:00

LOS ANGELES (CN) – A man died because three doctors did not diagnose his coronary artery disease, his widow and daughters claim in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Rachel Lee, widow of Paul Lee, sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Arbi Vartanian, M.D., Chris Aghayan, M.D. and Melissa Emily Toffel, D.O. for wrongful death and medical malpractice. Paul Lee’s daughters Quinn Hana Lee and Maya Pearson Lee, both minors, also sued through their guardians ad litem and mothers, Rachel Lee and Aya Deam, respectively.

According to the lawsuit, Paul Lee died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 25, 2018, due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.

Paul Lee had seen the three defendant doctors on different occasions in the two months prior to his death, complaining of chest pain on two of the visits, according to the complaint. Two EKGs had been done, but were incorrectly interpreted and inadequately acted upon by the doctors, it says.

“Commencing on Aug. 23, 2018 and continuing thereafter until decedent’s death on Oct. 25, 2018, defendants, and each of them, negligently and carelessly examined, diagnosed and treated decedent so as to proximately and legally cause his death. Such negligence and carelessness included, but was not limited to, the erroneous interpretation of the EKGs of Aug. 23, 2018 and Sept. 27, 2018, the failure to inform decedent that his EKGs were abnormal, the failure to make a differential diagnosis that included coronary artery disease, the failure to make a plan and issue to necessary order for tests to rule out coronary artery disease and the failure to order a cardiology consultation for decedent to be assessed and treated by cardiologists,” the complaint states.

Paul Lee’s family seeks general damages for loss of financial support, funeral and burial expenses and other pecuniary losses, interest and costs of suit. They are represented by Gary M. Schneider in Los Angeles.