~aily dfournal VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS www.dailyjoumal.com fRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009 PERSONAL INJURY PlAINTIFFS' CONTENTIONS: The plaintiffs contended thatDr. MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Wrongful Death Pepitone, during the Dec. 29,2005 office visit, should havesuspected VERDICf: Defense. unstable angina in a patient with CASE/NUMBER: LaDonna many cardiac riskfactors who Mowrey, Jeannine Giem, James complained ofchestpain upon Mowrey v. Stanley K. Kawanishi, exertion andat rest,andhe M.D., Ronald E.Pepitone, M.D. / should haverecognized a cardiac 01CC01872. emergency thatrequired immediate COURT/DAlE: Orange Superior / hospitalization andmedical July24, 200S. intervention. JUDGE: Hon. Steven L Perk. The allegation against Dr. Kawanishi wasthatthe voluminous amount of ATTORNEYS: Plaintiff-Alton J. artifacts ontheJan.6,2006 exercise Smith ill (Law Office ofAlton]. treadmill teststripsrendered the Smith, Costa Mesa). testuseless, andDr. Kawanishi Defendant - Yuk K Law (Law + should havetakenthedecedent to Brandmeyer, UP, Pasadena). the cathlabforangiography. The MEDICAL EXPERTS: Plaintiff - plaintiffs furthercontended that Colin M.Bloor, M.D., cardiovascular Dr. Kawanishi didnotperform pathology, San Diego; Bernard A the exercise treadmill testfora Michlin, M.D., internal medicine, sufficient amount oftimeto makea . diagnosis. San Diego; Fernando Zamudio, M.D., cardiology, SanDiego. DEFE~HANT'S CONtENtIONS: .. Dr. Pepitone argued thathe Defendant - Michael Chaikin, M.D., actedreasonably byreferring cardiology, Pasadena; Michael C. the patient to Dr. Kawanishi fora Fishbein, M.D., cardiovascular repeatexercise treadmill test,and pathology, Los Angeles; William therewasnoindication-for himto Klein, M.D., internal medicine, hospitalize Mowrey on Dec. 29, Newport Beach. 2005 foremergency workup and rscrsTheplaintiff's decedent, treatment. Michael Mowrey, was a 59-year- Dr. Kawanishi demonstrated that oldcustomer service manager he wasabletoreadthe.exercise ofa trucking company. Dr. treadmill test stripsdespite the Ronald E.Pepitone, M.D., was artifacts, andhe found noevidence Michael Mowrey's primary care ofcardiac ischemia to indicate physician fora number ofyears. moreinvasive workup, such as Mowrey hadhypertension and angiography. hypercholesteremia. In May2005, Further, with respecttocausation, Dr. Pepitone sentMowrey to the defendant claimed thatthere Dr. Stanley K Kawanishi, M.D., wasnoextensive narrowing of a cardiologist, to stratify his thecoronary arteriesfound at cardiac riskfactors. Dr. Kawanishi autopsy, andthe decedent diedof performed andinterpreted an unpredictable andunpreventable exercise treadmill testas normal cardiac arrhythmia. Mowrey returned toDr. Pepitone onDec. 29, 2005, with thecomplaint INJURIES: Death ofMichael thathe washaving chestpain Mowrey. Plaintiffs' lossoflove, upon exertion. Dr. Pepitone was companionship andguidance. unclear as to thecause, butreferred DAMAGES: $370,000 (pastand Mowrey toDr. Kawanishi for future financial support); $135,000 another exercise treadmill test to (loss ofhousehold services); ruleoutcardiac ischemic problems. $250,000 (past andfuture non- OnJan.6,2006, Dr. Kawanishi economic damages). performed thetestandconcluded JURY TRIAL: Length, sevendays; thattherewasnoevidence Poll, 9-3 (nonegligence as to Dr. ofischemia. Mowrey died Pepitone), 1()'2 (nonegligence as to unexpectedly onIan.Ll, 2006. Dr. Kawanishi); Deliberation, one Plaintiff LaDonna Mowrey is 61 day. yearsoldandthedecedent's wife; SETILEMENT DISCUSSIONS: Jeannine Giem andJamesMowrey Theplaintiffs demanded $250,000 are thedecedent's adult children. eachfrom Dr. Pepitone andDr. Kawanishi Thedefendants made nooffer. RESULT: Defense verdict.
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