Doyle LLP Trial Lawyers has initiated a suit against Jason Yoho, M.D., New Braunfels Cardiology, and Mission Cardiovascular Consultants, P.A. alleging medical negligence resulting in the untimely death of its client.
On November 11, 2013, Doyle LLP’s client underwent a cardiac catheterization procedure recommended and performed by Dr. Yoho. As a result of the mishandling of the procedure by Dr. Yoho, as well his continuous failure to appropriately respond to calls for follow up while his patient was in recovery, Doyle LLP’s client went into cardiogenic shock and acute heart failure, resulting in his death on November 13, 2013.
A cardiac catheterization procedure is used to evaluate the heart vessels for blockages that interfere with blood flow. A long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in the patient’s arm, groin, or neck, and is then threaded through the vessel to the heart. Imaging procedures such as angiograms are often used to visualize the vessel(s). In an angiogram, dye is injected through the coronary catheter and x-rays are taken to track the flow of the dye. If the angiogram reveals blockages, blood flow may be improved by inserting through the catheter a balloon to expand the artery (angioplasty) and/or a stent to prop the blood vessel open. Because the overall purpose of the procedure is to enhance the patient’s health, primarily by enhancing vascular flow within the patient’s heart, the procedure requires careful monitoring and evaluation by the physician to ensure that the procedure is helping the patient and not actually causing harm by blocking or reducing vascular flow. Accordingly, it is critical that the proper views be used to evaluate both the site of the procedure and the effect of the stents on other parts of the heart, both during the procedure and after with diagnostic tools such as angiograms.
The standards of care for a cardiologist conducting cardiac catheterization require proper evaluation of the patient pre-operatively; proper evaluation of the patient and his condition once the procedure commences, including utilization of the necessary views of the patient’s heart during the procedure (both to ensure that the procedure is proceeding properly and that no blockages or problems are caused by the surgical procedure); timely evaluation and adequate interpretation of diagnostic imaging, such as angiograms; and timely response to the information provided to ensure that complications (whether as a result of the procedure or otherwise) are identified and dealt with in a timely manner.
Unfortunately, notwithstanding these long-standing and widely-recognized rules in place to protect patients against unnecessary harm, Dr. Yoho, individually and on behalf of New Braunfels Cardiology, failed to utilize the proper views to ensure that his patient was not harmed by Dr. Yoho, individually and on behalf of New Braunfels Cardiology, either 1) obstructed the flow of blood in the remainder of the heart by improper placement of the stent, and/or 2) caused the same harms by shifting plaque into the left anterior descending artery. These failures, and others, of Defendant Dr. Yoho, individually and on behalf of New Braunfels Cardiology, meant that as the blood flow was obstructed to the patient’s heart, he was first was placed into cardiogenic shock, and then acute heart failure, ultimately resulting in his death on November 13, 2013.
Rather than timely address the harms caused to his patient, as Doyle LLP’s Client fought for his life while his heart was increasingly starved of proper blood flow, Dr. Yoho, individually and on behalf of New Braunfels Cardiology, ignored the results of diagnostic imaging, including angiograms, that demonstrated what was going on with his patient and how he might be saved. The clinical evaluations and other test results portrayed an increasingly desperate situation, that was continued to be ignored by Dr. Yoho, that in the end resulted in the avoidable and unnecessary death of the patient.
As a result, Doyle LLP has filed suit against Jason Yoho, M.D., New Braunfels Cardiology, and Mission Cardiovascular Consultants, P.A. alleging that they were negligent in providing medical care, including by:
- Failing to properly perform the initial cardiac catheterization, including by utilizing required views of the heart to identify blockages caused by the procedure;
- Failing to respond to, by way of required interventions and therapies, to the harms caused by the failure to properly perform the cardiac catheterization;
- Failing to treat and/or adequately treat the patient’s condition;
- Failing to order, evaluate and act on appropriate and timely diagnostic tests;
- Failing to initiate appropriate required treatments;
- Failing to exercise ordinary care for the safety and welfare of the patient; and
- Failing to timely intervene and provide required treatments and medication.
Doyle LLP is proud to represent this patient who was injured due to medical care alleged to fall short of the standard of care. Contact us today if you or someone you know has been injured by the negligence of another for an evaluation of whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.