Michelle Marvel and Michael Rader Resolve Medical Malpractice Case for $500,000. On January 17, 2014, a 67-year-old male presented to an emergency room complaining of right flank abdominal pain, back pain, and nausea. Two CT scans, one with and one without contrast, identified a 5.2 cm abdominal aortic aneurysm and kidney stones. This was a newly diagnosed AAA. Later that day, he was discharged with the diagnosis of renal colic. The next morning he experienced a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain, which caused him to pass out at home. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He reported no feeling in his legs. A CT scan confirmed a large, ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm and retroperitoneal hemorrhage. An emergency surgery was performed to repair the ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Following the procedure he was transferred to the intensive care unit in critical condition. He never regained consciousness and died at 3:17 p.m. on January 18, 2014. The death certificate identifies the immediate cause of death as ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Medical experts testified within a reasonable degree of medical certainty that had the pending rupture been treated on the 17th, he would have survived. His wife settled claims against a Missouri physician for $500,000. Plaintiff’s claims were that the physician failed to diagnosis and treat the impending rupture.