Family awarded $1.7 million in wrongful death lawsuit

A Montana jury has awarded the family of Gerard Heidt a $1.7 million wrongful death settlement after the family filed the civil lawsuit claiming Heidt’s death was a result of medical malpractice.

Heidt died in October 2005 at the age of 42 after his physician, Dr. Faranak Argani, misdiagnosed chest pain as a torn muscle instead of a leaky heart valve. The jury agreed that Heidt should have been referred to a cardiologist who would have operated on Heidt and surgically received a replacement valve.

Heidt left a wife and four children. The jury awarded $1.6 million for lost wages and $120,000 for the children’s college funds.

In Washington state, the family of a person who has died due to the wrongful or negligent act of another can seek compensation under wrongful death statutes on behalf of their deceased loved one. Wrongful death cases can arise from motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, work-related accidents and criminal attacks.

Billings Gazette $1.7 million verdict returned against Billings Clinic, physician in medical negligence case
February 21, 2011
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent the victims of medical malpractice and their families.

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