Dallas Doctor Liable For Undiagnosed Medical Condition That Lead To Death
A jury awarded $3.5 million to the family of a man who died from an undiagnosed heart condition. In 2006, Darrick Stephens, 32, died of heart failure. An autopsy revealed a pheochromocytoma, an adrenaline-producing tumor, which stressed his heart and caused his death. On two occasions less than five months before his death, Stephens went to Dr. Neeta Bavikati at Dallas Cardiology Associates with complaints of headaches, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and chest pains. Stephens' family claimed Bavikati failed to order tests for the deadly heart condition and failed to tell Stephens to have the tests done. The family claimed that the tests would have uncovered the condition and allowed treatment to prevent his death. Bavikati argued that she advised Stephens to be tested for the condition, but that he failed to do so.