$4.5 Million in Damages Awarded to Family of Man Who Died During Stress Test

$4.5 Million in Damages Awarded to Family of Man Who Died During Stress TestThe wife and daughters of a California man who allegedly died in the care of a physician have been awarded $4.5 million in damages.

Susanne Whatley-Miller filed the medical malpractice lawsuit against La Canada Flintridge physician Dr. Collin Cooper after her husband's December 2006 death, according to the Pasadena Star News. The suit alleged that Thomas Miller, a 51-year-old Glendale Community Foundation director, sought medical care with Cooper after experiencing chest pains. The medical malpractice attorney that represented the family said that Cooper then made a misdiagnosis and subjected Miller to a stress test.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a stress test usually involves having a patient walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike while his pulse, blood pressure and breathing are monitored. Having a patient exercise and make his heart pump harder and faster is used to detect heart problems that may not have been apparent otherwise.

Miller died during this stress test, the suit claimed. Now, his family has been awarded nearly $3.5 million in general damages and more than $1 million in economic damages.