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Beaver County jury awards $1.25M in fatal misdiagnosis

| Wednesday, April 16, 2008 12:00 a.m

A civil jury in Beaver County has awarded more than $1.25 million to the estate of a 35-year-old man who died from what his widow said was the delayed diagnosis of a pulmonary embolism.

The jury found that Dr. Ganapathi Moka and Aliquippa Community Hospital were responsible for 35 percent of the verdict and that Dr. James Tatum was 65 percent liable, said attorney Veronica A. Richards and Sandra S. Neuman who represented the estate of Dennis W. Kilburn.

Kilburn’s widow, Patricia Kilburn, contended that her husband had all the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism when he went to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed as having an anxiety attack and sent home. His primary care physician also failed to diagnose the pulmonary embolism, she said.

is a former freelancer.

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