$1.6 million awarded family of man sent home by doctor FREDERICK COUNTY

November 17, 1992|By Douglas Birch | Douglas Birch,Staff Writer

A state arbitration panel has awarded $1.6 million to the family of a 38-year-old South Baltimore man who died of a heart attack shortly after an emergency room doctor told him he had an upset stomach and sent him home, a lawyer for the family said.

Lawrence Henry Korb Sr., a bottled water deliveryman who worked in Frederick, went to the emergency room at Frederick Memorial Hospital on Aug. 1, 1989, complaining of chest pains, said Joanne L. Suder, the lawyer.

The physician who treated Mr. Korb ordered an electrocardiogram, consulted by phone with Mr. Korb's physicians and then sent the patient home, Ms. Suder said. She said the physician, Dr. Jeffrey Fillmore, concluded that Mr. Korb suffered from aspirin-induced indigestion.

Conrad Varner, the lawyer representing Dr. Fillmore and his employers, Emergency Physicians Associates, declined to discuss the case. He said an appeal was likely.

The $1.6 million award was ordered by a three-member panel convened by the state's Health Claims Arbitration Office, according to papers filed with the arbitration office Friday.

Ms. Suder said the misdiagnosis gave Mr. Korb a false sense of security that apparently led to his death. "When he continued to have some pains off and on throughout the day, he just assigned them to this gastrointestinal thing," she said.

Mr. Korb died of a massive heart attack that evening in Baltimore. He was survived by his wife, Karen, and two children.

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