Family member's death allegedly caused by doctor who failed to prescribe proper treatment

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 14, 2019

GALVESTON — Family members are suing doctors, alleging a woman's death was caused after a doctor misread test results and failed to order a cardiac catheterization.

Connie Silvertooth, individually and as representative of the estate of Aubrey Silvertooth, deceased, and Greta Silvertooth, the deceased's daughter, filed a complaint in Galveston County District Court against Dr. Kodlipet Dharmashankar and Dr. Siddhartha Acharya, doing business as Cardiovascular Specialists of Texas, alleging negligence, wrongful death and breach in the standard of care.

The suit states on March 22, 2018, Aubrey Silvertooth was seen by the Cardiovascular Specialists, complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath. The suit says Silvertooth reported feeling dizzy, lightheaded and nearly passing out and provided the doctors her family history of premature coronary artery disease. 

Dharmashankar allegedly carried out an EKG and diagnosed Silvertooth with angina and dyspnea. She plaintiff underwent two tests on March 28, 2018, the suit says, but Dharmashankar misread the results as normal and failed to inform Silvertooth that she would need a cardiac catheterization. 

As a result of the defendants' negligence, Silvertooth died June 8, 2018, after suffering a heart attack, leading to the plaintiffs suffering pain and loss and burial expenses.

Connie and Greta Silvertooth seek trial by jury, compensatory damages and all general and special relief. They are represented by attorneys Donna M. Aversano, Paul N, Gold of Aversano & Gold in Houston, Jana Lei Hartnett of Doyle Law Firm in Galveston.

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-0429

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