Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis Resulting in Death: Jury Awards Parents $6.5 M

Lyme carditisAccording to BangorDailyNews.com, Judy Harrison, February 2, 2023, the Mercy Hospital, Northern Light Health, Maine, has been found guilty in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Peter A. Smith. Smith twice saw the same doctor at the hospital in June 2017 but was never diagnosed with Lyme disease. The doctor noted on a visit,“No signs of Lyme disease.”  

Peter’s illness progressed 5 days after last hospital visit, and he called an ambulance and went to another hospital, where he was immediately diagnosed with Lyme disease which had invaded his heart. He was treated and released but died about a week later from Lyme carditis.

The jury deliberated 3.5 hours before announcing verdict.  Northern Light Health is investigating its next legal move.


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