Family of late state lawmaker files 2nd lawsuit in 2006 death

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MESA -- The family of state lawmaker Jeff Groscost have filed a second lawsuit in connection with his death two years ago.

Medical mistakes?

Groscost's widow alleges in the lawsuit filed Nov. 3 that his death may have been caused by a defective implanted defibrillator or a host of doctors who did not properly prepare his blood vessels before the implant surgery.

In a separate lawsuit filed Oct. 2, Dana Groscost alleges that another set of doctors failed to conduct a basic cardiac test and worsened an existing heart condition by performing an unnecessary gallbladder surgery.

The Mesa attorney who represents Groscost and her children says the lawsuits were filed to meet the two-year statute of limitation while the investigation into the cause of her husband's death continued.

The former state House Speaker died at age 45 of heart failure in his Gilbert home on Nov. 3, 2006.

Information from: East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune

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