NYC Health & Hospitals and NYU Langone Settle Case for $3 Million
On October 24, 2011, the plaintiff, a 54 year old man, died at the Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan from cardiac arrest. The plaintiff's family sued for malpractice, alleging the hospital was liable for failing to perform an immediate surgery. The delay in treatment caused the deceased cardiac arrest due to an untreated infection in the inner lining of his heart. The family claimed condition could have been remedied with immediate surgery.
The plaintiff was brought to the Bellevue Hospital Center for the condition called Endocarditis, but was advised to postpone the required surgery for a more advanced hospital facility. On Oct 22, 2011 he was transferred to the NYU Langone Medical Center to be monitored by a surgeon. Upon the transfer to the hospital, the plaintiff's condition began to worsen as he experienced chest pain, weakness and breathing problems. Hence, on the morning of October 24th, the plaintiff was transferred back to the Bellevue Hospital Center for a surgery scheduled for the next morning. However, that evening, the plaintiff suffered heart failure that resulted in his death.
The lawsuit resulted in a pretrial settlement negotiation where the defendants agreed to pay $ 3 million.