NYU and NYC HHC Settle Death Case for $3 Million

By Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP

In October 2011, Plaintiff was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan to treat endocarditis. Plaintiff’s doctors determined he required surgery at an advanced Cardiac Center so Plaintiff was transferred to NYU Langone Medical Center. The NYU doctors monitored Plaintiff for several days before his health precipitously declined. They then transferred Plaintiff back to Bellevue for immediate surgery. Plaintiff died the day he was transferred back to Bellevue, the night before his scheduled surgery.

Plaintiff was admitted to NYU Langone for a total of 2 days before being transferred back to Bellevue. The NYU doctors claimed Plaintiff was transferred to NYU for pre-surgical monitoring in anticipation of a future surgery at Bellevue. Plaintiff died from a heart attack before he could make it to surgery. He was survived by his wife and three daughters. His annual income was $75,000. In a pretrial settlement, the Plaintiffs estate received $3 Million from the insurance companies’ of an NYU doctor, NYU Langone, as well as from NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, which is self-insured.

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