The family of Anthony Leone, a 63 year-old retiree collecting disability benefits, recovered $2 million in a settlement of a Brooklyn (NYC) medical malpractice lawsuit against his doctor and a hospital. Anthony Leone died in June 2006, about 2.5 years after a New York Methodist Hospital radiologist detected a suspicious mass in an X-ray.
Leone and his doctor were never informed of the result, and Leone’s cancer was not diagnosed until July 2005. The hospital blamed Leone’s doctor, contending that the doctor was aware of the X-ray but ignored the test’s films after a preliminary reading indicated no problem. A trial resulted in liability for both defendants and a verdict of $4,194,000, but the parties negotiated the post-trial settlement soon thereafter.
Verdictsearch, March 11, 2010.