VerdictSearch Case of Note for Week of October 24, 2011: Medical Malpractice Family awarded $5.72M for patient’s fatal arterial condition* Smith v. Long Island College Hospital Medical Malpractice – New York
A Brooklyn-based internist and his practice were ordered to pay a total of $5.72 million to the family of a patient who was alleged to have died from untreated arterial inflammation. The matter dates to the summer of 2005, when Joann Fowler-Smith, 35, sought treatment of persistent headaches. After weeks of failed treatment, Fowler-Smith was admitted to a hospital, where she died nine days later. Fowler-Smith’s estate sued her treating internist and his practice, alleging that the doctor did not promptly consult a specialist and did not consistently administer steroidal medication that would have saved her. The defense contended that Fowler-Smith was properly treated and that her death was not preventable, but the jury found otherwise.
Smith v. Long Island College Hospital
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Additional Library Resources
The library has several practice guides on the subject of medical malpractice:
- California Medical Malpractice: Law and Practice / by George McDonald, Thomson West.
- Medical Malpractice / David W. Louisell and Harold Williams, Matthew Bender.
- A Practitioner’s Guide to Hospital Liability / James T. O’Reilly, Jolene Sobotka, and Philip Hagan, American Bar Association.