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Wrongful-death claims reveal tragic toll of medical blunders at city hospitals – New York Post

An article by authors, Sara Dorn and Mary Kay Linge (with additional contributions by Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent), appeared in the March 9, edition of the New York Post, in the Metro section, entitled, Wrongful-death claims reveal tragic toll of medical blunders at city hospitals.A terrible statistic was presented in The Post’s team’s important reporting: “Medical misconduct has killed 468 people in New York City’s 11 public hospitals in the past five years, their shattered families allege in wrongful-death claims.”

Kareem Cooley, left, killed himself in 2015 after being sent home from Lincoln Hospital following a suicide attempt. Georgia Thompson died in 2014 after Kings County Hospital staff allegedly botched her treatments. [Images NYP, via Facebook.]

“The city has paid out $34 million to 56 families since 2014, according to a Post analysis of city comptroller data obtained through a Freedom of Information request. More than 400 cases are pending.” It described a number of specific cases with large payouts to families following the wrongful deaths of their spouses, parents, children, etc., due to incorrect practices and/or negligence. This, according to the article, included a “$3.2 million” payout from New York Health and Hospitals, to “the family of Georgia Thompson, who died six years after doctors at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn ignored her tuberculosis diagnosis,” which ended up resulting in her “death of catastrophic organ failure in 2014, according to court documents.” It also tells of a $900,000 Kings County settlement to “Everton Lee of Brooklyn,” who “lost both his pregnant wife, Yvonna Harvell, and their unborn son in 2015 when physicians ignored Harvell’s past history of cardiac problems,” and a $2.85M settlement to the husband of “Gabriela Bravo, a 36-year-old Bronx mother of three,” who went to the Lincoln Hospital ER, was diagnosed “with frozen shoulder, a mild joint malady,” sent home, but, the article stated, “had a case of necrotizing fasciitis. The untreated infection raced through her body and sent her into cardiac arrest two days later, killing her, court documents say.”

The reporters quoted, “Anthony T. DiPietro, a medical-malpractice attorney who represented Georgia Thompson’s daughters,” who, according to the article, said, “What I see too often is that the hospitals don’t make necessary changes until they are hit with big verdicts.”

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