$6,750,000 Orphan: Hospital Must Pay Girl for Dad's Death

Date:01-04-2004
Publication:Daily News
Author:Denise Buffa
Case
Attorney(s):Judith A. Livingston
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice / Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
Summary:A lengthy article in the Daily News reported on a Brooklyn jury verdict awarding $6.75 million to the children of Richard McNeil, who died due to severe medical negligence. Judith Livingston tried the case, which lasted two weeks with one day of deliberations.

Richard McNeil, a building superintendent and manager of an exotic fish-import firm, was 45 in April 1999. "He went to the hospital at 11:30 A.M., because he was feeling a popping sensation and a constant, sharp pain in his abdomen," Ms. Livingston said. Doctors took an X-ray at 1:30 P.M., "which indicated an aneurysm in the aorta, a major artery, which had a slight tear in its wall," Ms. Livingston said. At 2:30 P.M. Mr. McNeil had a CAT scan, which verified the condition. The hospital did not have the right equipment to perform emergency surgery on the artery. Mr. McNeil had to be sent to another hospital immediately.