Couple Gets $950,000 in Malpractice Suit

Date:02-11-1989
Publication:Staten Island Advance
Author:Tom Cocola
Case
Attorney(s):Judith A. Livingston
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Manhattan man and his wife, Alphonse and Josephine Gentile, were awarded $950,000 for his permanent facial paralysis due to malpractice. Judith Livingston represented the couple.

The jury found that a doctor "was negligent in severing Gentile's facial nerve during an operation for removal of a small facial growth," according to the article in the Staten Island Advance. Ms. Livingston argued that Gentile's right eye had to be surgically closed halfway to avoid blindness. The right side of Mr. Gentile's face has permanent paralysis and he cannot move the right side of his mouth.