Family of Man Who Died After New York Hospital Queens Delayed Operation Receives $7,600,000

Date:04-01-2012
Publication:Daily News
Author:Clare Trapasso
Case
Attorney(s):Judith A. Livingston
Practice Area(s):Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
Summary:The family of a 60-year-old Korean immigrant, Nam Lee, was awarded $7.6 million by a Queens jury for his wrongful death. Judith Livingston represented Mr. Lee's family during the two-month-long trial that ended two days before Christmas.

Mr. Lee went to the hospital for gallstones, and surgery was scheduled for the following day. His name, however, was not added to the surgical schedule for that day or for the day after. "By the time the hospital was ready to operate, Nam Lee was too sick," Ms. Livingston was quoted in the Daily News article. Mr. Lee died on his fourth day in the hospital. "Nobody in the United States of America should die of a gallstone when they get to the hospital in plenty of time," Ms. Livingston added.

Mr. Lee's daughter, Jae Yon, has epilepsy and requires full-time care. Her father had been her caregiver, and when he died she had to be institutionalized. The verdict will allow the family to bring Jae Yon home and care for her there.
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