A jury found a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital liable yesterday for the death of the sports journalist Dick Schaap after hip replacement surgery and awarded his family $1.95 million in compensatory damages.
The jury found that two other doctors at the hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan were not responsible even though they had been accused of failing to follow standard medical practice in caring for Mr. Schaap, who went into respiratory distress after the operation to replace his left hip. Mr. Schaap, 67, died on Dec. 21, 2001, three months after the surgery, having never left the hospital. His family had sought $21 million.
"This case was never about the money," his widow, Trish, said after the verdict. "We felt that this was the only way to get hospitals to pay attention and to not sweep their mistakes under the rug."
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