Jury Awards Family $1,950,000 in Dick Schaap's Death

Publication:The New York Times
Author:Andrew Jacobs
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice / Personal InjuryWrongful Death
Summary:A New York Times article described the case of the much-admired New York sports journalist, Dick Schaap, 67, who died after hip replacement surgery. His family was awarded $1.95 million in damages. Thomas Moore represented the family during the three week long Manhattan trial. Jury deliberations lasted nine days.

For two years before the surgery, Mr. Schaap had been taking amiodarone - medication for an irregular heartbeat - and this medication had injured his lungs. The doctor treating Mr. Schaap never properly diagnosed or treated this lung damage. After the hip replacement surgery, Mr. Schaap went into respiratory distress and died three months later. He never left the hospital.
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