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Doctor defeats allegation of fatal misdiagnosis
An upstate doctor prevailed in a malpractice lawsuit that alleged that he overlooked a patient’s fatal heart disease. The matter dates to March 28, 2011, when Denise Roma presented to Orange Regional Medical Center, in Middletown. Roma reported back pain, nausea and respiratory impairment. Dr. Michael Jefferson opined that the symptoms were of a musculoskeletal cause. Roma died four days later, and an autopsy revealed severe cardiovascular disease. Roma’s estate sued Jefferson, alleging that he misdiagnosed her condition and should have performed a full cardiac workup. The defense argued that Jefferson rendered an appropriate diagnosis and that Roma’s death could have been a result of an idiopathic arrhythmia. The jury found no malpractice.
Roma v. Orange Regional Medical Center
Injured teacher’s aide loses suit against student’s father
A jury rejected a teacher’s aide’s attempt to recover damages for an injury she sustained while monitoring a kickball game in a Queens schoolyard. The suit’s plaintiff, Denise Russo, was standing alongside the field of play when a 12-year-old boy collided with her while running bases. Russo sustained a fracture of an arm. She later sued the boy’s father, alleging that the February 2012 incident was a result of the boy running outside of the field and failing to look for any bystanders who may have been in his path. The defense argued that the boy was understandably watching play unfold around him, rather than the path ahead of him, and that the accident was a normal consequence of the game. The jury found no negligence.
Russo v. Khan
Couple pays $165K for dog’s attack on visitor
An upstate couple agreed to pay $165,000 to a woman who was mauled by their dog. The payment settled a lawsuit filed by Michelle Curtis. On May 18, 2012, Curtis, then 19, visited the Cairo home of Donna Cicconi and James Cicconi. Curtis was floored by one of the Cicconis’ dogs, a 7-year-old mix of a German shepherd and one or more other types of dogs. Curtis was dragged through the home and into the front yard, sustaining 18 bite wounds along the way. Curtis retains scars, and she claimed that she suffers residual depression. The Cicconis claimed that the dog had never behaved viciously, but their insurer ultimately agreed to settle the case.
Curtis v. Cicconi
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