Kremer vs. Montefiore Medical Center

New York Personal Injury Attorney Judith Livingston of Kramer Dillof Livingston and Moore won a $31 million verdict by a Bronx jury, for the family of a 70-year old woman in a wrongful death case surrounding her early death in 2011. The woman had fatally bled internally after receiving an incorrect heart procedure. Livingston, who represented her estate, explained the circumstances surrounding the untimely death: she had visited the Montefiore Medical Center for a cardiac catheterization. Instead, doctor Vankeepuran Srinivas “misread” the imaging of her heart, and incorrectly performed a stenting procedure incorrectly.

Ms. Livingston argued that because of the location of the blockage in her coronary arteries, the doctor should have performed a coronary bypass instead. These blockages had been clearly visible and thus the initial stenting procedure should not have been performed. As a result, she suffered a major arrest during the procedure, and was then given anti-coagulants, even though no one had checked to see if they were already in her system. She then suffered major hemorrhaging. Her family had been told the hemorrhaging had been the result of a broken rib puncturing her lung, but Livingston successfully clarified that the woman’s autopsy revealed no broken rib at all.