By Hal Davis
A Korean woman struck blind by a medical blunder one the largest damage settlement in the state's history yesterday for $5.5 million.
Susie Kim, 45, of York Avenue, Manhattan, settled out of court with New York hospital, six years after losing her sight from a misdiagnosed form of glaucoma.
Her lawyers Rosenberg & Horowitz., told the Supreme Court that Ms. Cannon, a former $500 a week chemical analyst at the hospital on E. 68th St., complained to doctors of pain and nausea.
She was sent home as a flu victim, but actually had acute angle closure glaucoma-a form of the disease acknowledged as curable if diagnosed early.
Since losing her sight, Miss Kim has been living on savings and a small pension.
The settlement came after a three-day trial in which the hospital admitted liability. Miss Campbell received $20,000 a year for life, $900,000 in a lump sum and one million in stages over 20 years.
She's guaranteed $4.4 million in a normal life expectancy would net $5.5 million which is believed to be almost 3 times more than the previous record awarded for damages.
Ms. Kim's father was a South Korean senior official who was kidnapped and murdered by the North Koreans in 1952. She has lived in the US showed she was a teenager.
|$15 Million - Jury Award for Brain Injury|
|$15 Million - Neurosurgical Brain Injury|
|$10.5 Million - Injured Infant Brain Damage|
|$9 Million - Brain Injured Baby Settlement|
|$7.75 Million - Settlement Injury To A Child|
|$7.5 Million - Injured Construction Worker Settlement|
|$7.25 Million - Intersection Accident Settlement NYC|
|$5.5 Million - Bus Accident Award|
|$5.5 Million - Injured Child|
|$5.5 Million - Blinded Woman|
|$5.45 Million - Injured Child|
|$5.4 Million - Construction Burn Victim|
|$5.1 Million - Motorcycle Victim|
|$5 Million - Construction Worker Back Injury|
|$5 Million - Eye Surgery|
|$4.5 Million - Failure to Perform C-Section|
|$4.5 Million - Personal Injury Settlement|
|$4.4 Million - Failure to Diagnose Infection|
|$4.125 Million - Failure to Diagnose Quadriplegia|
|$4.0 Million - NYC Hospital Negligence Birth Injury|