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.
Our client, a 5-year-old patient, receives almost $8 million in compensation from an NYC hospital in a medical malpractice claim won by Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolf. Representing the injured child with his team of legal and medical experts, Daniel Minc said, "It was great day for the family."
The case involved negligent care on the part of the hospital pediatric intensive care unit for failing to observe bleeding from a simple biopsy wound which caused neurological damage.
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