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Settlement: Xxxxxx Melendez v. NYCHHC and City of New York
Date of Settlement: 7/99
Venue: Bronx Supreme
Plaintiff Attorney: Eric Turkewitz, Manhattan
Defendant Attorney: Cori M. LaCasa, Asst. Corp. Counsel
This action settled after a Notice of Claim was filed and a 50-H hearing was held for $125,000, plus the nonassertion of any Medicaid or Social Services liens over $3,000. Plaintiff, 38 years old, underwent a Caesarean section on 7/23/96 at Jacobi Hospital. Defendant left behind a laparotomy pad during the surgery, and it was not discovered until July 1998 when Plaintiff had a sonogram performed in connection with another pregnancy. Plaintiff claimed that the second surgery to remove the laparotomy pad caused additional scarring of the abdomen.