Radiologist found negligent in $11.5M medical malpractice suit

A jury has awarded a young patient $11.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against a radiologist at Boston’s Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

When the patient was 18 months old, according to the lawsuit, a “significant delay in the diagnosis and treatment of myocarditis” led to cardiac arrest and permanent brain damage. A detailed report from the Boston Globe summarized the case and two-week trial.

Radiologist William Denison, MD, read the patient’s chest x-ray at the time and, according to the patient’s lawyers, missed evidence of an enlarged heart. If he had noticed this evidence, the lawyers argued to the jury, the patient’s severe injuries would have been avoided.

The jury’s verdict was that Denison was negligent. His law team did not respond to the Boston Globe’s request for comment.

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