Morelli Law Firm has filed suit on behalf of the widow of renowned composer Marvin Hamlisch, claiming that the 68-year-old’s untimely death was a result of the medical malpractice of Defendants New York Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. David Cohen.
The complaint, filed last week, seeks compensation for medical malpractice, wrongful death and loss of services, claiming that the mistreatment suffered by Mr. Hamlisch while he was in the patient care of the Defendants following a 2012 kidney transplant was the cause of his death.
The Plaintiff claims she repeatedly contacted Dr. Cohen to inform him that her husband was gravely ill and was suffering symptoms including breathlessness, weakness, anxiety, chills, nausea and exhaustion and low blood pressure, but these were allegedly repeatedly dismissed as symptoms of back pain. These diagnoses were allegedly made without conducting a physical examination of Mr. Hamlisch, and in fact while the diagnosing Dr. Cohen was away from the hospital on vacation.
Upon his return to the hospital on July 30 this year, Dr. Cohen immediately discharged Mr. Hamlisch, telling him that it was “perfectly safe” to take the five-and-a-half hour flight to Los Angeles, where he was to work on a score for the award-winning HBO film Behind the Candelabra. Mr. Hamlisch collapsed almost immediately after disembarking the August 1 flight, slipping into a coma, and was unable to be revived by paramedics. He died five days later.
You can read the filed complaint here.