Widow sues Conn. radiologist after death of husband

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Diane D’Amato of New Milford, Conn., has filed a lawsuit against Michael Waldman, MD, formerly a practicing radiologist at New Milford Hospital, in connection to the death of her husband Tom D’Amato, according to a Danbury News-Times report.

As previously reported in Health Imaging, Tom D’Amato’s spleen was perforated by Waldman during an April 2010 radiological procedure. Examiners found that Waldman had recognized he had perforated the spleen, but rather than admit the error, he sent Tom D’Amato home without instructions or proper monitoring, according to Connecticut Department of Public Health records. Tom D’Amato returned to New Milford Hospital six hours later with complications, and died three days after the procedure.

In addition to Waldman, New Milford Hospital and Radiological Associates of New Milford are also codefendants in the suit, according to News-Times.

Waldman was sanctioned by the state Medical Examining Board on April 17. He received a reprimand and one year of probation, which began on May 1, during which his work must be monitored by another licensed radiologist at Waldman’s expense.

Diane D’Amato said she waited to file suit because she and her husband were not litigious people, but felt the reprimand from the Medical Examining Board was not sufficient, according to News-Times.