Attorneys: Settlement in Waianae malpractice suit


HONOLULU (AP) — Attorneys for the family of a 33-year-old man who claimed his toe infection turned deadly because of negligent treatment at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center said a $2.5 million settlement was reached.

Attorneys for Chad Kitayama’s fiancée and parents said the settlement was put on the record during a federal court hearing Tuesday, but that it’s subject to final approval by the U.S. Department of Justice. The lawsuit was filed last year in federal court because of the health center’s federal funding.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Hawaii denied the allegations in the lawsuit. Elliot Enoki, a spokesman for the office, said Wednesday in an email there’s no settlement until it’s been formalized and finalized. He said even if it were finalized, his office wouldn’t comment unless it’s in a public document.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Bradley said in a statement Wednesday the hospital extends condolences to the family.

“At Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, every one of our patients is precious to us and we grieve the loss of any of them,” he said.

 

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