Lisa Zenzen Baker, 1961-2003


Friday, November 11, 2005


Lawsuit in Rensselaer woman's
death settled out of court

A lawsuit alleging that a doctor at Albany Memorial Hospital’s emergency room failed to diagnose a heart condition of a woman who died an hour after she was given a brief examination and sent home has been settled

The case, which has been reported in several items posted on this page, was filed in May 2004 by the woman's husband, Frederick W. Clark Sr. on of his 58-year-old wife.

Clark, a retired city fire driver, served on the Rensselaer Common Council in the 1990s.

The case was noted here as an example of dozens of lawsuits alleging medical malpractice that have been routinely ignored by the Capital Region’s media outlets.

The settlement came just before a hearing at which a judge was to have set a date for a trial, court records show.. While not revealing the terms of the settlement, Clark said he was satisfied with the outcome.

“It’s fair,” he said. “And I am told the doctor is no longer in emergency medicine.”

The defendants in the case were represented by two law firms. One of them was Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney and Laird, which is also representing Samaritan Hospital and Northeast Health, Inc. in Lisa’s case.

Northeast Health operates both Samaritan Hospital in Troy and Memorial Hosptal in Albany.