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Lawsuit over Maui man's radiation treatment settled for $15M

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:33 a.m. HST, Sep 09, 2013

WAILUKU » The family of a Hawaii lung cancer patient treated with too much radiation due to a software programming error has reached a settlement in a lawsuit.

The family of 45-year-old Zacarias Chichioco Jr. of Kahului sued doctors at Pacific Cancer Institute and Varian Medical Systems Inc. after Chichioco's death in 2011.

The case was settled for $15 million before a scheduled trial this month.

The Maui News reports the family will receive $1 million from institute founder and president Dr. Bobby Baker and $1 million from institute physician Dr. Daryl Makishi, the limit of their insurance policies.

Chichioco family attorney Michael Tateishi says Varian will pay $13.25 million.

The case led to a recall of the software that Varian manufactured.

Varian is based in Palo Alto, California.

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
And we wonder why our insurance premiums are so high.
on September 9,2013 | 10:40AM
eoe wrote:
They are so high because nobody has insurance and so the cost of the non-insured gets added to the bills of the insured.
on September 9,2013 | 01:46PM
cojef wrote:
Nice payday for Tateishi the attorney for the victim's family. The customary fees for attorneys around our neck of the woods is 33% of the award. Wow $5Million big ones!
on September 9,2013 | 12:07PM
kkelli4u wrote:
Good Job, but sad for what had happen, and you wonder why we have watch over someone who has a medical condition especially a family member, been there with my young mother............
on September 9,2013 | 12:11PM
Ronin006 wrote:
And the lawyers get 40% of the take.
on September 9,2013 | 06:35PM
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