$1,540,000 Malpractice Award for Family of Former NBC5 Sportscaster, Darrian Chapman

The family of a sportscaster who died of a heart problem after his doctor allegedly failed to perform tests has settled his lawsuit against the doctor and the hospital where the doctor’s office was located for more than $1.5 million dollars.

Darrian Chapman, 37, died in 2002, a few days before a follow-up appointment with his doctor, who had failed to conduct a Holter monitor test, an echocardiogram and a Thallium stress test, the lawsuit said. The doctor also didn’t install an implantable defibrillator to regulate heart rhythm for Chapman, who suffered from cardiac sarcoidosis.

He is survived by his wife and two children, now 16 and 14, from a previous marriage.

Dr. Stuart Greenfield and his employer, Northwestern Cardiology and Internal Medicine, S.C., paid $990,000 of his $1 million dollar policy limits.

The family sued Northwestern Memorial Hospital , on whose campus Greenfield had an office, as the principal and Greenfield as its apparent agent. The hospital paid $550,000.

Robert J. Napleton of Motherway & Napleton, LLP represented the family.

Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas L. Hogan approved the settlement on October 1, 2007 .

The case number is 03 L 3491.