Man's Family Wins $6M Verdict against Doctor, Attorney Says

Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)

The family of a West Caldwell man who died from colon cancer has been awarded $6 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against his doctor, according to the family's attorney.

The family of Ben Serico claimed in the lawsuit that Dr. Robert Rothberg of Montclair was negligent in not identifying signs of the cancer after he underwent a colonoscopy in 2007.

Another doctor discovered the cancer about two years later, and Serico died in December 2011 at age 62.

Bruce Nagel, the attorney representing Serico's widow and twin sons, said the jury's $6 million verdict was "bittersweet."

"While I'm thrilled with the judgment, it is tragic that Ben Serico died because he didn't get the most basic medical care," Nagel said.

The verdict in the trial before Superior Court Judge James S. Rothschild Jr. in Newark, which lasted two weeks, was delivered on Oct. 14.

Rothberg's attorney, James Sharp, could not be reached for comment.

Serico was an assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.