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October 19, 2013

Son wins malpractice suit in dad's death

A lawyer has won a medical malpractice lawsuit over the death of his father, a former prominent Broward County civic leader, after a judge ruled that hospital officials had concealed evidence in the case.

The decision eliminated the hospital's defense and forced the suit to be settled for an undisclosed amount.

"It's unfortunate that the taxpayers' money was wasted for five years in a case that should have been resolved long ago," said Robert W. Kelley of Fort Lauderdale, who sued on behalf of his father, Robert P. Kelley.

After a two-day hearing, Circuit Judge Carlos Rodriguez found Wednesday that the North Broward Hospital District, "provided intentionally misleading testimony" in the malpractice case of the elder Kelley's death.

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