A US District Court jury announced a verdict in a medical malpractice case awarding Sean Stentiford $18,400,000 against two doctors associated with Lahey Clinic. The two physicians, Dr. Southard and Dr. Hreib attended to Mr. Stentiford while he was a patient at the Lahey Clinic.
Mr. Stentiford was a gay man who had complained to his physicians about illnesses and symptoms consistent with HIV infection. David Angueira (lead trial counsel) and his law partner, James Swartz, hope that this judgment will send a message to this
nation’s medical practitioners that the gay community can no longer be ignored, and that HIV
infection is a pandemic that affects everyone.
Since 2006, the Centers for Disease Control had recommended HIV screening of all patients
from the age of 13 to 64 be implemented immediately and that all high-risk patients should be
tested at least annually. Despite these clear recommendations and the rationale behind them to
minimize the spread of this deadly disease nationwide Lahey clinic and its