New York Man with Polio Wins Lawsuit against Drug Maker

March 23, 2009

A Staten Island man stricken with polio has won a multimillion dollar lawsuit against a drug maker, claiming he contracted polio 30 years ago while changing his daughter’s diaper.

Dominick Tenuto was awarded $22.5 million on Friday, believed to be one of the highest awards ever on Staten Island.

The lawsuit claims that the oral vaccine Tenuto’s daughter received, which contained a live virus, passed through her body and infected Tenuto while he was changing her diaper.

The 61-year-old Tenuto, a former Wall Street executive, sued two years after contracting polio and losing his job.

The drug maker, Lederle Laboratories, plans to appeal.

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