A Manhattan judge has denied a lawyer’s request for additional fees from a $3.75 million medical malpractice settlement, ruling instead that the lawyer had already taken more than he was entitled to.

Norman L. Cousins represented Kevin Veneski in a 1997 suit against Queens-Long Island Medical Group over Veneski’s 1996 stroke, which had left him disabled and unable to work. The matter settled in 2002 for a $3 million lump sum and an annuity yielding $750,000 over the next 20 years.

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