9/11 Victim’s Compensation Claims – $260 Million

Our firm offered free legal services to the families of the firefighters killed, and those injured, at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. We represented 65 families of firefighters/fire officers who lost their lives and 297 firefighters who were injured and applied to the Victim Compensation Fund. While many lawyers requested fees to perform similar services, we always believed that it was appropriate for our firm to perform these services on a pro-bono basis. After two years of working on these claims, we were able to recover $260 million for our clients.

Police Shooting – Boy Paralyzed – $92 Million Verdict

Against the City and in favor of our client, a 17-year old boy who was shot by a police officer, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. This was a re-trial of a case which had resulted in a jury verdict of $41 Million. The policeman alleged that our client pointed his gun at the officer and was about to shoot him. But the young man claimed that he had already dropped his gun and was on his knees. The jury unanimously held that the policeman’s shooting of the plaintiff was not legally justified.

Twin Brain Damaged at Birth – $61.6 Million Verdict

In favor of our client, an injured twin (Twin “B”), who was delivered 42 minutes after his brother, (Twin “A”) without being continually monitored for fetal distress. Twin “B” suffered asphyxia shortly prior to birth. We proved to the Jury that proper monitoring would have revealed signs of oxygen deprivation, which would have warranted an earlier delivery via cesarean section. Twin “B”, now age 6 is intelligent, but requires the assistance of a walker or wheelchair and has difficulty with his speech. His brother, Twin “A”, is fine.

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer – $31 Million Verdict

For our client, a woman with Stage IV (incurable) breast cancer. We demonstrated that the treating Doctor did not respond appropriately to the patient’s complaint of a lump on her breast. The Doctor advised that since the patient did not have a family history of breast cancer and was young, that the lump was just a cyst and was nothing to worry about. About ten months later, when the lump grew, the patient went to another Doctor who diagnosed breast cancer. Our expert in the field of oncology testified during trial that had the cancer been diagnosed ten months earlier, the patient would have been in either Stage I or II and would have had a good chance of survival.

Unsafe Premises – Gas Leak $25 Million Recovered

A 43-year-old man and his two-year-old daughter suffered 70% and 50% total body surface burns, respectively, when a gas explosion occurred in their apartment. The father died from his burns and was survived by his wife and three children.

Police Car Strikes Pedestrian – $14.4 Million Verdict

Against the City Of New York for the negligent operation of a police car that struck down a pedestrian crossing in the middle of the block resulting in permanent and disabling brain damage. The Jury found the police officer to be 100% at fault.

Firefighters Killed in Supermarket Fire – $13.5 Million Settlement

Reached at trial for our clients, the widows of six firefighters killed, and several firefighters injured, at a supermarket fire when the roof from which they were fighting the fire suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed. We claimed that the building did not contain the proper fire-stopping walls in violation of the building code, causing the fire to spread much more rapidly and, in turn, for the roof to collapse prematurely.

Defective Circuit Breakers in Apartment – $10.5 Million Verdict

In favor of our client, whose 4-year old daughter died in an apartment fire but only after she frantically tried to save her. The verdict was against the building owner which improperly installed the wrong circuit breakers in the apartment building. As a result, heat which was generated from an overloaded circuit caused a fire in the apartment. Expert testimony demonstrated that the fire would have been prevented had the appropriate circuit breakers been installed to shut down the electrical source of the heat, which ultimately resulted in the fire. Jury unanimously held that the owner was negligent in failing to have adequate circuit breakers and rendered one of the largest awards ever for the death of an infant.

Motorcycle Accident – Paraplegia $8.8 Million Recovered

32-year-old motorcyclist struck a turning car in order to avoid an illegally parked truck, resulting in permanent spinal cord damage and paraplegia.

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer – $7.6 Million Verdict

In favor of our client, a Director of Nursing, who had a mammogram/sonogram of her left breast. The sonogram revealed three small cysts. Our proof was that the Doctor did not follow up on that finding over the next two years and that he was obligated to make sure the patient had additional mammograms and sonograms. When the patient felt a lump in that same breast, for the first time, (about two years after her last visit with the Doctor), she went for another mammogram and cancer was discovered shortly thereafter. The Doctor’s negligence caused the cancer to spread to the bones and then to the lungs, making the disease terminal and depriving the patient of any chance of cure or recovery. Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer – $1.162 Million Recovered Physician treating a 57-year-old divorced mother of four, failed to perform proper surgery to remove breast cancer resulting in her death.

Brain Injury at Birth – $7.5 Million Recovered

Hospital physicians failed to properly deliver a baby boy resulting in birth asphyxia and permanent brain damage.

Motor Vehicle Accident – Paraplegia $7.2 Million Recovered

23-year-old female teacher passenger in a two-car collision resulting in complete paraplegia.

Multiple Vehicle Accident – $6.7 Million Recovered

65-year-old female passenger in multiple vehicle accident suffered severe head injuries resulting in her death 18 months later. She was survived by 3 adult children.

Firefighter – Unsafe Flooring – $6 Million Recovered

41-year-old fire department captain, while working at scene of a fire, fell through an improperly supported floor resulting in burns over 75% of body and ultimately in his death.

General Negligence – Buried by Compost – Death $5.9 Million Recovered

38-year-old husband and father of three was killed when he was cleaning the back of his truck at a landfill and was buried alive by hot compost which was dumped on him by a careless town employee.

Worker Falls From Telephone Pole – $5.5 Million Verdict

Our client, a telephone lineman, was rendered a paraplegic when the telephone pole he had climbed fell over. The pole had previously been cut by his employer. We proved that the Utility Company was negligent in failing to maintain the pole or in not warning our client of the danger.

Surgical Injury to Pancreas – Paraplegia – $5.2 Million Recovered

A 70-year-old man became a paraplegic when his surgeon injured the patient’s pancreas during the surgery and didn’t diagnose and treat the complications but instead went on a vacation.

Man Struck By Subway Train – $5.1 Million Verdict

Against the Transit Authority and in favor of our clients, the family of a 56-year old man who died when he was struck by a train. He had been standing on a subway platform when he became dizzy, collapsed and fell on the subway tracks. We proved to the jury that the train operator was negligent in not noticing the plaintiff on the tracks in time to bring the train to a safe stop.

Brain Injury at Birth – $5.3 Million Recovered

Hospital’s failure to properly treat pre-eclampsia in pregnant woman resulting in seizure causing loss of oxygen to baby in utero. As a result the baby was born with severe brain damage.

Failure to Treat Pre-Eclampsia – $5.3 Million Recovered

Hospital’s failure to properly treat pre-eclampsia in pregnant woman resulting in seizure causing loss of oxygen to baby in utero. As a result the baby was born with severe brain damage.

Firefighter – Lack of Self-Closing Doors – Death $5.2 Million Recovered

A 27-year-old firefighter, married and soon-to-be father, succumbed to smoke in building when fire spread due to the improper removal of self-closing door mechanisms and because the standpipe had been turned off.

Man Struck By Subway Train – $5.1 Million Verdict

Against the Transit Authority and in favor of our clients, the family of a 56-year old man who died when he was struck by a train. He had been standing on a subway platform when he became dizzy, collapsed and fell on the subway tracks. We proved to the jury that the train operator was negligent in not noticing the plaintiff on the tracks in time to bring the train to a safe stop.

Brain Injury at Birth – $5 Million Recovered

Physicians failed to recognize fetal distress resulting in brain damage at birth.

Birth Related Injury – $5 Million Recovered

Brain damage suffered by a 3-day-old baby when physicians and hospital staff did not properly treat symptoms including a distended stomach. Brain Injury at Birth – $3 Million Recovered Brain damage in a newborn baby boy due to the negligence of hospital physicians during his delivery.

Child Runs into Side of Bus – $5 Million Recovered

Reached at trial for our client, a child, who ran into the side of a moving Transit Authority bus and sustained brain damage. Our claim was that the bus driver could have avoided the accident had he operated his vehicle in a more careful manner.

Surgical Error – $5 Million Recovered

64-year-old man suffered irreversible and extensive brain damage as a result of a delay in responding to cardio respiratory arrest following surgery for a bilateral knee replacement.

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer – $4.7 Million Recovered

Nurse practitioner ignored a lump in the breast of a 36-year-old married mother of 3 children, delaying her diagnosis of breast cancer and resulting in her death.

Surgical Error – $4.7 Million Recovered

Hospital was negligent in failing to diagnose and treat post-operative complications of a 50-year-old patient’s thyroid removal causing her to lapse into a coma and suffer permanent brain damage.

Cerebral Palsy – $4.5 Million Verdict

In favor of our client, a newborn, and against the hospital which failed to render treatment to the infant who was having breathing difficulties. The infant had a normal delivery but developed problems breathing in the nursery despite observations by the nurse which indicated respiratory problems. No doctor arrived to assist the child, resulting in a mild case of cerebral palsy. The jury held that the child’s brain damage was a result of medical malpractice.

Surgical Error – $4.5 Million Recovered

A 20-year-old woman undergoing a cesarean section delivery of her baby was negligently given anesthesia resulting in oxygen deprivation and permanent severe brain damage.

Brain Injury at Birth – $4.3 Million Recovered

Baby boy was born with brain damage due to negligence by the hospital physicians in failing to perform an emergency cesarean section when there were signs of fetal distress.

Motor Vehicle Accident – Herniated Discs $4.1 Million Recovered

A metal portion of a passing truck became unsecured and hit a 45-year-old motorist, causing several herniated discs in his neck which required multiple surgical procedures.

Brain Damage following Thyroidectomy – $4 Million Recovered

For our clients, the family of a 38-year old woman who suffered brain damage and total disability after the surgical removal of her thyroid gland. We demonstrated that our client suffered brain damage after a cardiac arrest caused by the failure of hospital and medical personnel to anticipate, recognize and treat hypocalcemia, a known complication of thyroidectomy which can cause the muscles in the throat to constrict.

Brain Injury at Birth – $4 Million Recovered

Hospital employees and obstetrician failed to deliver a baby after there were signs of distress resulting in oxygen deprivation and permanent brain damage.

Brain Damage following Thyroidectomy – $4 Million Recovered

For our clients, the family of a 38-year old woman who suffered brain damage and total disability after the surgical removal of her thyroid gland. We demonstrated that our client suffered brain damage after a cardiac arrest caused by the failure of hospital and medical personnel to anticipate, recognize and treat hypocalcemia, a known complication of thyroidectomy which can cause the muscles in the throat to constrict.

Deliveryman Shot in Apartment Building – $4 Million Recovered

Reached during trial for our client, a deliveryman, shot by two unknown assailants who were able to gain entry through the unattended front door of an apartment building. Our client was left paralyzed below the waist. We claimed that the building’s security was inadequate in not having a guard posted at the entrance at all times in light of the history of crime in the building area, according to records we obtained.

Brain Injury at Birth – $3.8 Million Recovered

Hospital employees and obstetrician failed to promptly deliver a baby causing the baby to become oxygen deprived resulting in permanent brain damage.

Construction Accident – Roof Collapse Man Lift Tips Over – $3.7 Million Recovered

38-year-old bridge painter fell 25 feet from man-lift when it rolled into an unguarded trench causing it to tip over, resulting in permanently disabling bilateral leg fractures, wrist fracture and herniated lumbar disc, requiring multiple surgeries.

Failure to Perform C-Section – $3.7 Million Recovered

Obtained on eve of trial for our client, an infant, who suffered permanent brain damage as a result of deprivation of oxygen, which, we asserted, was caused by the failure of the medical providers to recognize the need for a Cesarean Section in lieu of a natural delivery.

Laborer Fell Through Hole – $3.6 Million Recovered

Reached during Trial for our client, a steamfitter who was rendered a paraplegic when he fell through a hole at a construction site which, we contended, was neither properly covered nor barricaded.

Pedestrian Struck by Rented Vehicle – $3.6 Million Recovered

Was reached just prior to trial for our client, who sustained a serious back injury when a rented vehicle mounted the sidewalk and struck her. She required extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation and is now limited in the daily activities that she could perform.

Worker Falls from Roof – $3.5 Million Verdict

In favor of our client, a maintenance worker, who suffered brain damage and a badly fractured elbow when he fell some 20 feet off the roof of a supermarket. At the time, he was trying to replace a large piece of roofing that had been blown off by the wind when he himself was blown off the roof by a gust of wind. We proved that the building owner’s failure to furnish a safety harness to our client was in violation of New York’s Labor Law.

Mishap During Heart Surgery – $3.5 Million Recovered

Reached at trial for our client, a one-month old baby, who was operated on for heart surgery. We claimed that during the surgery the hospital physicians negligently impaired the circulation in the infant’s leg and thereby caused it to be amputated.

Failure to Diagnose Aortic Dissection – $3.5 Million Recovered

A 38-year-old firefighter died from a ruptured aorta after he was improperly released from a hospital even though he had continuous chest pains.

Failure to Treat DVT – $3.5 Million Recovered

Death of a 27-year-old woman as a result of the failure on the part of her doctors to treat deep vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism.

Failure to Diagnose Meningitis – $3.2 Million Recovered

Reached at trial for our client, an infant twin, who suffered brain damage. We claimed that a hospital and the infant’s doctor were negligent in not properly diagnosing a baby’s meningitis. Had it been promptly diagnosed and treated, we alleged that brain damage would not have occurred.

Bicyclist Dragged by Bus – Brain Damage $3.1 Million Recovered

16-year-old bicyclist struck by car sustaining head injuries. Emergency room discharged him without proper treatment for head injury, resulting in brain damage.

Roadway Defect – Tree Too Close to Road $3 Million Recovered

Tree planted too close to road was struck by vehicle operated by 30-year-old doctor causing permanent brain damage.

No Guardrails – Driver Strikes Tree – $3 Million Recovered

Reached during trial for our client, who sustained serious head injuries when her vehicle left the road surface and struck a tree adjoining the road. It was successfully demonstrated that a guardrail should have been installed along the road surface to prevent vehicles from striking the trees, which were set too close to the road. We demonstrated that the placement of trees two feet from the side of a major cross street was an improper design and that it was the cause of our client’s injuries.

Failure to Properly Use Medical Equipment – $3 Million Recovered

Hospital’s negligent assembly of a heart lung bypass machine resulted in a 3-year-old boy suffering a stroke while undergoing surgery. As a result, the child suffered left sided paralysis, seizures, gross developmental delays and cognitive and perceptual disability.

No Guardrails – Driver Strikes Tree – $3 Million Recovered

Reached during trial for our client, who sustained serious head injuries when her vehicle left the road surface and struck a tree adjoining the road. It was successfully demonstrated that a guardrail should have been installed along the road surface to prevent vehicles from striking the trees, which were set too close to the road. We demonstrated that the placement of trees two feet from the side of a major cross street was an improper design and that it was the cause of our client’s injuries.

Brain Injury at Birth – $3 Million Recovered

Hospital’s failure to react to signs of fetal distress resulted in baby suffering permanent brain damage.

Construction Accident – Fatal Crush Injuries $3 Million Recovered

48-year-old truck driver sustained fatal crush injuries at construction site when the operator of an excavator attempted to use excavator to loosen material on his truck causing the truck to topple over on to him. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

Motor Vehicle Accident – Paraplegia $3 Million Recovered

30-year-old expectant father driving home from gym was struck by a city ambulance that failed to slow down at intersection, resulting in paraplegia.

Construction Accident – Fall From Excavating Machine $3 Million Recovered

27-year-old laborer jumped off an excavating machine into a pit when he thought it was going to tip over, causing him to suffer disabling back and left leg injuries with multiple fractures, requiring multiple surgical procedures.

Electrocution – $3 Million Recovered

For our client, a man who was left in a persistent vegetative state after electrocuting himself on a machine he had hot-wired to move under its own power, rather than push. We successfully argued that the machine had a defective safety switch which, if operating properly, would have prevented electrocution.

Motor Vehicle Accident – Neurological Injuries – $2.9 Million Recovered

A 61-year-old retired Fire chief while driving was struck by city owned van that ran red light causing brain trauma, coma and multiple neurological injuries.

Brain Injury at Birth – $2.9 Million Recovered

Cerebral Palsy and brain damage suffered by a twin boy at birth because the doctors delivering him did not perform a cesarean section when they became aware of fetal distress.

Surgical Error – $2.9 Million Recovered

A 27-year-old married mother bled to death shortly after the birth of her second child because the hospital doctors performed a hysterectomy causing a hemorrhage.

Failure to Diagnose Diabetes – $2.9 Million Recovered

Death of a 26-year-old married father of two because his condition of diabetes was not recognized or investigated by the doctors treating him.

Brain Injury at Birth – $2.8 Million Recovered

Emergency cesarean section performed on a woman who was discharged from the hospital one day earlier with vaginal bleeding, resulting in brain damage to her newborn son.

Motor Vehicle Accident – Rear End Collision – $2.7 Million Recovered

50-year-old corporate recruiter was in his car when it was rear-ended by a box truck resulting in herniated discs to his lumbar and cervical spine that required multiple surgical procedures.

Brain Injury at Birth – $2.6 Million Recovered

Obstetrician’s failure to diagnose pre-term labor in woman who presented to hospital with complaints of contractions and abnormal findings on sonogram showing signs of cervical shortening, resulted in baby’s premature birth and an intracranial hemorrhage requiring surgical shunt placement with numerous revisions, hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy.

Failure to Treat Pre-Eclampsia – $2.6 Million Recovered

A 35-year-old married mother died 6 days after the birth of her second child because physicians failed to properly treat pre-eclampsia around the time of childbirth.

Unsafe Premises – Door Sill – $9.6 Million Recovered

33-year-old intoxicated tenant tripped on a defective metal door sill as he was leaving his building, causing him to fall over parapet wall and down cellar steps, rendering him a paraplegic.

Brain Injury at Birth – $2.5 Million Recovered

Physician delivering twins failed to recognize that the second baby was in fetal distress resulting in oxygen deprivation and permanent brain damage.

Failure to Treat Pre-Eclampsia – $2.5 Million Recovered

Death of a 34-year-old mother of two children shortly after childbirth due to the negligence of the physicians in treating pre-eclampsia.

Failure to Treat Pre-Eclampsia – $2.5 Million Recovered

39-year-old mother of two died shortly after the birth of her baby because hospital doctors caring for her did not properly treat hypertension and pre-eclampsia.

Construction Accident – Unsafe Ladder – $2.5 Million Recovered

33-year-old carpenter fell from an unsafe ladder at construction site resulting disabling injuries, including torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the right knee, wrist fracture and herniated discs requiring surgery.

Failure to Diagnose Meningitis – $2.5 Million Recovered

Hospital doctors failed to properly investigate symptoms of a newborn baby including rapid breathing and fevers resulting in a delay in diagnosing meningitis and permanent brain damage.

Failure to Diagnose Heart Disease – $2.3 Million Recovered

Death of a 48-year-old man, married with one child, when his primary care physician failed to follow up and refer the patient to a cardiologist even though several prior EKGs showed that he had suffered a silent heart attack.

Failure to Treat Urinary Tract Infection – $2.3 Million Recovered

47-year-old, married and mother of two, suffered brain damage when a urinary tract infection was improperly treated causing her to have an extremely high fever and seizures that caused brain damage.

Motor Vehicle Accident – Traumatic Brain Injury – $2.275 Million Recovered

A 38-year-old married passenger in a taxi cab, which was struck by another vehicle, suffered a traumatic brain injury and internal injuries, requiring multiple surgeries.

Subway Accident – $2.2 Million Recovered

56-year-old husband and father of one fell on the subway tracks and was killed when the subway operator failed to properly react and stop his train in time.

Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Two Vehicles’ Successive Collisions – $2.2 Million Verdict

In favor of our clients, the family of a pedestrian who was struck down by an SUV that ran a red light, which then crashed into a newsstand. A City Transit Bus operator, after seeing the SUV crash, proceeded into the intersection and ran over the victim. We proved that the Bus Operator was negligent in not stopping the bus and that our client’s husband was still alive when the bus ran him over. The Jury found both operators to be liable for his death, attributing the majority of the fault to the Bus Operator.

Subway Accident – $2.2 Million Recovered

56-year-old husband and father of one fell on the subway tracks and was killed when the subway operator failed to properly react and stop his train in time.

Failure to Administer Blood Transfusion – $2 Million Recovered

50-year-old firefighter died when hospital doctors who knew that he had been bleeding internally failed to give him a transfusion and when his surgeon who was five minutes away didn’t come to the hospital. He was survived by his wife, two adult children and a 17-year-old son.

Brain Injury at Birth – $2 Million Recovered

Hospital’s failure to perform emergency c-section delivery resulted in permanent neurological injury to newborn.

Municipal Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian – $2 Million Verdict

Before reduction for comparative fault of our client, who was crossing the Cross-Bronx Expressway at night when he was struck by a New York City Department of Parks vehicle. He suffered permanent brain damage and had no recall of the incident. The jury found that the accident was caused, in part, by the negligence of the driver of the City vehicle even though our client was crossing a major highway in the dark.

Police Cars Collide at Intersection – $2 Million Verdict

In favor of our client, a police officer, who was injured in an intersection collision between two police cars that were each responding to emergency calls. Our client sustained a fractured jaw requiring open reduction and internal fixation and a fracture of the cervical spine.

Failure to Discontinue Chemotherapy – $2 Million Recovered

Reached during trial for our clients, the family of a 43 year-old homemaker with Stage I Breast Cancer who died suddenly after being administered Chemotherapy drug. We contended that, based upon her prior adverse reactions to Chemotherapy, the treating doctor should have known that the patient had developed a potentially fatal hypersensitivity to the drug and thus should have discontinued the Chemotherapy.

Construction Accident – Worker Killed by Boulder – $2 Million Recovered

48-year-old construction worker fell 35 feet into an excavation pit at a construction site and was then crushed by a boulder, leading to his immediate death. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Firefighter Killed in Floor Collapse – $2 Million

Recovered For the family of a New York City Fire Department Lieutenant, who was killed when the floor collapsed as he was investigating the progress of a fire in a vacant dwelling.

Unsafe Premises – Defective Stairway – $2 Million Recovered

48-year-old building porter fell down stairs due to defective handrail resulting in permanently disabling back, neck and shoulder injuries, with multiple surgeries.

Municipal Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian – $2 Million Verdict

Before reduction for comparative fault of our client, who was crossing the Cross-Bronx Expressway at night when he was struck by a New York City Department of Parks vehicle. He suffered permanent brain damage and had no recall of the incident. The jury found that the accident was caused, in part, by the negligence of the driver of the City vehicle even though our client was crossing a major highway in the dark.

Police Cars Collide at Intersection – $2 Million Verdict

In favor of our client, a police officer, who was injured in an intersection collision between two police cars that were each responding to emergency calls. Our client sustained a fractured jaw requiring open reduction and internal fixation and a fracture of the cervical spine.

Brain Injury at Birth – $1.9 Million Recovered

Brain damage suffered by a newborn baby because the hospital doctors who delivered him did not perform an emergency cesarean section despite warning signs.

Failure to Diagnose DVT – $1.9 Million Recovered

A 44-year-old, married and father of four, died after his primary care physician failed to work up the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis after he suffered an ankle injury resulting in the development of a pulmonary embolism causing his death.

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer – $1.9 Million Recovered

42-year old patient succumbed to breast cancer after her primary care doctor and radiologist failed to detect early presenting signs of the disease.

Failure to Diagnose Colon Cancer – $1.9 Million Recovered

Death of a 41-year-old married mother of two, resulting from a one-year delay in diagnosing colorectal cancer.

Surgical Error – $1.9 Million Recovered

Death of a 37-year-old married father of three after spinal surgery resulting from the hospital staff’s failure to diagnose the signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

Failure to Diagnose Brain Cancer – $1.9 Million Recovered

36-year-old wife and mother of two died as a result of the failure to timely diagnose and then treat her brain tumor.

Construction Accident – Hole in Platform – $1.8 Million Recovered

41-year-old carpenter fell through hole in platform he was standing on during building renovation resulting disabling neck, back, shoulder and hip injuries, requiring multiple surgical procedures.

Maritime Accident – $1.8 Million Recovered

For our client, a woman who was rendered a paraplegic after falling from the upper deck to the lower deck of a cabin cruiser. We successfully argued that the hatch, like any opening in a well-traveled floor, should have a cover or guard around it if it is left open.

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer – $1.8 Million Recovered

Physician failed to properly investigate lump in a young, single woman in her twenties resulting in a delay in diagnosing her breast cancer which in turn led to her death.

Maritime Accident – $1.8 Million Recovered

For our client, a woman who was rendered a paraplegic after falling from the upper deck to the lower deck of a cabin cruiser. We successfully argued that the hatch, like any opening in a well-traveled floor, should have a cover or guard around it if it is left open.

Brain Injury at Birth – $1.7 Million Recovered

Newborn with permanent and devastating brain damage because his mom did not receive appropriate pre-natal care and he was not delivered timely via emergency cesarean section.

Failure to Diagnose Heart Disease – $1.7 Million Recovered

Death of a 42-year-old married father of one child due to his primary care physician’s failure to follow up on complaints of chest pain and signs of an impending heart attack.

Birth Related Injury – $1.7 Million Recovered

Death of a 25-year-old married woman during childbirth due to the physicians’ failure to perform a timely delivery via cesarean section.

Delay in Performing Surgery – $1.7 Million Recovered

Reached on the eve of trial for our client, a government-employed architect, and against the hospital where he was treated for injuries he suffered in a motor vehicle accident. We claimed that our client suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the delay in treatment.

Failure to Diagnose Colon Cancer – $1.7 Million Recovered

Physician treating a young single man in his twenties negligently failed to diagnose colon cancer resulting in his death.

Brain Injury at Birth – $1.7 Million Recovered

Physicians failed to perform an emergency cesarean section delivery of a baby girl, resulting in brain damage.

Surgical Error – $1.7 Million Recovered

56-year-old husband and father of three died after a benign polyp was removed from his colon because the hospital doctors failed to diagnose and treat his post-operative complications.

Unsafe Premises – Fire – $1.6 Million Recovered

31-year-old restaurant worker sustained 3rd degree burns to 50% of his body as a result of a building fire where there were no self-closing doors. He died 13 days after the incident.

Rock Slide – Fatal Auto Accident – $1.6 Million Recovered

Against the New York State Thruway Authority and in favor of our clients, a passenger and family of a driver of a car struck by a boulder during the course of a rock slide on the State Thruway. The driver was killed and the passenger sustained post-traumatic stress disorder. We discovered documents from 1957 which revealed that the State’s own engineer recommended, on the basis of a recent rockslide, that the face of the mountain bordering the Thruway be removed to avoid future rockslides. Ignoring it’s own engineers’ recommendation, the State instead merely “bolted and strapped” boulders in the area of the rock slide.

Pedestrian Struck by Bus – Orthopedic and Neurological Injuries – $1.6 Million Recovered

72-year-old male pedestrian in crosswalk was struck down by a NYCTA bus which failed to yield right of way, resulting in head injury with cognitive deficits, and injuries to his back, left shoulder and wrist requiring surgery.

Surgical Error – $1.5 Million Recovered

During an unnecessary procedure to remove pelvic adhesions, a doctor carelessly perforated a 31-year-old patient’s colon causing her to need a colostomy.

Pedestrian Struck by Automobile – Multiple Injuries – $1.5 Million Recovered

71-year-old part-time librarian was struck by a motor vehicle while in the cross-walk resulting in fractured left tibial plateau requiring surgery, and fractures to the ribs and skull with residual cognitive deficits.

Failure to Diagnose Pneumonia – $1.5 Million Recovered

A 53-year-old mother of four died when hospital doctors failed to diagnose her pneumonia and gave her the wrong medication.

Brain Injury at Birth – $1.5 Million Recovered

An obstetrician failed to properly treat a 29-year-old pregnant woman’s complaints of contractions and vaginal bleeding, resulting in the premature birth of her daughter and associated respiratory distress, lung deficiency, and developmental delays.

Construction Accident – Falling I-Beam – $1.5 Million Recovered

62-year-old construction worker suffered fractures of the skull and of four cervical vertebrae when an I-Beam fell on him during a building demolition.

Surgical Error – $1.5 Million Recovered

A 48-year-old married father of two died as a result of being prematurely extubated following surgery. In addition, the anesthesiologist was not equipped to re-intubate when the decedent suffered respiratory distress soon after the pre-mature removal of the ventilator.

Firefighter Fatally Misintubated – $1.5 Million Recovered

For our clients, the family of a New York City Fire Department Lieutenant, who died when he was misintubated by ambulance personnel after he collapsed at the scene of a fire.

Emergency Room Neglect – $1.5 Million Recovered

Failure to properly treat and administer emergency care resulted in death of 38-year-old mother of four.

Unsafe Premises – Lack of Security – $1.4 Million Recovered

16-year-old boy became a paraplegic when he was shot by an intruder who illegally entered a building lobby because the front door lock remained broken despite tenant complaints.

Motorcycle Struck by Ambulance – $1.3 Million Recovered

35-year old father and 10-year old son traveling on motorcycle were fatally struck by a private ambulance which ran red light on way to call. They both were survived by 32-year old wife and mother.

Surgical Error – $1.3 Million Recovered

A 27-year old man, single, who was born with his heart’s major vessels reversed suffered a respiratory and cardiac arrest during a routine cardiac catheterization due to the negligence of the attending physician who administered an excessive amount of anesthetic resulting in his death. He was survived by his parents.

Emergency Room Neglect – $1.2 Million Recovered

50-year-old motorcyclist survived collision with car, but died as a result of hospital emergency room neglect.

Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer – $1.2 Million Recovered

Physicians treating a 46-year-old mother of four (and long term smoker) negligently failed to diagnose her lung cancer resulting in her death.

Unsafe Product – Prescription Drug – $1.2 Million Recovered

66-year-old retired man died of kidney failure as a result of taking prescription drug that was later recalled. He was survived by his wife and three adult children.

Construction Accident – Unsecured Scaffold – $1.2 Million Recovered

58-year-old painter fell from an unsecured scaffold resulting in a traumatic brain injury, nasal fracture and neck and back injuries.

Firefighter Killed in Illegal Occupancy Fire – $1.1 Million Recovered

Reached during trial for our clients, the family of a New York City Fire Department Lieutenant, who became lost and disoriented in a smoke-filled 2nd-floor storage room causing him to fall out a vented large floor-to-ceiling window to his death. We offered proof that the landlord had illegally converted the room into a storage room, which did not have the legally required 2nd means of egress or proper fire stopping material.

Pedestrian Killed – $1 Million Recovered

Death of a 35-year-old married professional ballet dancer, who, while a pedestrian, was struck down by a motor vehicle.

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer – $1 Million Recovered

Physician caring for a 39-year-old mother of two children negligently dismissed her complaints of a lump in her breast, delaying a diagnosis of breast cancer resulting in her death.

Failure to Diagnose Pulmonary Embolism – $1 Million Recovered

49-year-old, married woman and mother of two, died as a result of the hospital’s failure to diagnose the signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism.

Surgical Error – $1 Million Recovered

A 53-year-old mother of three, caring for a son with multiple sclerosis died because of negligently performed gall bladder surgery.

Excessive Medication – $1 Million Recovered

Hospital’s excessive administration of anti-coagulation medications for atrial fibrillation resulted in a 57-year-old patient, married and a mother of four, suffering spontaneous internal bleeding which went undiagnosed and untreated causing her death.

Pedestrian Struck by Car – Brain Injury – $1 Million Recovered

60-year-old pedestrian struck by vehicle in intersection resulting in traumatic brain injury, fractured pelvis and fractures of the right tibia and fibula requiring surgery.

Pedestrian Killed in Crosswalk – $1 Million Recovered

61-year-old male pedestrian in a crosswalk struck down by driver blinded by sun, causing her to sustain a broken leg and to develop an infection while in the hospital which led to his death.

Construction Accident – Unguarded Balcony – $1 Million Recovered

35-year-laborer fell from an unguarded balcony to his death on a construction project leaving a wife and three children.

Firefighter – Fall on Debris – $1 Million Recovered

43-year-old firefighter, while responding to a fire at a construction site, fell on debris herniating 2 discs which required surgery to fuse the discs.

Inadequate Warnings on Toxic Finishers – $1 Million Recovered

Reached during trial for our client, a wood finisher, who, we contended, was caused to suffer permanent disabling damage to his central nervous system as a result of his use of certain spray and padding lacquers. According to our expert, the labels on these wood finishing products did not properly warn him of the health hazards associated with exposure nor properly advise him of the need for proper ventilation and masks.

Inadequate Warnings on Toxic Finishers – $1 Million Recovered

Reached during trial for our client, a wood finisher, who, we contended, was caused to suffer permanent disabling damage to his central nervous system as a result of his use of certain spray and padding lacquers. According to our expert, the labels on these wood finishing products did not properly warn him of the health hazards associated with exposure nor properly advise him of the need for proper ventilation and masks.

Happyland Social Club Fire – Multi-Million Dollar Settlement

For our clients, the families of several patrons of a social club who were killed in a fire that was intentionally started. The action was against, among others, the owners of the building, for various fire code violations which we claimed contributed to the spread of the fire and the inability of the victims to escape from the raging fire. We were also appointed to the plaintiffs’ committee, which acted as counsel for all of the plaintiffs, including the family members of 87 patrons who died in the fire.

American Airlines Flight 587 Crash

We represented the families of several victims of the October 2001 airplane crash of an American Airlines plane that had just taken off from JFK International Airport en route to the Dominican Republic.

Car Driver’s Seat Design – Confidential Settlement

Reached shortly before trial against the automobile manufacturer and offending driver, and for our client, a driver who suffered paralyzing neck injuries when his stopped car was rear-ended by another. The claim was that, due to its defective design, the driver’s seat-back collapsed rearward in this low-speed impact causing our client’s neck to hyperextend and for his head to strike the rear seat seat-back thereby causing his injuries.

Seat-Belt Design – Ejection

Our client’s wife was killed when she was ejected from the motor vehicle she was operating went off the road and subsequently crashed. We claimed that she was wearing her seatbelt but because the belt was attached to the door, and not the door frame, when the door opened it extended the belt so that she was, in effect, no longer restrained by it. We argued that to have the belt attached to the door was a defective design because of the risk of ejection even when belted once the door opened.

Father’s Day Fire – Confidential Settlement

We successfully represented the widows of firefighters killed and several firefighters who were seriously injured in the Father’s Day Fire.

 

*These results do not guarantee a similar outcome.