In this tragic case, a 40 year old father of 4 kids had a severe allergic reaction at home that prompted a call to '911'.  Upon arrival, the Municipal paramedics failed to give him Epinephrine - the  1st medication called for in the prehospital protocols - and delayed getting him to the hospital while they tried giving him nebulized albuterol instead.  He passed out and went into cardiac arrest, and instead of immediately intubating and defibrillating him with the equipment on hand, they elected to simply "bus" him to the hospital while he was in respiratory arrest, and after a 5 minute journey, he was brought into the ER with severe brain damage, caused by oxygen deprivation.  This gentleman lost his best chance at surviving a common allergic reaction, because of  negligent paramedic treatment.

Outcome: Significant seven-figure settlement for the benefit of his next-of-kin.

Medical Malpractice

40 yr old woman presented to her Primary Care Physician repeatedly with complaint of a lump; no referral to a specialist, no follow-up examinations.  She was told it was nothing to worry about.  Expert review determined the resulting delay caused progression from stage 2 to stage 3C.   

Outcome: Seven-figure settlement

Medical Malpractice

Classic colorectal signs and symptoms were missed until it was too late, and the patient was ultimately diagnosed with stage IV Colon cancer that killed her.  According to my expert oncologist, it should have been caught much, much earlier, when she could have been successfully treated, if the hospital were she was treating had not been negligent.

Outcome: Substantial pre-trial settlement

Medical Malpractice

The patient suffered a "failed graft" following triple by-pass surgery, and died during a second surgery to repair the graft.  This should not have happened  - if the sutures attaching the graft had been properly done the first time - and this patient was not strong enough to withstand the second surgery.  Unfortunately, he died during the second surgery.

Outcome: Substantial pre-trial settlement

Medical Malpractice

A Court of Claims case against a New York state facility for developmentally disabled adults. While staff were supposed to be monitoring her, but were not, the deceased choked on a breakfast item, asphyxiated, and died.

Whereas the attorneys for the State maintained it was the family's responsibility to inform the facility of the deceased's particular risk of choking, staff at the facility failed to follow the patient's dietary plan, as ordered by the facility's own physician, who also failed to do a simple 'swallow test' on the patient when she joined the facility.  The facility's own in-house physician admitted this at his deposition.

Outcome: Substantial pre-trial settlement

Wrongful Death

Severe drop in blood pressure immediately following Gallbladder removal surgery went unmonitored in the hospital, and was not noticed by staff until the patient was in hypovolemic shock.  There was no medical intervention to treat this critical development for seven (7) hours after the surgery - but by then the patient had suffered a cardiac arrest and could not be saved. 

Outcome: High six-figure settlement pre-trial

Medical Malpractice

This medical malpractice case involved a 67 year old bed-ridden patient who was neglected by staff in a rehab facility after he underwent hip-replacement surgery. Despite repeated, written skin integrity evaluations in his chart alerting staff to a developing ulcer on his right heel, it was neglected, permitted, and allowed to progress to a ‘deep tissue injury’ beyond stage III (thus classified as unstageable), with deep tunneling, tissue necrosis, and cellulitis.  Ultimately, he underwent several painful debridement procedures to treat this injury.

Outcome: Significant six-figure settlement after summary judgment

Nursing Home Neglect

A sub-contracted laborer working on a school roof-replacement project stepped onto a thin sheet of plywood that had been placed over a large gap in the roof, in an area being prepared for replacement, and fell straight through.  He suffered a non-displaced fractured vertebra in his lower back from the fall.  After litigating the case in Nassau county Supreme Court, and winning a motion for summary judgment,  the contractor's insurance company settled for a substantial sum.

Outcome: High six-figure settlement after summary judgment

Construction site accidents

Breast cancer survivor, post mastectomy & reconstruction, sitting in a parked car, was injured after a vehicle hit her car in the rear, causing a recent breast implant to shift from its position, requiring that she undergo a second 'implant exchange' surgery.

Outcome: Six-figure settlement in claim

Automobile Accidents

Fashion designer suffered a fractured calcaneus (heel bone) crossing the street in SoHo when a yellow cab hit her foot.  The policy limits with American Transit Insurance company were $100,000, and, after litigating the case in New York county and successfully making a motion for summary judgment on liability, the cab company settled.   

Outcome: Full insurance proceeds tendered

Automobile Accidents

65 year old English tourist, suffering from progressive aphasia, sustained a comminuted fracture of the left arm, with multiple ORIF surgeries, after she tripped over a broken sidewalk outside a Times Square pizza restaurant.  My investigation uncovered that the accident site had three prior complaints and an open violation for a ‘tripping hazard.’ 

Outcome: High six-figure settlement pre-trial

General Liability

Trip and fall due to a mis-leveled sidewalk flagstone outside a Manhattan residential building. The defect was known to the building management, but they did nothing to remedy it. Client sustained facial laceration, requiring stitches.

Outcome: Six-figure settlement in claim

General Liability

City case - trip and fall accident due to a broken curbstone in the Bronx. Client took a nasty fall, and ended up having arthroscopic surgery of her knee.

Outcome: Six-figure settlement in claim

General Liability

Also achieved substantial settlements in the following cases:

  • Young man died following Emergency Room failure to diagnose and timely treat him for a rare blood disorder;
  • Commuter injured and out of work after his foot fell between the platform and the train in a Manhattan subway station;
  • Yoga teacher who suffered a fractured wrist in a trip and fall accident;
  • Business manager who tripped over a sidewalk sign on his way to work and needed arthroscopic shoulder surgery;
  • Commuter who suffered a fractured wrist when subway doors closed on her arm;
  • Tenant who required surgery after she injured her shoulder opening a defective door in a Public Housing project;
  • Pedestrian who was hit by falling ice from an NYC high-rise building;
  • Driver who sustained a shoulder injury requiring surgery, from a hit in the rear motor vehicle accident;
  • Pedestrian injured by a hit-and-run driver while walking in the roadway during a snowstorm,
  • and many others....

* Client confidentiality is respected and settlements are often confidential.