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- PART-TIME, SEMI-RETIRED, PHYSICALLY DISABLED GYNECOLOGIST IGNORES OBVIOUS VULVA CANCER LESION
A part-time (working less than 20 hours per week), semi-retired (no longer performing obstetrics or deliveries of babies and no longer performing gyn surgeries), and physically disabled gynecologist with lower back problems (and underwent lower back surgery), failed to biopsy an obvious abnormal excoriated raised palpable lesion on a 51 year old women’s right vulva. As a result, the women’s vulva cancer diagnosis was delayed by 7 months and the delay permitted the cancer to grow larger and spread to her lymph nodes. The women needed to have a vulvectomy (the removal of her entire right vulva), underwent unnecessary radiation treatments to her genitalia, required extensive reconstructive surgery, and lost her best chances of survival. The physical loss was significant, but the emotional toll was overwhelming.
- NASSAU COUNTY JURY AWARDS WOMEN $1.3M AFTER INSURANCE COMPANY TELLS HER TO ACCEPT $5,000 FOR ALL HER CLAIMS
54 year old Deli manager was a front seat passenger, wearing her seat belt, in her husband’s car when it was rear ended by a van driven by a security guard for a major military contractor. After years of litigating the case, the insurance carrier for the defendant offered the women $5,000 at trial to settle her case. The jury heard the case over 12 days on all issues including responsibility, causation of her injuries, and her damages. The women suffered neck, lower back and knee injuries. The jury awarded the women $1,324,500.00. The verdict was reported to be one of the top 20 highest damage verdicts in Nassau County history involving a motor vehicle accident.
- POLICE BRUTALITY AND EXCESSIVE FORCE AGAINST 18 YEAR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN
An 18 year old African American Verizon sales representative was repeatedly struck, beaten and brutalized by the police in the face while lying faced down on his stomach and his arms were handcuffed behind his back. The incident was eye witnessed by the man’s ex-girlfriend and accidentally audio recorded on her cell phone and transmitted to his cell phone voice mail box where it was retrieved. The police claimed that they were responding to a domestic dispute, but they failed to file any of the required paperwork which they said was always required to be done whether or not there was a cooperating complainant. As a result, he suffered multiple broken bones to his nose and face which required surgery, and future plastic surgery to restore his deviated septum and physical appearance.
- BICYCLIST ALMOST RUN OVER BY TRANSIT BUS
A 29 year old bicyclist was riding his brand new mountain bike while wearing a helmet, down 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, right in front of the NYC Public Library. When a NYCTA bus came up directly behind the bicyclist, never sounded his horn or slowed down, and rode to within centimeters of the biker’s rear tire. In order to avoid being run over by the bus, the bicyclist pulled his bike up over the curb, and crashed landed with full force onto his right dominant arm. He suffered multiple broken and crushed bones in his right dominant arm, and underwent extensive orthopedic surgery at the Hospital.
- DOCTOR’S FALSE ASSURANCES RESULTS IN WOMEN GETTING PREGNANT WITH BREAST CANCER
A 32 year old newlywed women presented to her family doctor with a breast lump she could feel. The doctor confirmed the palpable breast lump and documented it in her notes. The family doctor never told the radiologists about the lump, and the radiologists performed the wrong tests for a women with a lump, and the radiologists never specifically examined the lump. The screening mammogram and sonogram reports indicated “benign findings” and “no evidence of cancer.” The family doctor violated the standard of care as she failed to perform a biopsy on the palpable breast lump or refer the patient to a breast specialist, failed to communicate her findings to the radiologists, and never followed up with the patient. As a result, the women became pregnant with her first child and the estrogen and progesterone hormones caused her tumor to grow, her cancer to spread to her lymph nodes, caused her to undergo a mastectomy while 7 months pregnant, and decreased her best chances of survival.
- SURGEON DEEP PLUNGES SURGICAL INSTRUMENT DURING LAPAROSCOPIC STERILIZATION PROCEDURE
34 year old healthy mother and wife sought to have her tubes tied laparoscopically by a surgeon who is assisted by a second year resident at the hospital. During the initial “blind entry procedure” the doctor deep plunges a surgical instrument into the patient’s abdomen lacerating 4 layers of the small bowel and striking an area in the lower abdomen called the cul de sac. The doctor claims that the injuries are an accepted risk of the procedure, and that she was not negligent. The doctor’s insurance carrier settled the matter at trial for an undisclosed sum.
- WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING CASES
Our clients were working in the World Trade Center Towers when several bombs exploded on February 26, 1993. They sustained permanent injuries as they were evacuating the premises. Even though the Port Authority denied liability for the incident, they eventually settled all of our client’s claims.
- NEW YORK CITY POLICE AND SHERIFF’S BRUTALITY CASE
We represented a man who was violently assaulted and beaten when he tried to retrieve his briefcase when his car was being towed for claimed unpaid parking tickets. The entire event was captured on videotape and shown to the jury. The case was settled by the City of New York during the second day of trial for a six figure sum.
- NEW YORK CITY TAXI CAB STRIKES BICYCLIST
Our client, a bicyclist, was struck by a NYC taxi cab driver as he was riding his bike along the right side of the street. In his rush to pick up a hailing passenger, the driver ran over the bicyclist. The carrier tendered their policy of insurance.
- AVON LADY’S DOG BITES CUSTOMER
Our client visited her Avon Lady at her home when she was violently attacked and bitten by her dog. Prior to this incident, the dog had bitten several other people and the local animal rescue association offered to put the dog down due to its repeated attacks. This matter was settled by the Avon Lady’s homeowner insurance policy.
- TENANT SLIPS AND FALLS ON WET STAIR CASE
Our client, a female tenant in an apartment building for over 17 years is walking down the stairs wearing sunglasses, high heels, and carrying a purse, slips and falls down the stairs when the superintendent wet the floors with soap and water with a mop just as tenants were heading out to work and school in the morning. The superintendent placed no barricades or warnings in the building, and wet the floors several times a week over a one year period. The tenant underwent open back surgery which required the insertion of a steel cage around the surgical site to provide additional structural support. This matter settled for a substantial six figure sum during mediation.
- NYC TRANSIT AUTHORITY FAILS TO REPAIR A KNOWN DEFECT
We represented a women, on her way to a Met game, who tripped and fell down a known defective flight of subway stairs at Shea Stadium subway station, and sustained a fracture to her ankle which required surgery. Even though the NYCTA knew about the defective condition, they never repaired it. This matter settled before jury selection.
- SURGEON’S FINGER FRACTURED DUE TO DEFECTIVE TRAFFIC LIGHT
Our client, a board certified surgeon, was driving his car from the hospital with a green light when he was violently struck by another vehicle when it drove into the intersection due to a defective traffic light. The middle finger on the surgeon’s dominant hand was crushed and required open reduction surgery with internal fixation. The jury found the City liable for their failure to repair the known defective traffic light and awarded the physician a six figure sum.
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