$10.8 Million Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury
Our client, a 26 year-old college physics student, who also worked as an actress, a model, and as an executive assistant, was hit by another car while in a NYC taxi. Our client’s head struck the plexiglass divider behind the driver’s seat. She was treated and released from the hospital, but continued to have headaches and cognitive difficulties. She returned to the hospital and was found to have slight bleeding of the brain and was admitted for four days for observation.
She returned to school and completed three more semesters, but continued to have problems in school understanding the professors. Her memory was diminished and she was unable to comprehend what she had read. She eventually was unable to complete her classes and lacks three courses to complete her degree. She has suffered with cognitive deficits, headaches, anxiety, depression, memory problems and confusion. She was accepted into the New York State Brain Injury Waiver program, so she has assistants come to her apartment three days per week to help her with shopping, cooking, cleaning, paying bills and laundry.
Plaintiff’s doctors said she developed a traumatic brain injury (TBI) known as the “silent epidemic” because its effects are not immediately obvious to a stranger. She returned to college but was unable to graduate due to inability to read or remember. She has tried to work several jobs, but has been unable to hold a job. Her doctors said she is permanently disabled and can’t work.
The jury awarded a total of $10.8 million dollars. This included $1.2 million in lost earnings, $6 million in future medical costs, $3.6 million in pain and suffering.
$7.4 Million Verdict for Brain Injury
Our client, a 28-year-old female accountant, sustained a brain injury when she was struck while crossing in a crosswalk. The driver claimed that she ran out between parked cars. Our client did not recall the accident, but remembered standing on the corner waiting for the walk light. She struck her head on the ground and was later diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). She had recently been hired to work at a large accounting firm, and tried for two years to work, but was unable to do so due to concentration and memory problems. She was later diagnosed with traumatically induced epilepsy and is on social security disability. The jury found the van driver and his employer responsible and awarded a total of $7.4 million for past and future pain and suffering and economic losses.
$6 Million Verdict for Brain Injury
Our client, a 38 year-old high school guidance counselor, sustained brain injury (TBI) after being struck in the head by a door. The client walked through the left door of a pair of swinging doors while walking downstairs during a fire alarm. To get downstairs, he was required to walk in front of the right door, which was pushed by a student and struck our client in the head. Over several months, he lost his balance, developed the inability to speak properly, and became hypersensitive to noises. He has been disabled since the accident and now receives social security disability. The jury found that the Board of Education was responsible for maintaining a dangerous and defective door and awarded a total of $6 million in compensation.
$5 Million Verdict for Medical Malpractice
Our client suffered a stroke and was left unattended for six hours in a hospital emergency room hallway. The ER doctor ordered a CAT scan, but hospital employees said that the CAT scanner was not operating properly. The patient was finally transferred to another hospital, where the stroke was diagnosed and an operation was performed to attempt to remove a blood clot from his brain. However, due to the delay in treatment, our client’s condition deteriorated and he died after living six months in a nursing home. Our client had worked as a dental technician and earned approximately $25,000 annually. He had lived with and helped to support his 80 year-old father.
$4.75 Million Settlement for Lead Poisoning
An infant and her family moved into an apartment where paint chips started to fall off the walls. The infant plaintiff ingested the paint chips causing the lead to go to the child’s brain. The child is in special education with reading and math difficulties.
$4.75 Million Settlement for Cerebral Palsy
Our client, a six year-old girl, sustained brain damage at birth due to medical malpractice. The child’s mother had gone to the hospital on May 15, 2001. She was admitted and placed on a fetal monitor. Over the course of three days, the monitor showed signs of fetal distress and abrupted placenta. Doctors initially scheduled the patient for a Cesarean section, but for reasons no one could explain, cancelled it. On the third day at the hospital, a Cesarean section was finally performed. The infant was born with poor response and breathing and spent three weeks in the ICU. The child was eventually diagnosed with neurological damage. The child is now six years old, walks with braces, cannot hear without using a hearing aide and has a very limited vocabulary. The settlement money will pay $37 million over the course of the child’s life.
$4.48 Million Settlement for Medical Malpractice
Our client was admitted into the hospital six days earlier than her due date diagnosed as suffering from preeclampsia. Labor was induced and despite the fact that the fetal monitor showed increasing signs of fetal distress a cesarean section was ordered and then cancelled. When the cesarean section was again ordered it was not until 9 hours later that it was performed. Our client’s daugnter was born with no respiration and a very low heart rate. As she developed it became apparent that the baby suffered from cognitive defects as well as severe hearing impairment and could only walk with braces. The parties settled before jury selection and agreed to pay $4,475,000 with an eventual payment to our client of over $37 million.
$3.65 Million Verdict for Brain Injury
Our client suffered fractured facial bones and traumatic brain injury when he fell from scaffolding on a movie set. Our client was unable to return to work as an artist in charge of major movie sets. The insurance company offered $300,000 to settle the case as the jury was deliberating, which we declined. The jury awarded $3.65 million.
$3.5 Million Verdict for Erb’s Palsy Medical Malpractice
Our client, now a five year-old girl from Brooklyn, NY, suffered damage to the nerves which come out of the spinal cord during delivery. This web of nerves is known as the brachial plexus. The damage to her brachial plexus was the result of excessive force applied by the doctor to the baby’s head during delivery. This resulted in restricted motion to her left arm. The doctor encountered shoulder dystocia, which is an emergency which occurs when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone during delivery. The doctor improperly applied force to the baby’s head in order to deliver the baby. Ronemus & Vilensky sued the negligent doctor and the hospital for the baby’s permanent injuries. The jury rendered a verdict in favor of our client and awarded the child $3.5 million.
$3 Million Settlement for Cerebral Palsy
Our client, a newborn, was born neurologically damaged at birth. The child’s mother came to the hospital complaining of not feeling the baby and bleeding. Doctors at the hospital placed her on a monitor but failed to detect any abnormalities with the infant. The child was born twelve days later and at birth could not breathe. Tests were performed which revealed that the child had suffered a brain bleed while in utero. The child was transferred to New York Hospital for further treatment. Our client, now seven years old, cannot walk or talk and has to be fed through a tube. The child will receive $29 million from the settlement over the course of her life.
$2.5 Million Settlement for Erb’s Palsy
The physician who delivered the baby failed to take precautions to protect the nerves leading to the baby’s arm. The attending physician should have recognized that the baby was too large to be delivered vaginally. Due to the size of the baby, the baby’s shoulder lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone during delivery. The mother claimed that the doctor applied excessive traction to the baby’s head, which damaged the nerves leading to her baby’s arm. After birth, the mother located a physician who performed surgery to attempt to repair the damaged nerves. This operation resulted in partial improvement of function, but the child will suffer permanent, limited function of her arm. The settlement is expected to pay the child millions over the course of her life.
$1.5 Million Settlement for Medical Malpractice
Our client, a 42-year-old FedEx driver with a history of hypertension and asthma, underwent successful surgery on both knees. He was admitted into the emergency room a short time later complaining of shortness of breath. The treating physician instructed the staff to administer Heparin and ordered a CT scan. The CT scan was not performed and the patient’s first dose of Heparin was administered 6 hours later. Ten minutes after he was given the Heparin, our client went into cardiac arrest and died shortly after. Survived by his wife and teenage daughter, our client’s estate was awarded $1.5 million for wrongful death damages, lost wages, funeral expenses, and loss of parental guidance.
$1.35 Million Settlement for Erb’s Palsy
We brought suit for our client against the hospital that delivered her adopted daughter. The delivering doctor used excessive force during the infant’s delivery. This negligence caused an injury to the baby’s nerves emanating from her cervical spinal cord resulting in Erb’s palsy. Now 13 years old, the child suffers from significant limitation of movement of her left arm, hand and wrist. The parties agreed to settle for a total of $1.35 million as compensation for past and future pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of future earning capacity.
$1.25 Million Settlement for Erb’s Palsy
In this case, the injured baby’s mother claimed that the delivering physician failed to take measures to prevent severe injury. Instead, when the baby wouldn’t arrive, the doctor applied excessive traction and twisted the baby’s head, which damaged the nerves leading from the spinal cord to the baby’s arm. Nerve graft surgery, using a nerve from the baby’s leg to repair the damaged nerves, resulted in partial, although limited, recovery of function. The settlement is expected to pay the child millions over the course of his life.
$1.1 Million Verdict for Motor Vehicle Accident
Our client was visiting New York from California when her cab was involved in a minor accident with a second cab. After her cab had been stopped in the street, a bus then struck her vehicle from the rear. Our client was treated in the emergency room and then released. She returned to California, where she continued to undergo treatment and eventually was diagnosed with spinal injury, which was impinging on her spinal cord. Insurance companies offered a total of $35,000 during trial. The jury verdict was sustained on appeal, and the $35,000 was paid, with interest, to the client.
$1 Million Settlement For False Arrest Case
Our client was arrested in September 2003 on charges of alleged rape. The purported victim in this false arrest incident, a 13-year-old girl, claimed she was raped by three men at an apartment after being blindfolded and transported there by her cousin. When shown photos of potential suspects, the girl selected our client and two other co-defendants as the three men who raped her. Over the course of two years, our client maintained his innocence, turned down several pleas, and participated in DNA testing that ultimately did not indicate any evidence of rape. In May 2005, our client was let out of jail, and in October 2005 all charges were dropped.
Before our client was arrested, the chief detective working on the case picked up the girl’s cousin. This is the one that the supposed victim said had taken her to the apartment where the rape occurred. She told the detective that she was admitted to a local hospital at the time the rape allegedly occurred, and that her cousin’s rape story was “nonsense.” The detective responded by telling the cousin that she would arrest her unless she admitted to taking the girl to the apartment. Fearing for her own safety, the cousin then went along with what the detective told her to say. All charges were eventually dropped in 2005 when our client stood steadfast. He hired us and we obtained the evidence proving that the girl’s cousin was indeed an inpatient at a local hospital during the week of the purported rape incident. This proved, as the cousin stated, that the detective forced her to lie about the events.
As a result, Ronemus & Vilensky sued the detective & police officers involved–as well as the City of New York assistant district attorneys who handled the case–for false arrest, malicious prosecution and civil rights claims. All of the assistant district attorneys admitted that they would not have prosecuted the case had they known about the detective’s actions, and in the end our New York City false arrest attorneys and secured a $1 million settlement for our client.
$975,000 Settlement for Erbs Palsy
Our client, a baby, sustained a damaged nerve due to medical malpractice during delivery. Doctors at the hospital did not realize that the baby would be large and when the baby was being delivered the doctors could not get the baby out without pulling on its arm and shoulder. The child has very limited use of her arm.
$890,000 Settlement for Medical Malpractice
Our client, a 42-year-old taxi driver making $17,000.00 per year, died during a procedure in the hospital. Our client went into the hospital complaining of chest pains. A cardiac catheterization procedure was performed. During the procedure doctors mistakenly ruptured his aorta, causing him to bleed to death. Our client is survived by a wife and daughter.
$775k Settlement for Construction Accident
Our client, a 35 year-old construction worker tripped on wet cement and fell 25 feet while working on the second floor of an open structure. He broke all the bones in his arm on his right side and his ulna on his left side. Our client went through open reduction internal fixation of both of his arms. We claimed he has a partial loss of use of his arm. We sued the owner of the building under what is called The Labor Law and settled the case for $775k.
$600,000 Verdict for Car Accident
The operator of the other vehicle claimed he had right of way and that the deceased failed to stop at a stop sign. However, an independent witness testified that:
1) She was behind the deceased’s vehicle
2) She witnessed the deceased stop at the stop sign for several seconds
3) The other vehicle was being operated at an excessive rate of speed
The insurance company offered $300,000 to settle the case during trial, but the offer was declined. The jury then awarded our client $600,000. Note: New York wrongful death laws do not permit the family members to be compensated for emotional damages and limit damages in death cases to the economic loss suffered by the estate of the deceased.