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Medical Malpractice

 

$3.6 Million Dollar Verdict Report

Founding partner, Richard A. Gurfein, tried a medical malpractice case to verdict in Nassau County, NY. The jury awarded the family of a 60 year old auto mechanic $3.6 million dollars for his wrongful death. 

On July 23, 2010, Nelson Zuluaga drove himself to Winthrop Hospital because he was having chest pain, shortness of breath and palpitations.  These were the same symptoms he had 4 months earlier, in March, that also brought him to Winthrop’s emergency room.  At that time a cardiologist assigned to him diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation and performed a cardioversion (synchronized shock to the heart) and restored his normal heartbeat.

Mr. Zuluaga was admitted to the Winthrop Hospital from the emergency room and placed on a telemetry floor until Monday when the cardiologist planned to do another cardioversion.  However, around Midnight the first night he had an episode of 5 beats of ventricular tachycardia, renewed chest pain at a lower heart rate and a prolonged QT interval on his EKG.

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Wrong Site Surgery

$450,000 settlement after trial and a finding of punitive damages for a 40 year old professional dancer and choreographer when the orthopedist operated on the wrong knee.

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Negligence

$2,750,000 settlement for a 15 year old girl diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease who lost her ovaries as a result of the negligence of the team administering radiation therapy.

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Failure to Treat

$5,750,000 verdict on behalf of a 20 year old woman who was discharged from the hospital after giving birth to her second son, even though she had a very aggressive infection in her uterus and abdomen.

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Failure to Diagnose

$7,400,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 60 year old woman who became paralyzed in
both legs and one arm after her doctors failed to diagnose an infection in her spine.

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Birth Injury

$3,990,000 settlement for a 3 year boy because the doctors and nurses gave too much IV fluid and caused the child to have seizures and hemorrhages in the brain.

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