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Jury Verdicts Sept 2013
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Jury Verdicts September 2013

Araszkiewicz v. Stetskiv

Case number:  2011-003325 NI

Judge Mark Switalski

 

Type of case:  Auto Negligence

Plaintiff attorney:  Daniel Beck

Defense attorney:  Amy Baranski

Description of the case:  Defendant truck driver struck plaintiff's vehicle. Injuries included a transverse sternum fracture, cervical and thoracic joint syndrome, a cervical herniated disc and chronic pain syndrome.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Martin Glowacki, pain management and Jonathan Copeland, family medicine

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Rejesh Iyer, pm & r

Case evaluation result:  $500,000

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Defense response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $750,000

Defense high settlement offer:  $125,000

Jury verdict:  $76,000.  $75,000 to plaintiff and $1,000 to her husband.  No future damages.  Plaintiff filed a motion for additur and/or new trial.

Date of verdict:  March 26, 2013
 

Benson v. Zakar

Case number:  2009-003888 NI

Judge John Foster

 

Type of case:  Auto Negligence

Plaintiff attorney:  Donald Cummings

Defense attorney:  Joel Ashton

Description of the case:  3rd party auto negligence case, admitted negligence.  Plaintiff claimed neck, back, knee and cognitive injuries.  The defense was proximate cause and serious impairment.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Chris McNeil, chiropractic; Dr. Martin Kornblum, orthopedic

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Neil Friedman, neurosurgeon; Dr. Justin Riutta, pm & r; and, Dr. Robin Hanks, neuropsychology

Case evaluation result:  $13,000

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Defense response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $50,000

Defense high settlement offer:  $25,000

Jury verdict:  No cause

Date of verdict:  November 14, 2011


Bonin v. Emerald Creek, et al

Case number:  2010-0084 NO

Judge John Foster

 

Type of case:  Premises Liability

Plaintiff attorney:  Daniel Beck

Defense attorney:  Paul Knight

Description of the case:  Plaintiff tenant fell down her apartment stairs and suffered a fractured foot.  She missed six weeks of work as a housekeeper.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Brian Loder, DPM, podiatry

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  None

Case evaluation result:  $125,000

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Defense response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $0.00

Defense high settlement offer:  $75,000

Jury verdict:  $89,874, plus interest

Date of verdict:  July 14, 2012


Brown v. Auto Owners Insurance Co.

Case number:  2010-003556 NI

Judge Peter Maceroni

 

Type of case:  Auto PIP

Plaintiff attorney:  Matthew Bates

Defense attorney:  Joe Mierzejewski

Description of the case:  Plaintiff was injured while a passenger.  Defendant paid benefits until an IME exam showed no continuing injuries.  Plaintiff claimed an additional $80,000 in medical and service claims.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Martin Kornblom, M.D., ortho surgeon; Mufarrel (sp?), D. chriopractic

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  K. Lockwood, D.C.; S. Argit, M.D., pm & r

Case evaluation result:  $80,000 

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Defense response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  Case evaluation

Defense high settlement offer:  Not provided

Jury verdict:  No cause for action.  Motion for case evaluation sanctions pending at time of submittal

Date of verdict:  February 8, 2013


Calvin v. Allure Medical Spa, et al

Case number:  2011 -001158 NH

Judge Matthew Switalski

Type of case:  Medical Malpractice

Plaintiff attorney:  Jay Ahmad

Defense attorney:  Jennifer Andreou and Paul Dwaihy

Description of the case:  Plaintiff alleged professional negligence with respect to breast augmentation surgery.  Plaintiff felt they were asymmetrical and did not like how they looked during sexual relations.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Michael Busuito, M.D., plastic surgeon

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  David Hendrick, M.D., cosmetic surgeon and Robert Jackson, M.D., general and cosmetic surgeon

Case evaluation result:  $50,000

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Accepted

Defense response to case evaluation:  Rejected 

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $50,000

Defense high settlement offer:  $0.00

Jury verdict:  No cause

Date of verdict:  December 17, 2012


Casaceli v. St. John North Shores Hospital

Case number:  2010-002976 NH

Judge Diane Druzinski

 

Type of case:  Medical Malpractice

Plaintiff attorney:  Chris Sciotti

Defense attorney:  Jane Garrett

Description of the case:  Plaintiff allegedly suffered injuries from a catheter balloon which would not deflate, requiring 8 hours of surgery and allegedly leaving plaintiff with permanent urinary complaints.  The defense claimed defendant followed customary correct techniqure, that Foley catheters suffer from non-deflation with some frequency (due to equipment failure, not negligence), that it was impossible to inject gel into the catheter due to design and that plaintiff did not show objective evidence of urinary tract injury, though it should have been detectable.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Ralph Duncan, urology; Eloise Gilland, RN, nursing

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Gary Faerber, urology; Valerie Gorham, RN, nursing

Case evaluation result:  $300,000

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Defense response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $150,000

Defense high settlement offer:  $0.00

Jury verdict:  No cause of action

Date of verdict:  April 4, 2012


Baisley v. Donlon

Case number:  2010-001085

Judge Richard Caretti

 

Type of case:  Dental Malpractice

Plaintiff attorney:  Justin Haas

Defense attorney:  Keith Felty

Description of the case:  Dentist broke off a drill bit in patient’s jaw while extracting a tooth, causing a permanent nerve injury.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Mark Ellis, general dentist; Dr. Robert Staley, oral surgeon; and, Dr. Frankowski, neurologist

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. David Borkas, general dentist

Case evaluation result:  $17,500

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Defense response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $175,000

Defense high settlement offer:  $25,000

Jury verdict:  $2.69 Million

Date of verdict:  March 2, 2012


Hannosh v. Varadi, et al

Case number:  2010-2736 NI

Judge Matthew Switalski

 

Type of case:  Third-Party Auto Negligence

Plaintiff attorney:  Kevin Seiferheld and Joshua Terebelo

Defense attorney:  Mark Harder

Description of the case:  Plaintiff was rear ended at a red light and suffered a lower back injury that required surgery.  He was unable to work as a restaurant manager since.  Defendant claimed the vehicle damage was not enough to cause injury and whatever damage existed could not have been caused by the collision.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Not provided

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  Not provided

Case evaluation result:  Not provided

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Defense response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $100,000

Defense high settlement offer:  Not provided

Jury verdict:  $875,000 in economic damages and $610,000 in non-economic damages.

Date of verdict:  November 20, 2012


Holbrook v. Laino

Case number:  2010-004048 NO

Judge John Foster

 

Type of case:  Dog Bite

Plaintiff attorney:  Drew Slager and Ellen Schreuder

Defense attorney:  Michael Sawicki and Theresa Ouellette

Description of the case:  Plainttiff came to work on a chimney at defendant's residence when he was bitten by a Rottweiler-Bullmastiff.  Defendant claimed he told plaintiff the dog was chained in the back yard and that plantiff stepped within the chain radius, provoking it.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Not provided

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  Not provided

Case evaluation result:  $20,000

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Defense response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $20,000

Defense high settlement offer:  $1,000

Jury verdict:  $20,000

Date of verdict:  May 13, 2012


Estate of Aaron Malone III v. Golden

Case number:  2011-001013

Judge Diane Druzinski

 

Type of case:  Medical Malpractice

Plaintiff attorney:  Steve McGraw and Dwayne Stresman

Defense attorney:  Brian McKeen and Derek Brackon

Description of the case:  Plaintiff alleged negligence in the prescription of pain relief and muscle relaxant medication which allegedly caused the death of Aaron Malone.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Neil Farber, internal medicine and Dr. L. Dragovic, pathology

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Randall Commissaris, toxicology; Dr. Gordon Moss, internal medicine; and, Dr. Bader Cassin, pathology

Case evaluation result:  $200,000

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Accepted

Defense response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $200,000

Defense high settlement offer:  $0.00

Jury verdict:  No cause of action

Date of verdict:  December 14, 2012


Quarles v. Kurapati

Case number:  2010-003845 NH

Judge David Viviano

 

Type of case:  Medical Malpractice

Plaintiff attorney:  Patrick Rooney

Defense attorney:  D. Jennifer Andreou and Stephen McGraw

Description of the case:  Plaintiff alleged failure to timely diagnose an impending stroke, resulting in plaintiff being left in a "locked-in" syndrome (only able to blink eyes) until his death 18 months later.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Foley, radiology and Dr. Margulies, neurology

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Daniel Pieper, neurosurgeon; Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi, neurology; Dr. William Leutcher, neurology; Dr. Hugh Kerr, radiology; and, Dr. Michael Potchen, radiology.

Case evaluation result:  $600,000

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Accepted

Defense response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $50,000

Defense high settlement offer:  $0.00

Jury verdict:  No cause

Date of verdict:  July 27, 2012


Schmittler v. Stevenson

Case number:  2010-001977 NI

Judge Diane Druzinski

 

Type of case:  Auto Negligence - PIP

Plaintiff attorney:  Bruce Pazner

Defense attorney:  Karen Magdich

Description of the case:  Plaintiff was involved in a minor vehicle accident, while having pre-existing back injuries.  Plaintiff alleged surgery was needed due to the accident.  Defendant alleged it was not reasonable or necessary and was not related to the accident.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Martin Kornblum, M.D., orthopedic surgeon

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  Dr. Philip Mayer, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and Dr. Mark Delano, M.D., neuroradiologist

Case evaluation result:  $117,500

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Unclear

Defense response to case evaluation:  Rejected

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $60,000

Defense high settlement offer:  $20,000

Jury verdict:  No cause of action

Date of verdict:  October 26, 2012


Estate of Shekoski v. Binding

Case number:  2010-001959

Judge James Biernat

 

Type of case:  Third Party Auto Negligence; Wrongful Death

Plaintiff attorney:  Steven Gursten and Thomas James

Defense attorney:  Witold Sztykiel

Description of the case:  Decedent was killed while crossing 22 Mile Rd on his bicycle by a truck driver making a right turn on a red light.  The defense denied fault, claiming decedent (83 years old) entered the crosswalk on a "Don't Walk" signal, the truck was there first and he rode his bicycle into it.  Defendant also claimed plaintiffs age and poor health called for a low verdict.

Plaintiff expert(s) and field(s):  None

Defense expert(s) and field(s):  None

Case evaluation result:  Not provided

Plaintiff response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Defense response to case evaluation:  Not provided

Plaintiff last settlement demand:  $1.5 Million

Defense high settlement offer:  $500,000

Jury verdict:  $2.55 Million, with 30% comparative negligence

Date of verdict:  November 15, 2012


 

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