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Obstetrician found liable for child’s palsy, must pay $52M
A jury assessed damages exceeding $52 million against an obstetrician it deemed liable for a girl’s cerebral palsy. The matter dates to March 29, 2008, when Stephanie Barnett gave birth to a daughter, Jizelle Correa. Barnett claimed that the delivering obstetrician, Dr. Geddis Abel-Bey, erred by administering a labor-accelerating drug, Pitocin, and erred again by failing to promptly halt the medication when the fetus’s heart slowed. Barnett claimed that Jizelle suffered brain-damaging hypoxia. Jizelle, now 8, is legally blind, cannot walk and must be fed via a tube. Abel-Bey claimed that Jizelle’s injury did not occur during the birth process, but the jury disagreed. Its award of $52,606,017.20 projects to a future value of $135,169,389.90.
Correa v. Jarrahy
Hospital’s visitor, hurt in vestibule, recovers $1 million
A jury decided that a New York hospital must pay slightly more than $1 million to a woman who fractured a shoulder in the hospital’s vestibule. The suit’s plaintiff, Dorothy Jones, 84 at the time of the February 2011 incident, claimed that she fell after stepping on a discarded surgical mask and a depression caused by a missing tile. She broke her dominant arm’s shoulder and claimed that she suffers residual disabilities that prevent performance of most of her everyday tasks. The defense contended that the hospital had not been aware of the discarded mask and that the depression could not have tripped Jones. The jury found otherwise. It awarded $1 million for Jones’ suffering, and Jones will also recover about $8,000 in medical expenses.
Jones v. NY Presbyterian Hospital
Wal-Mart, injured customer agree to settle lawsuit
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed to pay $190,000 to a woman who fell in one of the superstore’s upstate locations. The payment settled a lawsuit filed by Cynthia Macey, who broke an elbow when she slipped on rock salt in the Warsaw Wal-Mart store. Macey’s attorney produced a surveillance videotape that showed Wal-Mart employees spilling the salt 12 minutes prior to the accident and other employees passing the area without addressing the spill. Wal-Mart contended that Macey’s injury has resolved with minimal residual effects, but it ultimately agreed to a settlement to avoid a trial.
Macey v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
|1.||The Law Offices of Eric H. Green & Associates||12||$4,455,000|
|2.||Burns & Harris||8||$15,177,520|
|3.||Mallilo & Grossman||5||$700,000|
|4.||Law Offices of James J. McCrorie, P.C||4||$40,977,697|
|5.||Godosky & Gentile, P.C.||4||$26,775,000|
|6.||Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C.||4||$4,095,000|
|7.||Morici & Morici LLP||4||$2,527,500|
|9.||Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP||4||$861,210|
|10.||Sacks and Sacks L.L.P.||3||$35,837,524|