The Appellate Division, Second Department, affirmed the decision of Supreme Court Justice Karen V. Murphy, dismissing all claims against the defendant, as well as other defendants in the case. The doctor became the attending physician for the decedent when she was brought to the hospital after an apparent drug overdose. Over the course of an admission of several days, the doctor cleared her for medical discharge, and secured a psychiatric consult. The psychiatrist advised that the decedent was ready to be discharged from a psychiatric standpoint.
Two days after discharge, the decedent was found dead in her bathtub. The cause of death was not determined by the Medical Examiner. Plaintiff claimed that she committed suicide, and that the suicide would not have occurred if she had not been discharged prematurely. (more…)Read More
The plaintiff gave birth to a nine pound baby after a lengthy second stage of labor. When the effects of epidural wore off, she had difficulty moving her legs. She was diagnosed with femoral neuropathy and a separated pubic symphysis. She claimed that the defendant excessively hyperflexed, hyperabducted and externally rotated her legs during delivery. The defendant denied using excessive force, and testified that the injury was a known complication from delivery of a large baby with a long second stage of labor. The jury returned a verdict for the defendant. The case was tried by James M. Furey, Jr.Read More
James M. Furey, Jr. recently obtained a defense verdict in Supreme Court, Suffolk County, in the matter of McLaughlin v. Royek. The defendant, a perinatologist at SUNY Stonybrook, took over care of the plaintiff’s mother’s pregnancy at twenty four and one half weeks, and delivered the infant plaintiff after about twelve hours. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant should have delivered the infant sooner, and that the infant was brain damaged as a result. The jury agreed that the defendant adhered to accepted medical practice, in delaying the delivery in an effort to promote fetal lung maturity before birth.Read More
Mr. Leverage successfully obtained a defense verdict in Antaki v. Lerman, et al. Plaintiff alleged that defendants failed to diagnose C. Difficile colitis. The matter was tried before Judge F. Dana Winslow in Nassau Supreme Court.
During trial an interesting point of law was raised. Plaintiff, an adult male, resided with his parents, the father was a doctor. During the alleged period of malpractice, the father was caring for his son and listened to his son’s stomach with a stethoscope. (more…)Read More
One of our partners, Tom Leverage, was successful in obtaining a defense verdict recently in a medical malpractice case venued in New York Supreme Court. The case was tried before Justice Alice Schlesinger.
The case involved claims against a psychiatrist alleging an inappropriate dosing of Wellbutrin in 1997 to treat a 6 ½ year girl who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. After several unsuccessful attempts to control her behavior at lower dosages, the psychiatrist increased the dose to 300 mg per day (150 mg. twice a day). This dose level apparently resulted in improvements. Unfortunately, after 5 ½ weeks at that dose, the girl suffered a seizure, a known adverse reaction. (more…)Read More