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CSK OBTAINS COMPLETE DEFENSE VERDICT IN WRONGFUL DEATH MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE SEEKING $4.6 MILLION

CSK Partners Dan Shapiro and Matt Mudano in Tampa obtained a complete defense verdict in a 7-day medical malpractice trial.  CSK represented an orthopedic surgeon who was accused of failing to diagnose an open/compound fracture that was argued to have led to the development of infections and sepsis, and ultimately, the patient’s death untimely death 4 weeks after his visit to our client.  CSK successfully argued that the fracture was closed on presentation and subsequently opened two days after the visit to our doctor through unrelated events.  CSK also argued that any subsequent infections were timely diagnosed and treated, and that the Plaintiff’s death was due to an unrelated aspiration/pneumonia type infection resulting in sepsis. During closing, Plaintiff asked the jury to award $4.6 million in damages to the Estate and his surviving spouse of 55 years. Plaintiff was approximately 75 years old at the time of his death. The jury returned a complete defense verdict.  Mr. Shapiro and Mr. Mudano were assisted by Shania Drucker and Holly Shaneyfelt for trial support, a team effort.

CSK SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED ADMITTED LIABILITY CASE SEEKING MILLIONS, AWARDED $30,000

CSK Partners Michael Brand and David Herrero of the Firm’s Miami Office successfully defended at trial in Miami-Dade County an admitted liability case, resulting in an award less than the defendant’s suggested verdict.  The defense admitted liability after a rear-end accident which totaled plaintiff’s car.  To date, plaintiff has had one knee surgery with a recommendation for future surgery on both his shoulder and other knee.  Plaintiff requested $4-6 million dollars from the jury.  Mr. Herrero gave closing argument.  The jury deliberated and awarded plaintiff $30,000 – far less than the defendant’s suggested verdict.  Defendant’s filed a proposal for settlement, which may result in CSK’s client paying zero.  A great win all around!

CSK OBTAINS COMPLETE DEFENSE VERDICT IN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CASE

CSK Partner Bob Swift and Associate Attorney Monica Walker obtained a complete defense verdict in Orlando, Florida this week.  Plaintiff was working at our client’s junk yard when he was struck in the head by a car part that resulted in him sustaining an uncontested traumatic brain injury and other orthopedic injuries.  Plaintiff had approximately $200,000 in past medical expenses and asked the jury for over $1.3 million during closing argument.  The jury returned a complete defense verdict.  Ms. Walker is in her fifth year practicing law and this was her first jury trial for the firm.

CSK SUCCESSFULLY LITIGATES COMPLEX COMMERCIAL DISPUTE, OBTAINING $3.5M VERDICT FOR CLIENT

CSK Attorneys Barry Postman (Managing Partner of our West Palm Beach office) and Ilana Moskowitz prevailed in a multi-million dollar three week federal court jury trial.  In this case, CSK represented the plaintiff in a commercial litigation matter against his former business partners in the purchase of a hotel property in South Florida.  The lawsuit claimed fraud and conversion and sought both compensatory and punitive damages.  The defendants were represented by a well-known and respected national law firm.  After three days of deliberations, the jury came back with a verdict in favor of the CSK client finding both compensatory damages (in the net amount of 1 million dollars) and punitive damages (in the amount of 2.5 million dollars) for a total recovery for the CSK client of 3.5 million dollars.  Special thanks to Nicole Wall and others who assisted in this complex commercial case.

CSK OBTAINS COMPLETE DEFENSE VERDICT IN CONTENTIOUS PERSONAL INJURY ACTION SEEKING $10M PRIOR TO TRIAL

CSK Partners Michelle Bartels and Dan Shapiro in the Tampa office obtained a complete defense verdict in a liability only, truck versus bicycle accident. CSK’s client driver allegedly failed to pay attention to Plaintiff biker as he crossed the crosswalk. Plaintiff’s expert claimed that our driver had 5-6 seconds to observe Plaintiff on his bicycle and stop, but that he failed to do so due to not paying attention. The Plaintiff had no recollection of the subject accident. The Judge granted a directed verdict and instructed the jury that Plaintiff entered the crosswalk on a “do not walk” signal. Plaintiff sustained significant injuries as a result of the accident and demanded $10M prior to trial. The jury was out for less than 30 minutes before returning a complete defense verdict. Ms. Bartels and Mr. Shapiro were assisted by CSK Partner Carlos Morales pre-trial and in obtaining an order granting bifurcation of liability and damages at trial.

DBR: CSK Leads for the Second Year in Attorney Growth

Review 100:  Litigation Leads Growth in Attorney Counts at Florida Firms

 

Cole, Scott & Kissane Managing Partner Richard Cole, whose firm leads the survey for a second years, found it “very satisfying” that growth at his firm came across the state.

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