CSK Partners Scott Shelton and Mike Merrill of the Firm’s Orlando office obtained a complete defense verdict in a trip and fall case this week in Orlando, Florida. Plaintiff was a likeable, middle-age female resident of a HOA who was out walking with her husband when she tripped and fell over an uneven sidewalk on our property. It was determined that the defendant had notice of the condition. Plaintiff fractured her arm and, due to complications, had 3 surgeries and over $120,000 in past medicals. At trial, she alleged CRPS as well as additional nerve damage. The primary defense was the that condition was not dangerous and could have been avoided. Plaintiff asked the jury for $1.1M, and the jury returned a complete defense verdict, awarding $0.00. A very special thanks to CSK Associate Chente Nielschulz for working this case up and getting it ready to be tried as well.
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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.