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Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowtiz, Donnelley, Fried & Forte
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Twiggs, Beskind, Strickland & Rabenau, P.A.
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Decof & Decof
     
Medical Malpractice & More


Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowtiz, Donnelley, Fried & Forte
Medical Malpractice Settlements

Brain damaged accountant receives $5 million settlement - Winter 2002

$500,000.00 settlement for Rectal Vaginal Fistula Injury following Surgery for Bartholin Duct Cyst - Winter 2002

$750,000.00 Recovery for Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer - Winter 2002

$585,000.00 Settlement for Facial Palsy - Fall 2002

$2.5 million settlement for medication error in child with urea cycle disorder - Fall 2002

$500,000.00 Settlement for Failure to Diagnose Kidney Disease - Spring 2002

$500,000 settlement for death of newborn - Spring 2002

$450,000 settlement in medical malpractice case. - Spring 2002

Received a $2 million settlement for failure to detect a tumor. - Spring 2002

Won a $1.5 million settlement in an undetected birth defect case. - Spring 2002

Obtained a $1.42 million settlement for a delayed Caesarean section, resulting in the baby's subsequent cerebral palsy - Spring 2002

Settled a case against a drug company for $5 million.- Spring 2002

Won a $3 million settlement for failure to provide adequate care to a premature baby. - Spring 2002

Won $3.4 million by settling three cases of failed prenatal diagnosis of birth defects. - Spring 2002

Settled a medical malpractice for $1 million for permanent disabilities suffered during birth. - Spring 2002

$550,000 settlement for shoulder injury during birth. - Spring 2002

Obtained a $1 million settlement for baby born in 1994. - Spring 2002

1.45 million dollar verdict against nurses for aspiration death - Winter 2001

$475,000.00 settlement for shortened toes - Winter 2001

$1 million dollar settlement for bilateral hip dysplasia - Fall 2001

4.625 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Settlement - Summer 2001

$1.2 Million Dollar Verdict for Unnecessary Thyroid Surgery - Summer 2001

$950,000.00 Settlement for Wrongful Birth Injury - Spring 2001

1.6 Million Dollar Settlement for Birth Injury. - Spring 2001

Erb's Palsy Settlements: $550,000.00 to $725,000.00 - Spring 2001

$425,000.00 Verdict for Delay in Death Notification - Spring 2001

$1.65M & $1M Settlement - The firm's newest associate recently tried two cases in court successfully - Winter 2001

$392,500 Settlement - A delay in the breast cancer diagnosis resulted in a worsening of her condition - Winter 2001

Throat Obstruction Case Yields $1.225M - Winter 2001

Carol Forte Settles Two Birth Injury Cases for $1.9M - Winter 2000

$217,000 awarded to estate of 80 year old woman who died from injuries incurred during ambulance ride - Winter 2001

Medical Malpractice Causes Cerebral Palsy, $1M Outcome - Winter 2001

Diagnostics & Surgical Delay Cause Mother's Death, Estate Receives $1.65M - Winter 2001

Patient Rendered a Quadriplegic Accepts $1.75 Million Settlement - Winter 2001

Old Birth Injury Case Can Still be Filed: $475,000 Settlement - Winter 2001

A patient was told he had lung cancer, but actually did not. Resulted in unnecessary surgery, decrease in pulmonary function, settlement of $450,000. - Fall 2000.

$4 million settlement was recently won for inadequate resuscitation at birth which resulted in a child's cerebral palsy. - Spring 2000

$1.5 million jury verdict was won against a gastroenterologist who performed a potentially dangerous procedure known as an ERCP without fully informing the patient of all of the risks of that procedure or alternatives to it. - Spring 2000.

$1.25 Million Settlement was obtained for a child's brachial Plexus injury, incurred at birth. - Spring 2000.

$1.9 million settlement was obtained against an obstetrician whose negligence led to the birth of a child with cerebral palsey. - Spring 2000.

$600,000 settlement from a pathologist who misdiagnosed ovarian tissues as non-cancerous when in fact the cancer cells were present, resulting in a delay in treatment that caused early death for the patient. - Spring 2000.

$600,000 settlement won in case in which negligent prenatal screening failed to disclose Sickle Cell Anemia in an unborn baby. - Spring 2000.

A $950,000 settlement to estate of middle-aged male emergency room patient with clear signs of pneumonia who was given oral antibiotics and sent home, and died the next day. - Spring 2000

$1 million settlement to young woman unable to have children due to faulty tissue diagnosis by pathologists. - Spring 2000

$475,000 settlement won from obstetrician alleged to have failed to do proper prenatal testing and to have delayed delivery of baby, resulting in permanent injuries to the child. - Spring 2000

$3 million Settlement to Elderly Man Who Was Over-medicated . - Fall 1999

$1.1 million settlement for baby injured by negligent neonatal care after birth., Fall 1999
$1 million settlement for estate of school teacher whose heart attack was misdiagnosed at medi-center., Fall 1999

$12.7 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict: Failure To Report Abnormal Ultrasound Results in Injury to Twins, Spring 1999

Failure To Test Status of Baby or Detect Signs of Fetal Distress Before Delivery Causes Brain Damage to Newborn: $2.15 Million Award, Spring 1999

Cerebral Palsey Caused by Negligence of Mother's Obstetricians and Pediatrician: $1.3 Million Award, Spring 1999

Delayed Treatment of Meningitis in Infant Results in $1.8 Million Settlement, Spring 1999

Jaundice Causes Brain Damage: $4 Million Award - John Blume, Fall 1998

$3 Million Settlement for Ignoring Signs of Fetal Distress - John Blume, Fall 1998

Forceps Delivery Damages - Infant's Facial Nerves: $875,000 Settlement - John Blume, Fall 1998

Delayed Birth Causes Child to Suffer Cerebral Palsy and Brain Damage - Carol Forte, Fall 1998

$1.4 Million Jury Verdict Against Perth Amboy Hospital - John Blume, Spring 1998

$1 Million: Improper Delay in Delivery leaves Infant Brain Damaged - John Blume, Spring 1998

Pediatrician Fails to Diagnose Infant's Bacterial Meningitis - John Blume, Spring 1998
Anesthesiologist's Malpractice Settled for $ 1 Million - John Blume, Spring 1998

$1.65 Million in Failure to Diagnose Stomach Cancer - Dennis Donnelly, Spring 1998

$ 1.25 Million Medical Malpractice - Dennis Donnelly, Spring 1998

$1 Million Settlement for Brain Hemorrhage Misdiagnosed in Woman - Michael Zerres, Spring 1998

$1.65 Million in Failure to Diagnosis Stomach Cancer - Dennis Donnelly, Fall 1997

$1.25 Million Medical Malpractice in Back Surgery - Dennis Donnelly, Fall 1997

Anesthesiologist's Malpractice Settled for $ 1 Million - John Blume, Fall 1997

Brain Damaged Infant Will Receive $ 1 Million from Physician's Insurance: - John Blume, Fall 1997

$1.4 Million Jury Verdict Against Perth Amboy Hospital - John Blume, Fall 1997

$ 2.025 Million Jury Verdict in Missed Diagnosis of Heart Condition - Michael Zerres, Spring 1997

$ 1.7 Million Settlement in Wrongful Death Case - Ken Berkowitz, Spring 1997

$ 1 Million Partial Settlement for Failure to Recognize Signs of Meningitis - John Blume, Spring 1997

Improper Treatment for Respiratory Problems in Recovery Room; $ 1.1 Million Settlement - Carol Forte, Spring 1997

$ 1.5 Million Settlement After Ultrasound Reading Fails to Detect Twin - Carol Forte, Spring 1997

TMJ Surgery Worsens Woman's Condition: $1.75 Million - Dennis Donnelly, Fall 1996

Podiatrist Negligence Delays Cancer Diagnosis: $200,000 Settlement - Ronald Goldfaden, Fall 1996

Delay in Reporting Fetal Abnormality: $1.5 Million Settlement - Michael Zerres, Fall 1996

Doctor Gives Diet Pills for Heart Problem: $450,000 Settlement to Estate - Michael Zerres, Fall 1996

Teen Awarded $1 Million for Negligence at Birth - John Blume, Fall 1996

Doctor Ignores Pregnant Woman's Condition, Jury Awards $1.4 Million - Carol Forte, Spring 1996

$4.5 Million in Forceps Delivery Case - Dennis Donnelly, Spring 1996

$3.017 Million Dollar Settlement Approved - Carol Forte, Spring 1996

$1 Million for Five Year Old with Cerebral Palsy Caused by Cesarean Section Delay - John Blume, Spring 1996

Medical Negligence Settles for $1.25 Million - John Blume, Fall 1995

Jury Awards $700,000 for Birth Injury: Forceps Misuse Damages Infant's Arm - John Blume, Fall 1995

$750,000 Settlement After Surgery Results in Blindness - John Blume, Fall 1995

Parsippany Lawyer Dies From Ruptured Aneurysm: $680,000 Settlement - John Blume, Fall 1995

Undetected Breech Position Delays Infant's Delivery - Michael Zerres, Fall 1995
Surgical Delay Lawsuit Settled for Five Million Dollars: Missing and Misread X-Rays - John Blume, Spring 1995

$675,000 Settlement for Elderly Woman Burned in Shower - Kenneth Berkowitz, Spring 1995

$1 Million Settlement in "Right to Terminate" CASE - Dennis Donnelly, Spring 1995

Jury Verdict Doubles Settlement Offer - Kenneth Elwood, Fall 1994

Medical Malpractice Settlement will Pay Over Five Million Dollars - Carol Forte, Fall 1994

Back Surgery Follow-up was Negligent - Ronald Goldfaden, Fall 1994

$2.9 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement: Pediatrician Delayed Emergency Care - John Blume, Fall 1994

Jury Awards $725,000 for Unnecessary Foot Surgery - Michael Zerres, Spring 1994

Doctor's Oversight in Surgery Leads to $800,000 Settlement - Carol Forte, Spring 1994

Infant Medical Malpractice Case Settled for $2.4 Million - John Blume, Spring 1994

Doctors Negligent in ERCP case - Carol Forte, Fall 1993

Child Burned by Bathwater Gets $5.5 Million - Kenneth Berkowitz, Fall 1993

Adult Cerebral Palsy Victim Collects frim Birth Doctor - John Blume, Fall 1993

Hospital Misses Diagnosis - Mitchell Makowicz, Spring 1993

Hospital Unprepared for Emergency Caesarean - Carol Forte, Spring 1993

Cervical Cancer Undetected - 1 Million Dollar Settlement - Carol Forte, Spring 1993

Suicide Leap Could Have Been Prevented - Kenneth Berkowitz, Spring 1993

Unnecessary Operations - Kenneth Berkowitz, Spring 1992

Delay at Hospital - John Blume, Spring 1992

Negligence Causes Brain Damage - John Blume, Spring 1992

Blume Gets $8 Million Verdict - John Blume, Winter 1989

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Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowtiz, Donnelley, Fried & Forte
Product Liability Settlements

$950,000 settlement for toddler injured by fall from defective shopping cart. Spring 1999

$750,000 settlement for teenager seriously injured roller blader wearing defective skates. Spring 1999

$ 1.8 Million Consent Judgement - Ken Berkowitz, Spring 1998

$675,000 Settlement, After Defective Overhead Door Injures Worker - Ken Berkowitz, Spring 1998

$ 4.8 Million Settlement for Seriously Burned Victim - Ken Berkowitz, Spring 1998

$ 4.8 Million Settlement for Seriously Burned Victim - Ken Berkowitz, Fall 1997

Deli Fire Burns Worker's Hands: $500,000 Settlement - Dennis Donnelly, Fall 1996

Hot Coffee Burns Infant: $445,000 Settlement Obtained - Kenneth Elwood, Spring 1996

Dangerous Theospan - Dennis Donnelly, Spring 1996

Elevator Malfunction Injures Woman's Back - Fall 1995

$508,000 Verdict in Machinery Injury - Kenneth Berkowitz, Fall 1995

$800,000 Settlement in "Degloving" Injury - Ronald Goldfaden, Spring 1995

Lack of Scaffolding at Work Site Cited in $500,000 Settlement - Dennis Donnelly, Fall 1994

$3.25 Million Settlement Concludes Bicycle Case - Kenneth Berkowitz, Fall 1994

Berkowitz Wins Unsafe Work Practices Cases - Kenneth Berkowitz, Fall 1994

$7 Million Jury Verdict Sends A Loud Message to Bicycle Manufacturers - Kenneth Berkowitz, Spring 1994

Chemical Pump Explodes - Dennis Donnelly, Winter 1991

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Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowtiz, Donnelley, Fried & Forte
Premises Settlements

$1.95 million for settlement to a scalded infant.- Spring 2002

1.9 Million Dollar Settlement for Burn Injury. - Spring 2001

Help Obtained for Housebound Teen - Winter 2001

$240,000 Settlement won by Truck Driver - Winter 2001

Attorney Ron Goldfaden, a Blume Goldfaden partner, in January 2001 obtained significant settlements for his four clients who were killed or injured in the Seton Hall University dorm fire of January 19, 2000. - Ronald Goldfaden, Spring 2001

$4,125,000 Settlement For Lack Of Security At Shopping Mall, Which Resulted In Rape And Murder Of Mall Shopper - John Blume, Spring 2000

$1.6 million settlement for estates of worker overcome by toxic gases and co-worker who died helping him. , Fall 1999

$781,000 Settlement for Slip & Fall Injuries - Mitchell Makowicz, Fall 1998

Premises Security Settled for $175,000 - John Molinari, Spring 1996

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Twiggs, Beskind, Strickland & Rabenau, P.A.
Transportation Injury
Settlements

Mecklenburg Truck Break-Down Results In $775,000 Wrongful Death Verdict. February 18, 2002. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. - LS

Mecklenburg Truck Break-Down Results In $775,000 Wrongful Death Verdict #2. February 18, 2002. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. - LS

Expert Testimony On Speed Subject To Challenge. October 15, 2001. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. - LS

Head Injury Plantiff Gets Million-Plus Jury Verdict After "No Contact" Wreck. October 8, 2001. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. - LS

Tree Trimming Truck Struck Plaintiff’s Car – Alleged Truck Driver Intoxicated – Company Claimed Truck Stolen – Multiple Fractures - $4 Million Settlement.  13 N.C.L.W. 1258 (2001) - LS   HS

Franchisor's Control Insufficient to Create Vicarious Liability. 13 N.C.L.W. 0137 (2000) - LS   HS
Respondeat Superior - Franchise - No Agency Relationship - Personal Injury - Pedestrian. 13 N.C.L.W. 0161 (2000) - LS   HS

Carpet Cleaner Van Hit Child Pedestrian – Brain Injury - $2.99 Million Settlement. 13 N.C.L.W. 1258 (2001) - LS   HS

Truck Struck Child Walking to School – Drive Plead Fifth Amendment – Contrib Defense Struck - $9.5 Million Mediated Settlement. 13 N.C.L.W. 0995 (2000) - LS   HS

Mother Driving Child to Day Care – Rear-Ended – Struck By Another Car – Mother’s Moderate Closed Head Injury – Child’s Soft Tissue Injuries – Loss of Consortium - $3.5 Million Settlement. N.C.L.W. (2000) - LS   HS

Defendant Hit Plaintiff’s Auto – Hit Plaintiff Standing Nearby – Double Amputation - $7.5 Million Mediated Settlement. 12 N.C.L.W. 1365 (2000) - LS   HS

Case Report: Jury Poll Backfires, Nets Plaintiff Extra $300,000 in Injury Suit. 11 N.C.L.W. 1563 (1999) - LS   HS
Jury Awards Wreck Victim $3.8 Million. Wilkes Journal-Patriot (February 8, 1999) - LS   HS

Rear-End Collision – Shoulder, Neck Injuries – Frozen Posture – Permanent, Total Disability – Larger Verdict After Polling - $3.85 Million Verdict. 12 N.C.L.W. 0459 (1999) - LS   HS

Wrongful Death – Lumber Truck Crossed Center Line – College Student Killed - $750,000 Mediated Settlement – Memorials to Daughter. 11 N.C.L.W. 0206 (1998) - LS   HS

Auto – Wrongful Death – RICO – UDAP – Bad Faith. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Helicopter Crash – Wrongful Death – Emotional Distress - $3 Million Present Value of Structured Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Plaintiff Recovers $2.2 Million In Propane Cloud Pileup. N.C.L.W. (1995) - LS   HS

Federal Tort Claim – Pedestrian Run Over By FBI Van – Organic Brain Damage, Personality Disorder - $2.1 Million Award – Largest Federal Tort Claim Award in State. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Wrongful Death – Mother Killed When Unhitched Trailer Crosses Center Line – $985,000 Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Auto - Wrongful Death – Drunk Driver – Punitive Damages Awarded – UIM Recovery - $421,000 Verdict. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

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Twiggs, Beskind, Strickland & Rabenau, P.A.
Medical Negligence Settlements

Negligent Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal – Probable Liver Transplant – Negligent Hernia Repair Claim - $1.1. Million Settlement. N.C.L.W. (2000) - LS   HS

Case Reports: ER Settlement Hinged on Use of Physician Assistant. 11 N.C.L.W. 0113 (1998) - LS   HS

Failure to Diagnose Clot in Heart - Discharged Without Proper Treatment - Stroke, Paralysis - Patient History - Records Dispute - $3.025 Million Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1998) - LS   HS

Child’s Unnecessary Hysterectomy – Genetic Misdiagnosis – Turner’s Syndrome – Limitations Issue – Structured Settlement Costing Defendants $500,000. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Unneeded Childhood Hysterectomy Nets $500,000. N.C.L.W. (1995) - LS   HS

Surgeon Failed to Discover Artery Severed During Child’s Leg Operation – Fifty Percent Partial Permanent Leg Disability – $533,733 Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Surgery, Drainage of Pancreatic Pseudocyst – Transgastric Drainage Procedure Not Recognized – Peritonitis - $600,000 Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Misdiagnosis, Lung Cancer – Two-And-A-Half Year Delay – Reduced Life Expectancy – Radiation Therapy – Arbitration - $550,000 Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Birth Injury – Brain Damage – Failure to Intervene After Membranes Ruptured Prematurely – Cesarean Section – Fetal Hypoxia - $1,500,000 Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

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Twiggs, Beskind, Strickland & Rabenau, P.A.
Product Liability/ Workplace Injury Settlements

Passenger Injured In Wreck – Hit Head On Front Pillar – Quadriplegia – Sued Carmaker For Defective Restraints - $2.8 Million Confidential Mediated Settlement. N.C.L.W. (2000) - LS   HS

Workplace Injury, Death – Hamlet Settlement – State’s Largest Mass Tort – Woodson Claims – Emotional Distress – Worker’s Compensation – Bankruptcy Complication. $16.1 Million Total Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Hamlet: The Story Behind The Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1993) - LS   HS

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Twiggs, Beskind, Strickland & Rabenau, P.A.
Premises Liability / Damage To Real Property

Slip and Fall – Broken Hip – Shopping Mall – Slippery Floor - $1 Million Verdict. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Asbestos in School Building – Property Damage – Products Liability - $835,000 Settlement. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

Water Contamination – Property Damage, Personal Injury – State and Federal Claims – Superfund – Nuisance – Negligence – Strict Liability – Trespass - $550,000 Settlement with Landowners – Remainder of Settlement Confidential. N.C.L.W. (1996) - LS   HS

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Decof & Decof
Medical Malpractice & More

Over the years, Leonard Decof has become recognized nationally as one of the country's preeminent trial lawyers. He has won national recognition in the courtroom as well as at the lectern. He has tried in the trial courts and argued in the appellate courts many cases which established major precedent. Two examples are Wilkinson v. Vesey, the seminal medical malpractice case in Rhode Island, and Williams v. United States, a seminal case nationally which established precedent for substantial damages for the wrongful death of a child. In the United States Supreme Court he has argued and won cases which set the precedent in the areas of antitrust and constitutional law.

Mark B. Decof, Leonard's son, has established his own place and reputation in the legal community. An experienced, thorough and compassionate litigator, Mark Decof has tried to verdict many important cases, obtaining numerous verdicts in excess of a million dollars. He is recognized as one of the foremost plaintiffs' trial attorneys in Rhode Island, especially in the fields of medical malpractice and product liability. Mark Decof's skills as a trial lawyer have earned him election to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

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