Medical Malpractice Attorneys Earn $24 Million for New Jersey Woman

An Orange County, New York jury awarded a Montague, New Jersey woman $24 million following an extreme incident of medical malpractice. Diane Manganiello was forty two years old when she was the victim of negligence which sent her into a coma for a period of time and now has left her with severe brain damage and very limited speech. Medical malpractice attorneys say that the damage award included $19.5 million for her future medical and rehabilitation needs and an additional $5 million for Andrew, her husband, for the relationship and enjoyment of life that he has now lost.

Mother of Five is the Victim of Medical Negligence

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys diane manganiello bon secours community hospitalManganiello went into Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY due to low sodium levels. Saline solution should have been infused into the woman slowly because this was a chronic condition. Sadly, this is not what happened. Medical malpractice attorneys say that saline solution was infused very rapidly, raising her sodium levels significantly in only fourteen hours. Following a trial that lasted nearly four weeks, the critical care physician, Dr. Moinuddin Ahmed was found to be sixty percent responsible, while Rose Aumick, the nurse, was found to be responsible for the remaining forty percent. Today, Manganiello lives in Milford, Pennsylvania at a supported living facility. Her family is only able to bring her home on weekends for visits but they hope in the future, thanks to the compensation from the verdict, that they will be able to bring her home permanently and she can receive a high level of care from home.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a family member has recently been the victim of medical negligence, it is possible that you would like to speak with our professionals. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys – Judge-Directed Negotiations

The Obama Administration has given money grants to states as part of its health-care plan in order to launch a variety of projects in an effort to limit the rising costs and expenses of lengthy medical malpractice litigation. New York has taken those federal funds and run with them, creating a new approach known as “judge-directed negotiations“. Medical malpractice attorneys will now have the ability to sit down with opposing counsel and the judge much earlier in the litigation process in an effort to discuss potential settlements. This is a major step forward because now lawyers will be able to meet and discuss potential agreements months after a complaint is filed, as opposed to years later as the current system operates.

Early Case Settlements Mean Less Court Costs

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys judge directed negotiationsWith both parties meeting with an honest and neutral party, the judge, it is easier to get a true hold on how the parties can meet in the middle, at a fair amount of damages. We believe this process will probably result in somewhat smaller awards for plaintiffs but it will be paid far earlier than waiting for a verdict. Trials can drag on for years and years, this process should allow the parties to reach an agreement after only months. This will allow plaintiffs to get money much sooner, which in many cases is necessary as bills begin to stack up. Michelle M. Mello, a Harvard professor, said that “ordinarily when the parties come to a settlement conference, it’s late in the game.” This will no longer be the case with the success of judge-directed negotiations. The approach has been limited to New York City courts thus far but it is expected to spread rapidly due to its apparent success.

How the Program Works

In New York, cases are assigned to a judge in the early stages of the legal process. Judges will often have a background in medical issues and a nurse with legal training also helps the judge. Frequent meetings are held between the medical malpractice attorneys and the judge, without clients present, to discuss the case. The medical malpractice attorneys must have the authority from their clients to settle the case. With more frequent interaction and more expedience in the legal process, medical malpractice attorneys should be able to achieve their clients’ goals in a much quicker and more efficient manner.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a family member has recently been the victim of medical negligence, it is possible that you would like to speak with one of our professionals. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Birth Injury Attorneys Win Large Verdict for New York Family

Recently, a New York jury awarded a family $510,000 after negligence in the delivery room led to birth injury, oxygen deprivation, and brain damage for young Xzavier Hyman.

Doctor Veers from Standard of Care and Causes Permanent Damage

new jersey philadelphia birth injury attorneys large verdict NY familyDr. Paul Heltzer and the Staten Island University Hospital were found responsible for the speech probelms, learning disabilities, and reduced life expectancy that Xzavier now faces due to the extended period of time he went without oxygen on the day of his birth.

Dr. Heltzer broke Xzavier’s mother’s water prematurely, while labor was still progressing quite slowly. He then administered dosages of the drug Pitocin, which is used to induce contractions and help begin labor. The suit claims that Dr. Heltzer kept the mother on Pitocin for far too long, causing excess stress on the baby as a result of relentless contractions. The contractions caused an increase in pressure on the baby’s brain while oxygen and blood flow to the brain slowed, and eventually, Xzavier’s heart stopped.

Xzavier’s mother was in labor for 19 hours, and was on Pitocin for a majority of that time. It was determined that Dr. Heltzer and the Staten Island University Hospital acted negligently in allowing her to remain on the drug for so long. It was also determined that a C-Section should have been executed as opposed to waiting for a vaginal delivery. A lot of the complications Xzavier deals with today could have been avoided had the standard of care been adhered to.

Birth Injury Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your child is dealing with complications that stem from a birth injury they received, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for the negligence that caused their injuries. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the birth injury lawyers at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

Jury Awards $7 Million to Victims of Medical Malpractice in New York

In New York, a Queens jury has awarded a Long Island couple $7 million in a case of medical malpractice that almost led to the untimely death of Owen McNamara.

Medical Malpractice at St. Francis Hospital

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers st. francis hospital case St. Francis Hospital, located on Long Island, NY, is known as “The Heart Center”. It’s reputation for cardiac excellence has patients the world over seeking treatment there. That is why Owen and Jo-Ann McNamara went to St. Francis Hospital for a “routine” by-pass surgery. The surgery went smoothly. Post-op, however, did not.

While in the ICU (Intenstive Care Unit), Owen developed a condition called tamponade. This condition involves the build-up of blood and fluid in the pericardium (the sac surrounding the heart) which can compress the heart and disrupt it’s normal function. A timely response can relieve the pressure within minutes, but because of a negligent response and failure on his doctor’s part to communicate the budding complications, Owen McNamara suffered a heart attack.

Doctors revived him, but Owen faced 2.5 years of complications, hospital stays, and rehab treatments resulting from the tamponade related heart attack. His heart blockages were cleared during the by-pass surgery, but Owen now lives with permanent damage to his heart, as well as chest and breathing complications.

Had St. Francis Hospital staff recognized the symptoms of tamponade sooner, and promptly and effectively treated those symptoms, Mr. and Mrs. McNamara could have avoided the nightmare that followed the cardiac arrest.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

The McNamaras, in some ways, are very lucky. Hospital negligence did not take Owen’s life. Others have lost life and limb as a result of medical malpractice and hospital negligence. That is why medical malpractice lawyers are necessary. Hospitals and doctors that act negligently and do not adhere to the standard of care must be held accountable for their mistakes.

If you or a loved one have suffered in any way at the hands of a negligent medical provider, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free consultation or call us at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Our team strive to earn full and fair compensation for those who have been seriously wronged by careless and negligent medical providers.