The firm recently secured summary judgment on behalf of our hospital client in an action of malpractice stemming from a fall by the then 92 year old plaintiff. It was established the plaintiff was properly assessed immediately upon admission as having been high risk for falls, he was oriented and alert and received the appropriate instructions with regard to getting out of bed. We were able to establish the hospital put into place the appropriate interventions, including raising the side rails, appropriate foot wear, instructions and placement of a call bell. The Court held plaintiff did not meet his burden in rebutting the entitlement to summary judgment
VBP&P is very proud to announce that Robert Boccio has joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Boccio began his career with the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel. He was then recruited to the New York Department of Juvenile Justice where he was appointed as the Executive Director to Horizon Juvenile Detention Center. For the past decade Mr. Boccio has specialized in the defense of medical professionals, including major medical centers, nursing homes and a variety of physicians. He has also defended many clients in pharmaceutical and general liability litigation. Rob is a fantastic attorney and a terrific person. We are delighted to have Rob on board.
VBP&P is proud to join St. Johns Law School in sponsoring a Health Care Law Symposium, to be held in September of 2015. The program will feature attorneys from the firm speaking on a variety of matters, including health care law, medical malpractice defense and criminal matters related to the health field.
VBP&P is very proud to announce that Jeffrey R. Nichols has joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Nichols has devoted his career to medical malpractice defense, nursing home litigation, personal injury defense and health care matters. He has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict throughout the New York metropolitan area. Jeff is a fantastic attorney and even better person. We are thrilled to have him join the firm.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols and Porter is proud to announce that our partner, Brian Moody, has accepted the position of Vice President for Legal Affairs at Richmond University Medical Center. While we will certainly miss having our friend and colleague with us as the firm continues to grow, we are thrilled for Brian as he begins this new and exciting chapter of his legal career.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols and Porter, LLP is very pleased to announce that Todd E. Gilbert has joined the firm as a partner working out of the Valhalla office. Todd brings a wealth of experience in medical malpractice, general liability, municipal liability, appellate practice and personal injury. He is active in the community and admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.
On March 23, 2015, John Barker successfully conducted an intra-trial Frye Hearing that led to the striking of plaintiff’s expert’s testimony in a medical malpractice action. Mr. Barker argued that there was no support in the medical literature for the causation theory espoused by plaintiff’s expert urologist. After determining the Frye issue, the trial court granted Mr. Barker’s motion for a dismissal based upon plaintiff’s inability to establish a prima facie case.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols and Porter, LLP is pleased to welcome Kiki Chrisomallides to the firm as an associate in the Garden City office. Kiki has dedicated her practice to representing health care providers in medical malpractice actions in the New York metropolitan area. Having worked with Kiki in the past, we know she is an outstanding attorney, who will be an asset to our firm and client base for many years to come.
VBPMP welcomes Frederick W. Vasselman to the firm as Of Counsel. Mr. Vasselman is a general practice attorney specializing in Real Estate, Civil Litigation and Family/Matrimonial Law. He is a retired New York City Police Officer, who interned for the Honorable Peter O’Donohue of the Queens County Supreme Court. Frederick specializes in Real Estate, Civil and Criminal Litigation, and Small Business Administration.