Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Alexandra Zerrillo has joined the firm as an Associate in the Westchester office. Prior to joining VBPNP, Ms. Zerrillo interned in the chambers of the Hon. Judge Lawrence E. Kahn, a Senior U.S. District Judge for the Northern District Court of New York. We are delighted to welcome Alexandra aboard.
On October 17, 2019, John Barker and Lauren Maloney obtained a unanimous defense verdict following a five week medical malpractice trial in Westchester County Supreme Court. The case involved a colon perforation diagnosed four days following liposuction/abdominoplasty surgery in a 56 year old male. Mr. Barker and Ms. Maloney represented a plastic surgeon who allegedly perforated the patient’s colon with a cannula during the liposuction portion of the surgery. The patient required four subsequent surgeries and was left with significant abdominal scarring secondary to these surgeries and the use of retention sutures. The defense argued that there was no evidence of any departure from accepted practice by the plastic surgeon and the pathology and clinical picture pointed to several more likely causes of the perforation.
Several VBPNP partners were invited to present at the annual national conference of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) held on October 13 to 16 in Baltimore, MD.
Gary W. Patterson, Jr. and Scott Singer ironically challenged each other in a Mock Trial presentation to demonstrate the various stages of setting reserves on a lawsuit and the impact of litigation/trial developments. In a sold-out session, the audience served as the jury casting votes electronically.
Hon. Ruth Kraft and Mamie Stathatos-Fulgieri were invited back to present the grave issue of Human Trafficking and the unique opportunity for hospitals and medical facilities to help curtail the staggering statistics associated with trafficking of individuals.
Dylan Braverman joined a panel with Lori Shapiro, Claims Team Lead with Sedgwick, Michael Midgley, VP of Healthcare Risk Engineering at Swiss Re, and Dr. Frank Illuzzi, Chief Medical Officer of City Med, addressing the issues of the aging population in the healthcare setting.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols and Porter, LLP is very proud to announce the opening of our new office in Naples, Florida. Since our founding in 2015, the firm has developed relationships with many national insurance carriers, corporations and health care providers. Our clients have come to expect outstanding results secondary to our creative and relentless approach to each case. We will now bring this level of client service to the Sunshine State. Margaret Antonino will be managing the Florida office.
On September 16, 2019, Mamie Stathatos-Fulgieri and Megan Lawless secured summary judgment in favor of a surgeon and hospital in the Supreme Court, Queens County. The plaintiff claimed that these defendants committed malpractice by negligently performing surgery to retrieve a retained portion of the plaintiff’s intrauterine device (IUD), resulting in additional surgeries, the exacerbation of plaintiff’s pelvic pain and endometriosis, and contributing to plaintiff’s impaired fertility. In support of their motion for summary judgment, the defendants presented evidence that they fully informed plaintiff of the risks of the surgery and that surgery may not be successful in removing the IUD piece or relieving plaintiff’s pelvic pain. The defendants also presented expert testimony that plaintiff’s alleged injuries were not due to any act or omission on the part of the defendants, but rather were caused by plaintiff’s past medical history, including her adenomyosis and history of venereal disease, both of which are known to cause pelvic pain and impaired fertility.
Ultimately, despite repeated requests for extensions to oppose defendants’ motion, the plaintiff did not submit opposition papers and the Hon. Peter J. O’Donoghue granted summary judgment and dismissed the case. The court’s dismissal forestalled the need for our clients to continue with costly litigation and a protracted trial on the merits.
On September 25, 2019, Mr. Brennan obtained a directed verdict on behalf of his client, a Suffolk County hospital. The plaintiff alleged that the hospital staff negligently managed the care of the 85 year old decedent with several comorbidities, while in the custody of the hospital, resulting in a left femur fracture requiring surgical repair. Following the close of the plaintiff’s case, Mr. Brennan successfully argued that plaintiff did not make out a prima facie case to establish negligence by the hospital staff, and that the doctrine of res ipsa loquitor was inapplicable under the facts of the case. Accordingly, his motion was granted and the case was dismissed.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Daniel O’Connell has joined the firm as an Associate in the Garden City office. Prior to joining VBPNP Mr. O’Connell while at St. John’s Law School, interned with Gotham Government Relations and Sewanhaka Central School District where he gained significant experience in political communications, education law, labor law, and commercial litigation. We are delighted to welcome Daniel aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Andres Sanchez has joined the firm as an associate in the Garden City office. Prior to joining VBPNP Mr. Sanchez served as a prosecutor in the Supreme Court Trial Division of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. We are delighted to welcome Andres aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Emeka Thomas has joined the firm as an Associate in the Valhalla office. Prior to joining VBPNP Mr. Thomas graduated from St. John’s University School of law and interned with New York State Homes and Community Renewal, where he worked with both the Housing and Finance Agency and the Office of Economic Opportunity and Partnership Development. We are delighted to welcome Emeka aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Morgan Gieser has joined the firm as an associate in the Garden City office. Prior to joining VBPNP Ms. Gieser earned her Juris Doctorate from The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in 2019. We are delighted to welcome Morgan aboard.