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Queens County Jury Awards $5,730,000 to Family of Patient Brain Damaged During Surgery

April 2017

I obtained a verdict of $5,730,000 against an anesthesiologist and hospital for the wrongful death of a 56 year old elevator mechanic who suffered a brain injury due to low blood flow (hypoperfusion) during surgery to place a feeding tube in his stomach. The patient had been hospitalized for one week at a major NYC hospital recovering from a lateral medullary stroke that prevented him from swallowing or walking - though he could move all extremities and communicate. During the first week, the patient received his nutrition thru a naso-gastric tube that goes thru the nose and into the stomach.The physician's at the hospital recommended that the patient undergo surgery to place a feeding tube into his stomach so that a rehab facility would accept him for transfer. During the G-tube procedure, the patient's blood pressure dropped to dangerously low levels on 2 separate occasions depriving the brain of oxygen and necessitating that the procedure be aborted.

The jury found that the attending anesthesiologist departed from accepted medical practices because she failed to promptly treat the drop in blood pressure during the first hypotensive event. The jury found that this departure was a substantial contributing factor in the patient's death one year later--and the cause of his paralysis, bedsores, inability to communicate and dependence on a ventilator. For the next 12 months the patient remained bed ridden and could only blink, nod and mouth words in response to simple questions.

Practice area(s): Medical Malpractice

Court: Supreme Court, Queens County

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts " and "Top New York Settlements." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He was a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!
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