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February 2014 News from Feldman Shepherd

February 1, 2014

$4.5 Million Verdict Affirmed by New Jersey Appellate Division

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, has affirmed a $4.5 million verdict for the family of a warehouse worker who suffered disabling and ultimately fatal injuries in a workplace accident. Feldman Shepherd attorneys Alan M. Feldman, Daniel J. Mann and Edward S. Goldis represented the plaintiff.

Confidential $2.75 Million Recovery for Woman with Permanent Gastrointestinal Injury

Feldman Shepherd attorney Roberta D. Pichini represented a 32-year-old woman with Crohn’s Disease who was left without a  functioning colon after what should have been a routine surgery. Pichini contended that a surgical error during the procedure, coupled with the negligent failure of the surgical team to recognize the error for a number of days, resulted in the destruction of most of the plaintiff’s colon.

$3.95 Million Recovered on Behalf of Disabled Woman in Anesthesia Mishap

Feldman Shepherd attorney Mark W. Tanner obtained a $3.95 million settlement for the estate of a disabled woman who died from complications of a hypoxic brain injury. The patient had undergone an apparently successful spinal surgery when she was prematurely extubated at a time when she could not breathe on her own.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Decision in Lipsky v. State Farm

An evenly split six-justice Pennsylvania Supreme Court has let stand the Superior Court ruling that emotional distress from witnessing a family member killed by a car is a distinct injury and covered under an auto insurance policy. Ezra Wohlgelernter and Thomas Martin represented the Lipsky family in the claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress arising from witnessing the death of a close relative who was struck and killed by a drunk driver. To read the full story, go toSupreme Court Upholds Emotional Distress Ruling.

Claim for Neglect at Personal Care Home Settles for $800,000

Feldman Shepherd lawyers Alan M. Feldman and Andrew K. Mitnick secured an $800,000 settlement on behalf of the estate of William Steptoe. Steptoe died after being transferred from a personal care home he had criticized to another personal care home that was not qualified to manage his needs as a sliding scale diabetic.

Benchmark Plaintiff Ranks Feldman Shepherd ‘Highly Recommended’

Feldman Shepherd has been named one of seven “Highly Recommended” Pennsylvania plaintiff litigation firms for 2014 by Benchmark Litigation’s Benchmark Plaintiff guide. Many accolades for the firm’s work came from defense attorneys. “These guys are outstanding,” one Pennsylvania defense attorney said of Feldman Shepherd. “No list of Pennsylvania plaintiffs is complete without them.”

Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano Discuss Audit Trail Importance to Obstetric Cases

Feldman Shepherd attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd andPatricia M. Giordano recount in a CLE how they used electronic medical records to prove labor and delivery nurses lied in an obstetric case. The audit trail uncovered misdeeds including three nurses tampering with medical records at different points in their shift.

News and Events

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed Co-Managing Partner Alan M. Feldman to the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) board. Feldman will serve a three-year term on the nine-member board. Pennsylvania IOLTA enables lawyers to raise millions of dollars for the provision of legal services to the poor and disadvantaged.

Ezra Wohlgelernter, lectured at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and presented at thePennsylvania Association for Justice’s (PAAJ) Annual Premises Liability seminar in Philadelphia.