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Leitner Varughese victories featured in the 2019 Edition of Jury Verdict Review & Analysis

Two recent victories of Leitner Varughese were selected to be featured in the 2019 edition of Jury Verdict Review & Analysis - New York, a national jury verdict reporter publication.

The featured results include:

$900,000.00 - Home health care negligence – Failure of home care aide to prevent fall 93-year-old high risk patient – Cervical fractures – Displaced nasal fractures – Patient unable to undergo surgery because of age and health issues (Bronx County, NY)

This case involved a 93-year-old patient had a 24-hour per day home health aide. The defendant homecare agency’s records indicated that our client was “High Risk” for falling, and consequently required “constant observation”, close supervision, and safety precautions. The instructions were to provide assistance with all activities of daily living, including to assist her with toileting, transferring, walking and safety supervision

The plaintiff maintained that irrespective of these instructions, the aide negligently failed to set up the bed alarm before retiring for the night in another room. The plaintiff fell as she was walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

The plaintiff suffered a fracture at C4, and C5 which extended into the lamina, a cervical spinal ligamentous injury and tearing, and a displaced nasal bone fracture. The plaintiff could not undergo otherwise indicated surgery because of co-morbid conditions and required two months in a rehabilitation facility. The plaintiff contended that the pain, loss of function and reduced quality of life is very substantial. The court awarded $900,000.00.

$275,000.00 - Nursing home negligence – Failure to prevent decubitus ulcer in nursing home resident – Stage IV pressure sore – Death from unrelated causes less than two months later. (Suffolk County, NY)

This case involved a nursing home resident who was admitted for depression, bipolar disorder, a schizophrenic disorder, and aphasia in which it was alleged that the staff at the defendant nursing home violated the decedent’s rights as a nursing home resident.

The plaintiff maintained that the defendant failed to provide protection against adverse effects of pressure, friction and shearing; failed to assess the plaintiff’s decedent as high risk for skin breakdown based on his medical condition on admission; failed to provide wound care treatment as ordered by the physician and failed to properly provide appropriate pressure-relieving interventions to lessen the risk of pressure-related injuries.

The plaintiff contended that as a result, the plaintiff’s decedent developed a stage IV pressure ulcer to the sacrum requiring extensive treatment. He died less than two months later from unrelated causes. The defendant nursing home contended that it exercised all care reasonably necessary to prevent the skin breakdown.The case settled prior to the disclosure of experts for $275,000.00.

Leitner Varughese is a cutting-edge litigation and trial law firm uniquely experienced in handling high-profile, complex lawsuits involving serious injuries and wrongful death. The Firm has specific interest in handling cases of neglect and abuse involving nursing home residents. In just the past few years, the Firm's Partners have facilitated in the recovery of over $150 million on behalf of clients that were injured as a result of car and truck accidents, construction accidents (involving New York State Labor Law violations), slip/trip and falls, and defective pharmaceuticals, including the recovery of over $100 million alone in verdicts and settlements on behalf of the victims of nursing home neglect and abuse and medical malpractice.

Leitner Varughese attorneys are routinely heralded as preeminent trial lawyers by nationally acclaimed organizations including the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, American Academy of Trial Attorneys Premier 100, Rue Ratings Best Attorneys in America, America’s Top 100 Attorneys, and National Academy of Jurisprudence Premier 100 Trial Attorneys, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Best Attorneys of America - Lifetime Charter Member, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc., Top 10 Attorney Award for State of New York, Peritum American Attorneys, and Personal Injury Law Experts.

Leitner Varughese PLLC is a cutting-edge litigation and trial law firm uniquely experienced in handling high-profile, complex lawsuits involving serious injuries and wrongful death. The Firm has vast experience in handling cases involving Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect. In addition to handling these types of cases, Leitner Varughese PLLC routinely and successfully represents victims that have been sustained serious injuries caused by:

Construction Accidents Medical Malpractice Motor Vehicle Accidents Trip / Slip & Fall Accidents Labor Law Violations Negligent Premises Security Products Liability Defective Drugs

For more information about Leitner Varughese PLLC or to be a part of our team, please contact us at (855) LV LAW NY (855-585-2969), or visit our website at

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