LI Law Firm Wins $20 Million Med Mal Verdict
A Bronx man has won a $20 million medical malpractice verdict in Bronx Supreme Court from a New York City hospital after a delay in his diagnosis…
LI law firm wins $20 million med mal verdict
By Michael H. Samuels
July 20, 2009
A Bronx man has won a $20 million medical malpractice verdict in Bronx Supreme Court from a New York City hospital after a delay in his diagnosis and treatment resulted in quadriplegia.
Attorneys from Duffy and Duffy in Uniondale argued that doctors from Montefiore Medical Center failed to properly diagnosis Wilfredo Figueroa’s spinal abscess, interpret it and refer him to a proper specialist during September and October 2004.
Figueroa, 54, is now in a residential facility because home health care is expensive, said Jim Wilkens, an attorney from Duffy and Duffy. He is the son of Latin jazz musician Wilfredo Figueroa Jr.
Wilkens said Figueroa has recovered the ability to use his arms, but will never gain use of his legs. If the abscess had been found sooner, he potentially could have made a full recovery.
‘He can’t move his legs, he can’t control his bowel functions, he will never perform sexually again,’ Wilkens said. ‘As a result of this verdict, he’ll be able to live with his family again.’