Attorneys Steven Errante and Marisa Bellair of Lynch, Traub, Keefe and Errante obtained a $2.7 million verdict on January 23, 2019, in Danbury Superior Court on behalf of the Estate of Gail Ingram, a 61-year-old woman whose CT scan in September of 2012 was misread when the radiologist failed to note the presence of a 10 mm cancerous right lung nodule, which was ultimately discovered in a follow-up CT scan in April of 2014 at which time the cancer had progressed to a 4 cm metastasized cancerous mass. The cancer was Stage 1 when it could have first been diagnosed in 2012, but had progressed to Stage 4 by the time the mass was discovered in 2014.
The defendants, Dr. Barbara Blanco and Danbury Radiological Associates defended the case vigorously claiming that the 2012 CT scan was read properly, the cancer that Ms. Ingram later developed was in a different location in her right lung, and finally, that even if the cancer had been diagnosed earlier, Ms. Ingram could not have been successfully treated. They took a no-pay position prior to and during the trial. The plaintiffs offered expert testimony from a radiologist and oncologist who
opined that the 10 mm cancerous nodule should have been reported and treated with a lobectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy, which would have had a 70-80% chance cure rate. The defendants offered expert testimony from four experts, including a radiologist, a pathologist and two oncologists.
The jury spent two and a half days deliberating. Attorneys Errante and Bellair believe that due to the defendants’ failure to take responsibility and their unreasonable view of the case, the jury carefully weighed the evidence and came to an appropriate and fair result for a family who lost their wife and mother too soon as a result of undiagnosed and untreated cancer. Ultimately, the jury sent a message to radiologists that suspicious findings must be reported so appropriate follow-up can be conducted by clinicians familiar with the patient’s history. Ms. Ingram’s family feels that justice has been served by virtue of the physician and her group being held accountable for their malfeasance.
Attorneys Steve Errante and Marisa Bellair sued an emergency room physician and hospital for failure to diagnose their client’s cardiac condition. Instead, the Defendants diagnosed him as suffering from gastrointestinal upset and discharged him. He died a short time later.
Our client’s vehicle was struck while she was traveling on 95. Given the complexity of the crash, the liability was disputed as it was unclear which vehicle actually struck our client. Our client suffered a neck injury as a result of the crash. Despite the liability hurdles, the case settled for $187,500.
A 37-year-old female passenger involved in small plane crash sustaining multiple trauma and burns over 50 to 60 percent of her body and requiring a prolonged hospitalization and several surgeries. Action brought against the aircraft broker and the aircraft maintenance company.
Passenger injured in a motor vehicle accident was hospitalized with serious injuries. Despite the fact that progress was being made during hospitalization, the defendant hospital and its agents removed a ventilator without properly and adequately evaluating readiness for extubation, which resulted in an emergency tracheotomy. The patient died. Action against defendant hospital and its agents.
Represented 23 young Haitian boys who alleged sexual abuse against defendant abuser and facilities that were involved in the activities of the abuser.
Action against physicians and medical group for failure to diagnose bacterial endocarditis that led to a debilitating stroke requiring 24-hour care for the patient until his subsequent death five years later.
Medical malpractice action brought following the death of a 43-year-old married father of three young children who died following a cardiovascular event. Action against family physician who failed to follow up with testing or referrals, even though the victim had complained of chest pain, chest tightness and/or shortness of breath on exertion on multiple occasions over a three-year period.
An action for aviation negligence and wrongful death against the pilot of a small aircraft who failed to follow proper piloting procedures. The airplane crashed, killing a young female passenger.
An action for professional negligence (medical malpractice) against a hospital radiologist who failed to properly diagnose a young boy’s clogged Ventricular Peritoneal Shunt, resulting in his death.
An action for negligence against a large commuter railroad company for the failure of its employees to properly supervise and protect a subcontractor’s employee who was working on railroad property from energized overhead power lines. The victim was electrocuted twice and sustained serious burns over much of his body.
An action for professional negligence (medical malpractice) against physicians who failed to properly manage a mother’s pregnancy and delivery, resulting in the birth of a child with cerebral palsy.
An action for negligence against an employment agency for failing to properly screen and background check a new employee who had dangerous propensities and subsequently attacked a co-worker, resulting in multiple stab wounds and other serious personal injuries.
An action for professional negligence (medical malpractice) against physicians who failed to properly read a biopsy slide, resulting in unnecessary surgery and other personal injuries.
48-year-old man sustained an injury to his right hip when he tripped and fell as a result of an elevator that was misleveling in the apartment building where he resided. Plaintiff alleges that the elevator continuously misleveled, creating a 3″ lip that caused him to lose his balance after the toe of his shoe hit it.
Attorney Marisa Bellair secured a $4 million verdict related to a multicrash accident that occurred in Orange, Connecticut. The jury verdict was entered against the state of Connecticut that was found to be partially at fault for the accident that took the life of a young father.
Dunkin’ Donuts for leg burns received from hot coffee.
Lisa Puglia collects $1.25 million after box truck sideswipe. Eye and ear disorders lead to problems with balance and focus.
Neck sprain against Safeco Insurance Company.
LTKE Law recently concluded a trial in the Stamford Superior Court before Judge Frank D’Andrea and a jury of six. The case involved a motor vehicle accident whereby our client, Mrs. Nance Hutter, was hit from behind by a large beer truck owned by DiChello Distributors. As a result of the collision, Mrs. Hutter sustained a number of serious injuries including injuries to her head and neck. Mrs. Hutter also sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. We tried the case for over three weeks and presented a substantial number of witnesses to establish the significance of the impact and the extent of the injuries. The experts included an accident reconstruction expert from Maryland, a bio-mechanical expert from Virginia, a neurologist, a psychiatrist and a neuro-psychologist. In addition to the various expert witnesses, we also presented testimony from friends of Mrs. Hutter who knew her before the time of the accident and were able to explain to the jury the significant change in Mrs. Hutter that occurred as a result of the incident. After three weeks of evidence, the jury deliberated for two and one-half days and then rendered a verdict in favor of Mrs. Hutter in the amount of $825,000, including over $500,000 for compensation for her pain and suffering. The defendant made a final offer just before the case was given to the jury in the amount of $450,000.
Woman is killed by automobile
Our attorney, Donn Swift, represented the widow of a cyclist who was struck in New Haven by the driver of a hotel van, who was found to have had alcohol in his system and was talking on a cellphone at the time of the accident. The cyclist died a few days later. The case went to trial, with a jury verdict resulting in an award of nearly $2.3 million to the cyclist’s family.
Settlement against phone company after their employee rear-ends automobile causing head injury.
A 46-year-old woman was traveling on Route 118 in Harwinton, Connecticut, at which time she struck a motor vehicle that was coming to a stop directly in front of her vehicle. As a result of striking the vehicle directly in front of her vehicle, her vehicle was subsequently struck by the motor vehicle directly behind hers causing a second collision. The plaintiff alleged that the injury to her shoulder was a result of the collision when her vehicle was struck from behind and not as a result of the collision that she caused when she struck the vehicle directly in front of hers. The defendants tried to argue that there was no way for the plaintiff nor her doctors to prove which collision caused the injury to her shoulder. The plaintiff was able to successfully convince a judge that the impact when her vehicle was struck from behind was the cause of her injury and not the first impact with the vehicle directly in front of her that she was responsible for causing. Furthermore, the defendants were arguing that the plaintiff was a mail carrier who worked for the U.S. Post Office for the last 22 years and her shoulder problems were directly caused by her repetitive use of her shoulder during the scope of her employment and not the motor vehicle accidents in question.
Settlement on behalf of woman who suffered neck and back injuries after being struck by drunk driver
A 45-year-old woman claimed personal injuries to her right shoulder when she was struck by a motor vehicle from behind on Route 80 in Waterford, Connecticut. As a result of the collision, the plaintiff underwent arthroscopic surgery to her shoulder. The plaintiff testified that the shoulder surgery considerably reduced her pain to the point where she was close to 100 percent healed. The plaintiff was able to show that the defendant was traveling too fast for roadway conditions and that he failed to keep a reasonable and proper look out. The plaintiff owned her own paving company. The defendants tried to argue that her shoulder injury was a result of arthritic conditions that pre-existed the accident in question.
Settlement against PetCo on behalf of woman who sustained hip injury after falling on dog biscuit located on store floor.
An action for negligence against the driver of an automobile for crossing a double yellow line on a highway. Driver collided with and killed the driver of an oncoming vehicle.
Quassy Amusement Park after a young girl receives neck injury on unsupervised water slide.
Settlement for a man’s shoulder injury after being rear-ended on a residential road.
Settlement against a building contractor for injuries man received after falling from ladder that was not properly set up.
Settlement for injuries man received to his neck and shoulder after his vehicle was struck by a school bus in parking lot.
She was injured 10/23/15 fracturing her left shoulder (proximal humerous) after a fall while working as a visiting nurse. The $75,000 was in addition to another $39,000 she was paid for her 37% impairment of the left shoulder she sustained which was paid prior to settlement.
We successfully litigated a negligence action against a chemical waste and disposal company after its employees failed to properly drain and clean a tanker truck, resulting in a violent combustion explosion that killed the young man who was assigned to routine maintenance on the tanker.
We successfully litigated a medical malpractice action against a pathologist who failed to properly read a pathology slide and timely diagnose a patient’s stomach cancer.
We successfully litigated a product liability action against a prominent bicycle manufacturer after a defective stem weld broke during an international triathlon event, seriously injuring the rider.
We successfully litigated a medical malpractice action against obstetricians after they failed to properly deliver a baby boy during vaginal delivery, resulting in permanent nerve damage and other associated physical deficits and impairments.
We successfully litigated a product liability action against the manufacturer of a commercial wood chipper after its defective design and lack of proper safety guards dismembered, and ultimately killed, a user.
We successfully litigated a medical malpractice action against a physician who failed to properly interpret an EKG study, which prevented diagnosis of his patient’s cardiac problems. Shortly thereafter, the patient died from a fatal arrhythmia stemming from his undiagnosed cardiac problem.
We successfully litigated a negligence action against the owner and operator of a vocational school for persons with acquired brain injuries after a defective hot water distribution system scalded and killed a young resident student.
We successfully litigated a malpractice action against obstetricians and hospital personnel after they failed to recognize and address severe intrauterine growth retardation in twin fetuses, resulting in the death of one of the twins.
We successfully litigated a professional malpractice action against an accounting firm after it failed to properly complete certain accounting transactions and make certain filings for a prominent business client.