Verdicts And Settlements
Helping Injured People For More Than 60 Years
The Connecticut law firm of Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C., has been helping injured people and their families for more than 60 years. We welcome you to review our history of results that includes medical malpractice claims, motor vehicle accident lawsuits and complex cases. Our firm’s notable verdicts* and settlements* include:
$2.7 million dollar verdict won for failure to diagnose lung cancer
Attorneys Steven Errante and Marisa Bellair of Lynch, Traub, Keefe and Errante, P.C. 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.
- Sexual assault cases settled for $12 million
Represented 23 young Haitian boys who alleged sexual abuse against defendant abuser and facilities that were involved in the activities of the abuser.
- Airplane crash case settled for $4.25 million
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.
- $3.9 million jury verdict: airplane crash
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.
- $3.25 million settlement: railroad electrical accident
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.
- $3 million settlement: negligent hiring
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.
- $250,000 settlement: falldown (premises liability)
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.
- Settlement of $150,000 against Dunkin’ Donuts for leg burns received from hot coffee.
- Jury verdict of $140,000 for neck sprain against Safeco Insurance Company.
- Settlement of $1 million after woman is killed by automobile.
- Settlement against phone company for $675,000 after their employee rear-ends automobile causing head injury.
- Settlement of $500,000 on behalf of woman who suffered neck and back injuries after being struck by drunk driver.
- Settlement against PetCo for $240,000 on behalf of woman who sustained hip injury after falling on dog biscuit located on store floor.
- Settlement of $190,000 against Quassy Amusement Park after a young girl receives neck injury on unsupervised water slide.
- Settlement of $182,500 for a man’s shoulder injury after being rear-ended on a residential road.
- Settlement of $250,000 against a building contractor for injuries man received after falling from ladder that was not properly set up.
- Settlement of $200,000 for injuries man received to his neck and shoulder after his vehicle was struck by a school bus in parking lot.
- Workers Compensation Case settled for $75,000
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.
Our Experience In Handling Complex Cases Includes:
- Tanker explosion. 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 per routine maintenance on the tanker.
- Misread pathology slide. 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.
- Defective bicycle. 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.
- Birth injury. 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.
- Defective machinery. 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.
- Failure to diagnose. 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.
- Defective premises. 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.
- High-risk pregnancy. 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.
- Accounting malpractice. 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.
* Results depend upon the unique facts of each case. We cannot guarantee results such as these in your case.