Eltingville woman now walks with Cane
Advanced supreme Court Bureau.
An Ellingville mother who claimed she suffered neurological damage to her legs because an orthopedic surgeon failed to diagnose a herniated disc was awarded $3.1 million dollars in damages by a Brooklyn Supreme Court.
The jury deliberated for two days before arriving at a verdict to end the week-long trial.
Justice Jules L. Spodek gave the attorney for the defendant, Dr. Urs of Concord, 15 days to file motions to set aside the verdict and award in the medical malpractice case.
The plaintiff Patricia Calise, 38, requires a cane to walk.
According to her lawyer Daniel C. Minc of Manhattan, the jury found that Dr. Urs was guilty of malpractice in failing to provide prompt, appropriate care, in addition to failing to diagnose the condition.
As a result of Mrs Calise was not operated on until 11 months after she suffered a back injury. Another surgeon had made the diagnosis. The surgery at the time was unsuccessful, and she subsequently had to undergo two additional surgical procedures.
Dr. Urs, represented by Jeffrey Cohen, maintained he had followed standard medical procedures in treating Mrs. Calise.
Mrs. Calise was 27 years of age when she sustained the injury on July 19, 1981 in Brooklyn.
She was seated in a parked car, waiting for a husband to return from purchasing a newspaper at a newsstand when a thief jumped into the car and started to drive off with her in the vehicle. She fled from the car to escape. Minc said the thief was never arrested. Prior to the trial, another defendant, St. Vincent's medical Center, settled the complaint against the $20,000.
|$15 Million - Jury Award Against Hospital|
|$15 Million - Neurosurgical Brain Injury|
|$7.75 Million - Pediatric Intensive Care Unit|
|$5.5 Million - Injured Child|
|$5.5 Million - Blinded Woman|
|$5.4 Million - Construction Burn Victim|
|$5.45 Million - Injured Child|
|$5 Million - Eye Surgery|
|$4.5 Million - Failure to Perform C-Section|
|$4.5 Million - Personal Injury Settlement|
|$3.8 Million - Electrician|
|$3.5 Million - Faulty Freight Elevator Fall|
|$3.28 Million - Eye Surgery Case|
|$3.1 Million - Verdict Returned by NY Jury|
|$3.1 Million - Awarded by Brooklyn Jurors|
|$3 Million - Hot Water Burn Death|
|$2.1 Million - Injured Worker|
|$2 Million - Delay in Delivery|
|$2 Million - Verdict against Hospital|
|$1.75 Million - Diagnosing Prostate Cancer|
|$1.5 Million - Prostate Procedure Malpractice|
|$1.5 Million - Delay in Treatment - Nerve Damage|
|$1.4 Million dollar settlement in Action Over Explosion|
|$1.26 Million - Disabled Vehicle's Driver Hit|
|$1.15 Million To Slip-and-Fall Victim awarded by Jury|
|$1.1 Million Cancer Misdiagnosis Case|
|$1 Million - Verdict For Failed Diagnosis|
|$950,000 - Failure to Diagnose Sepsis|
|$837,500 - Delay in Brain Surgery|
|$825,000 - Queens Jury Awards Shopper|
|$813,000 - Jury Award vs. Port Authority|
|$800,000 - Failure to Inform|
|$550,000 - Failure of Neurologist to refer|
|$550,000 - Failure to Refer a Patient|
|$544,000 - Golf Cart Injury with Pothole|