VerdictSearch, an affiliate publication of the New York Law Journal announced on October 10, 2014 its first ever group of honorees for the Verdict and Settlements Medical Malpractice Hall of Fame. The list includes three cases handled by Phil Russotti.
The cases, Diego v. Lin Zhu, LLC, Galindo v. Westchester County HealthCorp, and Alvarez v. Sherman are 3 of 25 medical malpractice verdicts and settlements included in this year’s Hall of Fame group. The selected cases were the 25 largest malpractice settlements and verdicts in New York over the past five years as determined by VerdictSearch and the New York Law Journal.
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin LLP, was one of only 17 law firms statewide that were recognized. Senior partner, Phil Russotti and only one other attorney in the state lead all attorneys with 3 of their cases included in the Hall of Fame.
Diego V. Lin Zhu was settled for $10,700,000.00 after plaintiff suffered a severe head injury do to a fall at work. Plaintiff did not receive a timely CT scan and suffered a stroke, causing her to remain in a wheelchair. Galindo v. WCHC which settled for $10,200,000.00 concerned an infant was not treated properly for symptoms of herpes, causing brain damage that could have been avoided with timely diagnosis and proper medication. Alvarez v. Sherman was settled for $10,000,000.00, a case where a doctor ignored fetal distress and the baby was ultimately born with brain damage.
A dinner was held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the University Club of New York to honor the chosen attorneys and firms. The WRSH firm attended where Phil Russotti, accepted the three awards for his work on the selected cases in front of peers and other honorees.