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Summer 2019 Newsletter
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The first half of 2019 has been incredibly busy and productive at Schulman Blitz, LLP.  We have successfully resolved many cases for our clients, and some of our recent verdicts and settlements are described below.

The attorneys and staff at Schulman Blitz, LLP are grateful for the trust so many of you continue to show in us in the times when you are most in need.  As we have done for over a decade, we
pledge to continue to fight every day to achieve fair compensation for our injured clients, and we are confident that we will continue to be proud of the results that we will achieve in the years to come.

Please enjoy reading about some of our recent results, and some other up-to-the-minute news and highlights.

As the July 4th weekend approaches, we want to wish all of our clients, friends and colleagues a safe, happy and healthy summer!
                                                       
--Fred and Justin
Recent Results

$3 Million Verdict at Trial against Doctor for Botched Hernia Repair Surgery

In 2012, our client discovered that he had an inguinal (groin) hernia after undergoing a CT scan.  His primary care physician referred him to a general surgeon who specializes in hernia repairs.  Our client consulted with the surgeon, and initially elected not to have his hernia surgically repaired as he had no symptoms.  In 2013, our client's hernia became symptomatic and he had a second consultation with the surgeon, at which time he elected to proceed with the surgery.  

In November 2013, the surgeon performed a laparoscopic bilateral inguinal hernia repair surgery on our client.  During this procedure, the surgeon implanted mesh in order to repair the hernias, and affixed tacks to the mesh to secure it in place.

                                           

                                        
                                                                     A laparoscopic hernia repair surgery using tacks to affix the mesh to the abdominal wall.

Typically, a surgeon will use approximately three to five tacks to affix the mesh. However, during our client’s procedure, the defendant-surgeon used approximately twenty-seven tacks.  In addition, we claimed that the defendant-surgeon improperly placed tacks in and around our client’s ilioinguinal nerve, which caused an injury to our client’s lateral femoral cutaneous nerve.  As a result, our client sustained severe and permanent injuries, including left-sided meralgia paresthetica, which is a neurological condition that causes numbness, tingling, and pain in the outer thigh.

                                              

These injuries completely altered the course of our client’s life and his career.  At the time of his surgery, our client was employed as a campus security guard at a local college.  Following the surgery, the physical demands of his job became too much to bear and eventually he had to uproot his entire family and move to another state where he was offered and he accepted a less physically demanding job.          
                                                                                               A ProTack device used in the surgery to repair our client's hernia.  

Schulman Blitz, LLP commenced a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon on behalf of our client.  Over the course of five years of litigation, the defendant-surgeon continuously denied any responsibility and would not consent to any settlement.  As such, the case went to trial before a jury.

After six days of trial, Justin Blitz, Esq. was able to obtain a jury verdict for $3,000,000.

$675,000 Settlement for Woman Injured when Car got Stuck on Raised Pothole

Our client was a passenger in her daughter’s car which was traveling on a street in the Bronx, when suddenly, the undercarriage of the car violently struck a raised manhole cover.

We commenced an action against the City of New York and the contractor who the City retained to perform work on the street. During the course of litigation, we discovered that the City and its contractor were grinding, milling, and resurfacing the roadway where the accident took place.  As part of that work, the City’s contractor was responsible for milling and grinding the roadway and the City would then be responsible for resurfacing the roadway. The City began resurfacing the roadway where the accident took place, but had yet to resurface the portion of the roadway where the vehicle struck the raised manhole cover.  Despite the fact that the roadway was still being repaired, it was open to traffic and there were no "caution" or "warning" signs posted.
 
       

Schulman Blitz, LLP retained an expert engineer and discovered that the City’s contractor failed to adequately install and construct a temporary slope around the raised manhole cover, thereby exposing a dangerous condition on the roadway and causing the accident.

                                              

As a result, our client suffered multiple permanent injuries to her cervical and lumbar spine, which required her to undergo surgery and have a spinal stimulator permanently implanted in her body.

                                            

Shortly before the trial was scheduled to begin, Justin Blitz, Esq. settled our client’s case for $675,000.
$457,500 Settlement for driver rear ended by Truck

                       

Our client was driving to work on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx. As he was driving, a large box truck suddenly rear-ended his vehicle. The truck was traveling over 55 miles per hour at the time of the impact.

As a result of the collision, our client sustained severe injuries and was required to undergo multiple surgeries, including two lumbar spinal surgeries, a cervical spine surgery, and left shoulder arthroscopic surgery.

Schulman Blitz, LLP commenced an action against the driver and owner of the truck that rear-ended our client.  We deposed the defendant-driver who admitted that he took his eyes off the road before rear-ending our client’s vehicle.  At the close of discovery, Justin Blitz, Esq. settled the case for $457,500.
Recent News
Schulman Blitz, LLP has moved to a new location

Schulman Blitz, LLP has a new home!
We are excited to announce that as of May 16, 2019,
we have relocated our office to:

1359 Broadway, Suite 820, New York, NY 10018 

Our email addresses, phone and fax numbers remain the same. 

We are thrilled with our new home and we can't wait for all of our clients, friends and colleagues to come by and see our new beautiful office!
Schulman Blitz, LLP gives back to the community

Schulman Blitz, LLP is proud to sponsor the Stacks Bundle Stop The Violence Basketball Tournament
 

 
This yearly tournament is held in Far Rockaway, Queens in memory of Rayquan Elliot, the son of one of our clients who was a rising rap star when he tragically perished due to inner city gun violence.  We are honored to support this worthwhile cause.
  
Schulman Blitz, LLP Attorneys recognized by their peers

We congratulate Fred Schulman, Esq. who has been selected for the seventh consecutive year to the list of Super Lawyers, and for the fourth consecutive year to the list of Top 100 Metro New York Super Lawyers. Fred Schulman's Super Lawyers profile can be viewed here.



 
We also congratulate Justin Blitz, Esq. who was selected to the list of Super Lawyers for the third year in a row after being named as a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for three consecutive years.  Justin Blitz's Super Lawyers profile can be viewed here.

                          

In addition, we congratulate Mr. Blitz for being selected as a member to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. and also selected as a menber of America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorney.

 
Justin Blitz continues his renowned lecture series

On June 6, 2019 Justin Blitz gave lecture that can now be viewed live on the web for CLE credit titled Skills for Effective Openings: Tips and Helpful Hints.  The lecture debuted at a 97% approval ratings with rave reviews.  
 


Justin Blitz, Esq.'s legal lectures have been viewed by over 20,000 attorneys throughout the country and provide attorneys with mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) credit.  To view lectures from Mr. Blitz, please click here.  
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