The Turkewitz Law Firm

New York Personal Injury Attorney ♦ Medical Malpractice ♦ Trial Lawyer

Serving Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Rockland, Dutchess, Westchester, Nassau & Suffolk Counties
Eric Turkewitz
228 E. 45 St., 17th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 983-5900

Cases of Note

The Turkewitz Law Firm has won a multitude of New York personal injury cases over the years, some of which have appeared in the New York Law Journal, popular press and publications that track jury verdicts and settlements.

The cases are listed here so that potential clients can see examples of cases we have handled regarding car accidents and collisions, medical malpractice, slips and falls and other types of incidents. Since no two cases are exactly the same, of course, they should not be read as predictors as to what may happen in any other case.

  • $7M settlement for woman brain damaged during childbirth, who subsequently died.
  • $3.45M for a 76 year old Brooklyn man went to a Manhattan hospital in 2006 for hip replacement surgery. In the recovery room he had unexplained pain and then lapsed into a coma.
  • $1.3M verdict from structural collapse of metal grate causing broken wrist and badly broken ankle. This premises liability matter was the subject of two trials in federal court (2010 and 2012) and an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (2013).
  • $1.475M Jury verdict for Bronx woman in car accident, fractured hip and pelvis and herniated disc. Verdict in 2008.
  • $1.87M for a Brooklyn woman who suffered nerve injury to right arm during liposuction and then a stroke after she hemorrhaged. This medical malpractice case was featured in the New York Law Journal in 2002.
  • $2.5M award for breach of partnership agreement regarding a New York law firm. This appeared on the front page of the New York Law Journal in 1999.
  • $1.49M medical malpractice recovery for a 65 year old New York man who underwent by-pass surgery for his left leg due to vascular insufficiency, and had his right leg amputated.
  • $3.07M birth injury settlement for Erbís Palsy to a Brooklyn child. Permanent injury to the brachial plexus nerves. This is a multi-year payout with a present value of $1.0M. Settled after jury selection, in 2006.
  • $2.2M for negligent injury to a child’s eye during childbirth, resulting in reduced vision in the eye and forceps marks next to the eye. The $2.2M birth injury recovery in Queens was a structured payout over many years, which had a present value of $750K.
  • $1.2M for a Queens man who had surgery to repair a hernia. The surgeon attempted to use surgical mesh to patch the defect in the abdominal wall. The mesh, however, was inadvertently tacked to his small intestine also. Settled in 2008.
  • $1.295M medical malpractice recovery for negligence in failing to diagnose and treat an impending stroke in a Bronx man, resulting in left-sided weakness and right-sided numbness.
  • $1.015M medical malpractice settlement for a 79-year-old New York woman when a surgical drain was negligently left in the knee after a total knee replacement, resulting in infection, multiple surgeries and fusion of the knee.
  • $750K auto-bus collision recovery for a Staten Island man who suffered herniated discs that required neck surgery, and a broken arm.
  • $575K jury verdict for a 58-year-old Queens man who was hospitalized for cardiac failure and underwent multiple intubations with an endotracheal tube, resulting in damage to his voicebox. The medical malpractice victim was noted courtroom sketch artist John Hart, whose works appeared in museums, and on the pages of numerous national publications and television broadcasts. (Four of his Watergate trial sketches hang in Mr. Turkewitz’s office, and are featured on this site.)
  • $520K settlement for Brooklyn woman disfigured during breast reduction surgery
  • $400K verdict in Suffolk County in 2013 for multi-vehicle collision started by a school bus. Torn rotator cuff, and neck and back soft tissue injuries.
  • $610K jury verdict for an injury to the sciatic nerve from a negligently placed injection in the buttocks of this Brooklyn woman. (This medical malpractice verdict was later reduced by an appellate court to $450K because the verdict was too high.)
  • September 11 Attack - represented two victims (Bronx and Brooklyn) on a pro bono basis, as part of Trial Lawyers Care, the largest volunteer undertaking by attorneys in the history of the country.
  • $400K jury verdict for 24-yearold man who slipped on icy subway stair and fractured ankle (2014)
  • Counterfeit Drugs - Represented Tim Fagan, a victim of counterfeit drugs. See the Counterfeit Drugs Resource Page.
  • $675K for negligence in failing to diagnose colon cancer in a 59 year old Queens man, allowing cancer to progress from Stage 2 to Stage 3 in this medical malpractice victim.
  • $500K recovery for an 80-year-old man knocked to the ground when driver moved car while he was exiting, injuring both hip and shoulder – distracted driving.
  • $400K medical malpractice settlement during jury deliberations for a 25 year old Brooklyn man who suffered an anal stricture due to negligence following a hemorrhoidectomy.
  • $400K jury verdict in a Bronx medical malpractice case for negligence in failing to diagnose and treat appendicitis, resulting in a ruptured appendix, hospitalization and scarring.
  • $625K for negligence in failing to diagnose a slow growing meningioma in the head for this medical malpractice victim in Poughkeepsie.
  • $450K medical malpractice recovery for an 80-year-old New York woman who had a surgical pad negligently left behind after bowel surgery, resulting in infection, ICU care, temporary tracheotomy and severe weakening of an already fragile condition.
  • $400K for chemical burns in the ankle of a Bronx newborn baby from intravenous extravisation resulting from medical malpractice
  • $450K medical malpractice recovery for a 77-year-old New York woman due to a negligent failure to diagnose and treat an infection in the left eye, leading to blindness in the eye.
  • $300K for a 13-year-old Westchester child with an injury to the bowel from back surgery, resulting in short bowel syndrome due to medical malpractice.
  • $400K settlement, mid-trial, for the family of a 56-year-old Queens seamstress who bled to death during surgery when her liver was negligently lacerated (in New York, one can not be compensated for grief, only for monetary loss and pain and suffering). This was a wrongful death case resulting from medical malpractice.
  • $300K settlement during jury deliberations for negligent injury to the facial nerve during middle ear surgery, for this 15 year old medical malpractice Bronx resident.
  • $350K medical malpractice recovery for a Bronx woman who had a bladder injury after a hysterectomy.
  • $125K recovery for New York City singer that suffered hundreds of burns from laser hair removal.
  • $100K for a NYC woman who was injured by a malfunctioning elevator.
  • 1st Amendment Defense ó defense of a Florida man wrongfully accused of defamation. Judgment in our favor, January 12, 2001.
  • $250K for a slip and fall in a Dutchess County restaurant by a 54 year old woman resulting in a torn meniscus and rotator cuff surgery
  • $150K for this Queens woman who suffered a fractured leg after a slip and fall on snow and ice
  • $200K medical malpractice recovery for this New York woman who was misdiagnosed with lymphoma and underwent radiation
  • $160K a Bronx child due to negligence, when a laceration of a tendon in the ring finger of the non-dominant hand was not diagnosed at Jacobi Hospital
  • $150K for delay in diagnosing breast cancer, which deprived this Rockland medical malpractice victim of an opportunity for a lumpectomy.
  • $175K for a surgical sponge negligently left behind after bypass surgery at NYU University Medical Center on a 72 year old New York woman, necessitating surgery to remove it from behind her sternum
  • $100K for a broken scissor blade negligently left in this Bronx patient after a hysterectomy at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, necessitating surgery to remove it
  • $200K medical malpractice recovery for a vesico-vaginal fistula in this Westchester woman after a hysterectomy
  • $240K settlement mid-trial of this medical malpractice case involving a sciatic nerve injury after a negligent injection in the buttocks of this Bronx woman
  • $215K medical malpractice recovery for this Rockland patient who suffered a detached retina, after an anesthesia injection ruptured the globe of her eye prior to cataract surgery
  • $125K for a laparotomy pad that was negligently left behind after a Cesarean section for this Bronx woman at Jacobi Hospital, discovered two years later
  • $150K medical malpractice recovery for retained bone fragments left in this Queen man after a C5-C6 diskectomy at Elmhurst Hospital, necessitating additional surgery
  • $185K for the failure to diagnose an impression fracture in the shoulder in this Brooklyn man, and subsequently undergoing the wrong surgery on his shoulder
  • $110K settlement during trial for a fractured wrist in a New York man suffered in a car accident with a police car
  • $285K settlement for hospital malpractice and doctor error when catheter placed in carotid artery instead of jugular vein, causing wrongful death of 87 year old Westchester man.
  • Sexual assault/molestaton - The firm's cases involving this subject have been handled as "Jane/John Doe" and have not been reported.

Other cases of interest will be discussed at the New York Personal Injury Law Blog.

About These Cases

Throughout this site you will see examples of cases the firm has handled. Since all cases are different, and legal authority may change from year to year, it is important to remember that prior results cannot and do not guarantee or predict similar outcomes with respect to any future matter, including yours, in which any lawyer or law firm may be retained.


Updated: 3/2/2016
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