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Paul Bekman and Wendy Shiff Obtain Plaintiffs’ Verdict in Dutchess County, New York

Following a four-week jury trial, SCBMA Partners Paul D. Bekman and Wendy L. Shiff obtained a verdict on behalf of their clients in a medical malpractice case tried in the Supreme Court of Dutchess County in Poughkeepskie, New York.

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Dutchess Supreme and County Court, Poughkeepskie, New York

Bekman and Shiff represented  a resident of Dutchess County who underwent a cardiac catheterization and stent placement at a Dutchess County Hospital.  Following the procedure, nurses at the hospital failed to recognize that the patient was exhibiting signs and symptoms of a stent re-occlusion and myocardial infarction (heart attack).  No EKG was performed, nor was a physician contacted about the patient for approximately 6 hours.  As a result of the dely, the client sustained significant heart damage necessitating a heart transplant.

The case was tried over four weeks before a six-person civil jury.  The jury deliberated for 2 days before returning a Plaintiffs’ verdict in the amount of $2.2 million.  The verdict is the largest Plaintiffs’ verdict in a medical malpractice case in Dutchess County.