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NYC Chiari Malformation Medical Malpractice Verdict

Chiari Malformation Medical Malpractice Verdict - Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm

New York Medical Malpractice Attorney Jonathan C. Reiter wins a unanimous verdict of $5 Million in Chiari malformation medical malpractice case.

Queens, New York / May 8, 2019 / — On April 8, 2019 a jury in Queens County New York rendered a unanimous verdict for $5 million in favor of a plaintiff against two radiologists whom plaintiff alleged had failed to report an abnormality on two successive MRI scans of the brain, the first in September 2013 and the second a year later in September 2014. Plaintiff alleged and the jury found that both radiologists had failed to report that her cerebellar tonsils were “low lying”, meaning that the base of the brain was protruding excessively into the foramen magnum, which is the opening at the base of the skull through which the brain communicates with the spinal cord. When this occurs, it can cause a variety of symptoms including severe headaches, dizziness and muscle weakness and is referred to as symptomatic Chiari syndrome (Chiari type 1 malformation).  The patient was ultimately diagnosed with Chiari syndrome in 2015 and underwent multiple surgeries to correct the condition, with limited success. It was alleged, and the jury found that the delay in diagnosis caused by the malpractice of both radiologists was a substantial factor in causing harm to the patient and that she suffered pain, suffering and permanent injuries. Plaintiff had been a special education teacher at the time of the malpractice but had become disabled by the time she was ultimately diagnosed and treated for Chiari malformation. The jury awarded $2 million in past damages, and $3 million in future damages. The plaintiff was represented by attorney Jonathan C. Reiter, of the Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC, located in the Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118. The trial was presided over by Hon. Kevin J. Kerrigan, Justice of the Supreme Court

About NYC Medical Malpractice Attorney Jonathan C. Reiter

Located in Manhattan and serving families throughout New York, Attorney Jonathan C. Reiter and his team of talented attorneys, nurses and investigators have handled a wide range of major medical malpractice cases.  New York Medical Malpractice Attorney Jonathan C. Reiter is renowned for his work on international airline accidents and has a proven track record of success with complicated medical malpractice cases.

About Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm in New York

The New York City personal injury law firm Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC has assembled a formidable team of experienced attorneys and legal professionals. Together, they have become one of the most accomplished law firms in the metropolitan New York City area. The firm’s attorneys have recovered more than $250 million in settlements and verdicts for clients in the United States and worldwide. Their offices are conveniently located in Manhattan and a second office in the Bronx.

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Prior results cannot and do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future case. Recoveries always depend upon the facts and circumstances of each case, the injuries suffered, damages incurred, and the responsibility of those involved.


  1. Queens County Supreme Court Index Number 0702512/2016

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