Over the years, Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP has been involved in numerous significant medical malpractice, mass tort, personal injury and product liability cases. Below are some of our most recent achievements, click a link to read more about the case and how we were able to help:
$268 Million Settlement - Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Litigation
Our firm helped lead the litigation while our firm represented hundreds of those affected by the defective leads.
$195 Million Settlement - Guidant Cardiac Defibrillator Litigation
The firm represented hundred of clients with defective internal cardiac defibrillators and helped successfully negotiate a settlement on their behalf
$118 Million Settlement - Medtronic Cardiac Defibrillator Litigation
As part of the Plaintiff's Steering Committee a firm attorney successfully won compensation for thousand implated with recalled defibrillators.
$21 Million Verdict- Lead Poisoning
We recently tried and won a case on behalf of three young siblings who ingested lead-based paint from their apartment, resulting in residual diminishment of his or her cognitive functions.
$20 Million Verdict - Bronx Trial
A Bronx Jury awarded $20,000,000.00 to our client, a 10 year old girl dropped down stairs out of her stroller by a security guard in the building where she lived with her mother.
$11 Million Lead Poisoning Verdict
A Brooklyn Jury awarded our client, a 19 year old man, $11,000,000.00 for injuries sustained as a result of lead poisoning he sustained when he was an infant. Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP, Partner Thomas Giuffra, was trial counsel for the family and obtained the verdict after a lengthy trial.
$9 Million Verdict Motor Vehicle Accident Case
Tom Giuffra successfully tried a motor vehicle accident case with a jury bringing back $9 Million in damages in June of 2012.
$9 Million Verdict - Defective Design of a Heavy Truck
The firm represented a young widow from Arizona on behalf of her husband who was unable to escape his burning Freightliner truck.
$7.5 Million Record Settlement - Brain Damaged Infant
Mr. Valet recently settled a medical malpractice case involving an infant whose breathing tube became clogged with mucous, cutting off her oxygen supply.
$6.47 Million Verdict - Failure to Diagnose Lymphoma
We tried to verdict a medical malpractice case involving the failure of three chiropractors and physicians to diagnose...
$6.1 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case - Hepatitis Infection
Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra partner Thomas P. Giuffra won a $6.1 million dollar verdict on Friday April 4, 2014, in a medical malpractice case in New York County. No settlement offers were made prior to the verdict.
$4.3 Million Total Verdict- Defective Tire Case
After winning a successful appeal, our firm tried and won a case on behalf of three passengers riding in a car with a defective tire.
$4.194 Million Verdict- Delayed Cancer Diagnosis- Wrongful Death
We recently tried and won a case on behalf of a man's wife. Her husband passed away after a delayed diagnosis of cancer which should have been interpreted from an X-Ray.
$4.1 Million Settlement - Negligent Management of Pregnancy
Tom Valet settled a medical malpractice case on the eve of trial involving the premature birth of our client's child.
$3.25 Million Verdict - Failure to Treat MRSA
Our firm represented a woman who was diagnosed with an MRSA infection but was not treated for months.
$2.8 Million Verdict - Negligent Removal of Kidney
We recently tried to verdict the case of a 46 year old woman who underwent laparoscopy for the removal of uterine fibroids.
$2.25 Million Verdict- Ear, Nose, Throat Surgical Error
We recently tried and won a case on behalf of a man who experienced a loss of vision in his right eye after undergoing a biopsy in his nasal sinuses.
$2.032 Million Verdict- Construction Site Accident
We recently tried and won a case for a man on a labor crew who sustained ankle, elbow, wrist, and head injuries when he fell twelve feet from a construction site's temporary walkway.
$2 Million Verdict - Construction Accident
We recently tried and won a case on behalf of a man on a labor crew who was struck by a saw and sustained an injury to his right thigh.
$2 Million Verdict- Nursing Home Wrongful Death
We recently tried and won a case on behalfof the estate of a man who succumbed to pneumonia due to uncontrolled hypertension, inadequate medication, and negligent supervision from his nursing home.
$1.975 Million Verdict- Lead Poisoning
We recently tried and won a case for three young siblings who were exposed to lead paint in their apartment building, and suffered from lead poisoning.
$1.74 Million Verdict- Workplace Accident
We recently tried and won a case for a building superintendent who suffered from amputated fingers from an improperly manufactured snow blower.
$1.7 Million Verdict- Delayed Treatment Malpractice
We recently tried and won a case on behalf of a woman who experienced loss of vision in her left eye after a cataract surgery resulted in a migrating artificial lens that decomposed and went untreated by a specialist.
$1.6 Million Verdict- Lead Poisoning
We recently tried and won a case on behalf of two young siblings, both of whom experienced exposure to lead, causing residual permanent brain damages.
$1.6 Million Verdict- Scaffolding Slip and Fall
We recently tried and won a case for a man working on a construction site who slipped down a scaffolding ladder head first.
- $1.5 Million Verdict – Coney Island Cyclone Injury Victim
$1.5 Million Verdict- Failure to Diagnose- Ovarian Cancer
We recently tried and won a case for a woman whose cancer diagnosis was delayed for almost two years, allowing it to grow unchecked from easily-cured stage I to terminal stage IV.
$1.5 Million Verdict- Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer
We recently tried and won a case for a woman who presented lung cancer for five years before it was diagnosed.
$1.5 Million Settlement - Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis
In this medical malpractice case, the evidence of malpractice we developed was so overwhelming that the defendants felt they had no choice but to settle.
$1.258 Million Verdict- Struck Pedestrian
We recently tried and won a case for a man who was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street near a poorly lit shopping center.
$1.08 Million Verdict- Birth Defect Due to Hospital Negligence
We recently tried and won a case for a premature infant who suffered from an infiltration when hospital employees failed to properly monitor her IV line.
$1 Million Verdict- Lead Poisoning
We recently tried and won a case for an infant who was exposed to lead and resulted in lead poisoning in both of the apartment buildings he resided in.
$1 Million Verdict - RSD Pain Syndrome
We recently tried and won a case on behalf of a woman who experienced Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).
$800,000 Verdict- Failure to Diagnose Cancer, Prisoner Suit
We recently tried and won a case for a man whose throat cancer diagnosis went untreated while he was assigned to a correctional facility.
$750,000 Settlement - Negligent Surgery Wrongful Death
Tom Valet recently settled a case in the middle of trial for the widow of a man who died after undergoing open heart surgery.
$745,000 Verdict- Rape Victim
We recently tried and won a case on behalf of a young girl who was abducted and raped by a serial rapist while entering her building with a group of people due to a broken building intercom.
$550,000 Settlement - Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
Perhaps the most common malpractice case we see involves failure to diagnose breast cancer on mammogram films.
$500,000 Verdict- Escalator Slip and Fall
We recently tried and won a case for a woman who broke four toes on her left foot when it became stuck in a step on an improperly maintained escalator.
$350,000 Settlement - Failure to Diagnose Scoliosis
This case involved a 14 year old girl who went for regular visits to her pediatrician.
$350,000 Settlement for a Trip and Fall Accident
We represented a 68 year old woman who tripped over a broken sidewalk and broke her hip.
600 Plaintiff Settlement - Fleet Oral Sodium Phosphate Litigation
As Co-Lead Counsel a firm attorney helped bring compensation for hundred injureds by this recalled over the counter drug.
Confidential Settlement - Surgical Sponge Left Inside Patient
Tom Valet settled a case where our client underwent open heart surgery for a cardiac bypass procedure.
Confidential Settlement - Dystocia Case
Tom Valet settled a malpractice lawsuit arising out of an improper technique to relieve shoulder dystocia for a confidential amount.
- Confidential Settlement - Ephedra Wrongful Death
Confidential Settlement - Loss of Testicles in a 10 Year Old Boy
Our firm represented a boy who's doctor's failed to diagnose him with undecended testicles which caused him to become sterile.
- Confidential Settlement - Defective Nissan Air Bag
- Confidential Settlement - Defective Nissan Air Bag
Confidential Settlement - Defective Chevy Blazer Seat Belt
The plaintiff was rendered paraplegic during an accident involving the Chevy Blazer in which he was riding as a rear seat passenger.
Successful Appeal - Defective Tire Case
On appeal we successfully overturned a decision that would have prevented our clients from having the jury trial they deserve.
Confidential Settlement - Defective Design of a Heavy Truck
The firm represented the family of a long-haul trucker from North Carolina who died of severe burn injuries after he was involved in an accident.
Mass tort cases
Also, recently Founding Partner Paul Rheingold and David Rheingold have been involved in settling groups of our cases involving Vioxx, Baycol, diet drugs (fen-phen, Redux), and ephedra.
- In Atlanta, on the eve of trial, we recently settled a case of a woman who died from PPH (primary pulmonary hypertension), due to use of Redux. While the amount is confidential, we believe it to be one of the largest sums ever paid for this injury.
- We have also recently settled many mass tort cases involving ephedra and PPA (phenylpropanolamine).
- Baycol, anticholesterol drug recalled in August 2001.
- Vioxx- our firm was deeply engaged in the Vioxx (rofecoxib) litigation.
- Tequin Diabetes - We resolved several suits for persons who developed a sudden form of diabetes while taking the antibiotic Tequin (gatifloxacin), sold by Bristol-Meyers Squibb.
- Medtronic - On August 1, 2008 the court approved the disbursement of 40% of settlement funds to injured claimants further ordering that no attorneys fees be deducted from this amount. We are happy that our clients will begin to receive money they so rightly deserve.
- Bextra Litigation We have settled cases on behalf of clients who have been injured by Bextra (valdecoxib). This was the pain reliever made by Pfizer which was forced off the market by the FDA in October 2005. The litigation was much like the Vioxx litigation. Unlike the Vioxx settlements, which were being processed through a formal administrative process, Bextra cases were settled through a more informal process using a special master. Interestingly, Pfizer spent much time fighting the litigation even though "the writing was on the wall" that a settlement would eventually occur. Paul Rheingold from our firm was part of the unrelenting fight against Pfizer. He was a steering committee member in New York State propelling the litigation against Pfizer. Many suits were filed in NY as Pfizer has its corporate headquarters here. The New York litigation was essential in a two-pronged attack against Pfizer, the other attack being in federal court. Injuries included: heart attacks, strokes, and Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a serious skin disorder. The Stevens Johnson Syndrome injury (SJS) was attributed to the sulfa molecule in the Bextra formula, and presented a special risk to anyone who had a previous sensitivity to sulfa medication. SJS can produce horrible injuries to the body. One of our clients had many areas of her body, including her eyes, permanently damaged.
- Defective Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators and Pacemakers
- Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators are devices placed in the body intended to prevent cardiac arrest from a severe irregular heart beat. A wire (lead) is attached to the heart and is connected to a miniature computer that contains its own power source that is placed under the skin usually in the area in the upper chest. The device monitors the heart beat and is intended to react to it's changes. The built-in pacemaker replaces the hearts normal pacing system and restores normal heart rhythm. In some situations the device will deliver an electrical shock to the heart to either restart or reset the heart rate.
- On June 17, 2005, Guidant announced they were recalling 46,000 of their implantable defibrillators. They advised that a tiny switch inside the device was prone to malfunction and would prevent the device from providing the electrical pulse needed for proper pacing. Guidant had been the focus of multiple news stories, as well as FDA and Justice Department scrutiny as a result of its actions involving the manufacture, sale and marketing of these devices. After the initial recall, Guidant announced additional recalls covering another 75,000 devices including its Insignia brand of Pacemakers.
- We are extremely pleased that the Guidant litigation settled after a push in court by the plaintiffs. A firm attorney was selected from an elite group of attorneys to represent the claims for all injured claimants, not just ones from our firm. Guidant sought to have the litigation dismissed by being protected under FDA loopholes. However, they finally decided to settle cases after extensive discovery conclusively revealed defects with their devices.
- Guidant Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Litigation: The federal judge overseeing this mass tort appointed RVRM partner to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee and he was part of the trial and negotiating team which achieved a $250 million global settlement of the litigation.
- Medtronic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Litigation: Appointed to the Plaintiff Steering Committee and other leadership roles in this mass tort, RVRM partner participated in the $118 million global settlement of the litigation.
*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome