In an action for medical malpractice and wrongful death, the plaintiff-decedent was a 31 year old woman with a psychiatric history of schizophrenia who died during an in-patient hospitalization. It was alleged that CG&P’s client, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, was negligent in failing to order adequate psychotropic medications and in failing to order one-to-one supervision based on the plaintiff-decedent’s risk for harming herself; and that these interventions would have prevented the plaintiff-decedent’s death. CG&P submitted affidavits from an expert Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and an Expert Forensic Pathologist in support of a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the Complaint. The Court found that the expert Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner established that CG&P’s client appropriately evaluated and treated the plaintiff decedent; and that the expert Forensic Pathologist established that the plaintiff-decedent died as a consequence of events that were unrelated to the care provided by CG&P’s client. The case was handled by CG&P partner Michele R. Levin.
On April 15, 2014, Judge Karen Murphy granted CG&P's pre-answer motion to dismiss a subrogation claim against a scaffolding company for negligence on the grounds that it was barred by the statute of limitations. Judge Murphy agreed with CG&P's arguments that a cause of action for negligence is always governed by a three-year statute of limitations, regardless of whether the negligence action is brought by a subrogee. Judge Murphy futher agreed with CG&P's argument that in construction law cases a cause of action accrues on the date the alleged negligence occurs and the date is not tolled by the continuation of the construction. The case was handled by CG&P Associate William Schleifer.
Catalano Gallardo & Petropoulos, LLP is pleased to announce that James Connors has been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.