February 2014 Jury Verdict Update

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An Erie County Supreme Court jury, the Honorable John Curran presiding, awarded Donald and Katherine Schultz in excess of $8,000,000.00.  After a month long trial, together with past medical expenses, the total verdict was in the amount of $9,173,925.51.

Mr. Schultz had suffered a simple ankle fracture and was treated by Dr. Andrew Stoeckl and Dr. Michael Parentis.  Both doctors were sued for medical malpractice.  The jury found Dr. Stoeckl not liable but found Dr. Parentis responsible.  As a result of the negligent treatment, Mr. Schultz’s leg was ultimately amputated below the knee and then above the knee.  Dr. Parentis had performed 12 surgeries on Mr. Schultz, including amputation of his toes before amputating his leg below the knee.

Mr. and Mrs. Schultz were represented by Jeffrey A. Black, Esq. of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP, in Olean, New York.  It was Mr. Black’s fourth verdict in excess of $1 Million and Mr. Black now has jury verdicts in excess of approximately $35,000,000.00.

Black, Lyle & Habberfield LLP (formerly “Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP”) are thrilled for our clients who have suffered enormously from the loss.  Mr. Black is also very grateful for a truly remarkable jury which endured an arctic blast that had closed much of Buffalo during the trial.  Not one juror failed to appear for every day of Court.  A testament to the value these good citizens placed on our 7th amendment right to a jury trial and their duty as Americans.