Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP Attorney Obtains Favorable Defense Verdict

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Deborah A. Aviles, a partner at Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP, recently obtained a verdict in favor or her client, a Long Island hospital.

Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP (http://www.lewisjohs.com/profile.asp) is pleased to announce that Deborah A. Aviles (http://www.lewisjohs.com/attorney_detail.asp?aid=6) recently obtained a defendant’s verdict for her client, a Long Island hospital, in a medical malpractice case (index no. 4621/05) in Supreme Court, Suffolk County.

The plaintiff, a 38 year-old man, fell from the roof of a three-story building and suffered severe trauma to his left foot and ankle, namely a severely comminuted intra-articular fracture of the calcaneus. This injury in and of itself has risks associated with it, including compartment syndrome, which is a buildup in pressure in the foot resulting in muscle death. The plaintiff was treated at the defendant hospital by an orthopedist that was on call.

The plaintiff alleged that the doctor and the hospital were negligent in failing to properly monitor, diagnose, and treat compartment syndrome and that the hospital chart was void of serial neurovascular checks, which should have been the standard. Post discharge, the plaintiff experienced chronic wound infections, fusion of the joint, and eventual below the knee amputation roughly two years later. Although the hospital records indicate that there was compartment syndrome after the accident, pathology following the amputation showed no signs of compartment syndrome.

After a three-week trial, the jury found that the plaintiff’s allegations of compartment syndrome were not merited and that the amputation, which was elective, was due to severe chronic pain as a result of the initial trauma, as per defendant’s contention.

Deborah A. Aviles, a partner at Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP, focuses her practice on the supervision and trial of cases in all areas of defense litigation. In addition to handling claims against corporate defendants, her practice also involves the defense of physician and hospital malpractice, municipal and premises liability, construction and environmental litigation.

Aviles is active in a variety of professional associations. She was a founding member, former officer, and Executive Board Member for the Alexander Hamilton Inns of Court for Suffolk County. Aviles is also a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, Supreme Court Committee, the Bench/Bar Committee, and serves as the chair of the Independent Judicial Qualifications Commission for the 10th Judicial District.

Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP (http://www.lewisjohs.com/practice.asp ) is a full service law firm with offices in New York City and Long Island. Founded in 1993, Lewis Johs has grown from four to over fifty five attorneys. From its inception, Lewis Johs has steadily gained a reputation as a skilled and dynamic law firm capable of managing the most complex litigation, trial, transactional, trusts and estates, real estate, property tax certiorari, land use, corporate and appellate work.

Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP (http://www.primerus.com/firms/Lewis_Johs_Avallone_Aviles.htm) is also a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms (http://www.primerus.com/about.htm). Primerus is an international alliance of top-rated, independent, small and mid-sized law firms that have earned the right to display the Primerus seal of quality (http://www.primerus.com/six_pillars.htm). As one of the most respected law firm alliances, Primerus currently has 150 member firms in nearly 110 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, and is expanding around the globe. With over 2,000 lawyers in the alliance, Primerus members, collectively, offer the breadth of expertise and jurisdictional coverage that only the world’s largest law firms can offer to clients.

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