No Legal Cause
Theresa Caccippio and Vanessa Romero-Molina of our Fort Lauderdale office expertly handled an admitted liability case and received a defense verdict where the jury found no legal cause.
Holly Howanitz and Steve Paveglio of our Jacksonville office defended a law firm in a legal malpractice case, where the plaintiff alleged negligence and breach of fiduciary duty regarding administration of an Escrow Agreement. The plaintiff claimed an excess of $650,000 in damages. However, our legal team argued that the plaintiff was not a party or intended beneficiary to the agreement, and the court granted the defendants’ motion for final summary judgment.
Court of Appeal Grants Hospital Petition
Michael D’Lugo, a partner in Wicker Smith’s Orlando office, represented a hospital which admitted a patient through ER who required intensive care. With no ICU beds available, rather than transfer patient, the patient was placed in hallway. After 7 hours, the patient became unresponsive and died. The estate then sued Defendant hospital for outrage, fraud, RICO, and FDUPTA. Trial court denied motion to dismiss finding the claim was for corporate malfeasance, not medical malpractice. The District Court of Appeal then granted the Defendant hospital’s Petition, finding the claim was in fact for medical malpractice, and quashed the order denying the motion to dismiss.