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Carol Lynn Schlitt
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Carol Schlitt’s Legal Cases

8 total

  • $560,000 for Slip and Fall on Staircase in the Bronx

    Practice Area:
    Slip and Fall Accident
    Outcome:
    Settled for $560,000
    Description:
    A 13 year-old girl tripped and fell on the staircase of her Bronx apartment building because of a long-standing broken step. She fractured her tibia and fifth metatarsal. The defendant landlord refused to negotiate a settlement, so we took this case to trial. The jury deliberated for one hour before returning a verdict holding the defendant solely responsible for the incident and awarding the girl a total of $560,000 for past and future pain and suffering.
  • $1.25 Million for Wrongful Death in Long Island Car Accident

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Outcome:
    Settled for $1.25 million
    Description:
    A Long Island man drove home from a doctor’s appointment on Route 25A but never reached his destination. A car heading in the opposite direction crossed the double yellow line and struck his car head on, instantly killing the man. The tragedy left behind his widow and two daughters. The family asked our firm to represent them and we settled the case for $1.25 million. Wrongful death cases represent the saddest cases that we handle and require both great sensitivity for the surviving family members and steely purpose to represent the family and the name of the deceased. In this case, the other driver survived the crash and blamed my client’s husband who could no longer speak for himself. And the other driver’s insurance company took a hard line in an effort to avoid and then delay payment. We conducted a rigorous investigation, working closely with the Suffolk County Police, to unearth the facts of the case and then aggressively pushed the insurance company until they agreed to pay the full policy, including an excess coverage policy.
  • $975,000 Settlement for Passenger in a Car Accident in the Bronx

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Outcome:
    Trial Verdict of $975,000
    Description:
    Our client was injured when the car in which he rode crashed into a dumpster left in the street. He suffered a fracture of his both fibulas, his left ankle and his left humerus, each of which required surgery. The driver of the car admitted liability for his role in the accident, though the dumpster owner denied all responsibility. That defendant filed for summary judgment and appealed that matter to the New York State Court of Appeals, an appeal that Carol L. Schlitt argued and won. At the trial, the attorney for the dumpster company tried to place all the blame on the driver of the car, but we used a combination of testimony, evidence, research into New York City Highway and Transportation regulations and a strong opening and closing argument to prove the dumpster company liable. A jury agreed with Ms. Schlitt and held the dumpster company responsible for 75 percent of the liability, making them primarily responsible for the accident. With the verdict on liability made by the jury, Ms. Schlitt separately negotiated a settlement for damages of $975,000.
  • Medical Malpractice Settlement for Wrongful Death in a Nursing Home

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Outcome:
    Settled for $625,000
    Description:
    A 60 year-old retired homemaker entered the hospital for a hernia repair and small bowel resection due to abdominal pain. She suffered a stroke during the surgery and her condition required the insertion of a tracheotomy tube in her throat to make breathing possible. She was then transferred to a nursing home in Queens. The nursing home departed from reasonable and customary care by failing to insert properly a tracheotomy tube in the patient and by failing to monitor her condition. Those departures led to the patient’s death, a fact documented by the autopsy prepared by the New York City Medical Examiner, which found that dislodgement of the tracheotomy tube as the primary cause of death.
  • Medical Malpractice Settlement for Failure to Diagnose in Nassau County

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Outcome:
    Settled at Trial for $970,000
    Description:
    A fifty year-old man went to his internist seeking assistance in losing weight. The internist put him on phentermine, a weight loss drug to be used for no more than eight weeks. The physician kept the patient on the drug for two years and failed to monitor his cardiac, circulatory or pulmonary functions despite warnings that this drug could affect those functions. The patient grew ill due to pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular heart failure and returned to see his physician. The covering physician failed to order even basic tests and failed to detect these life-threatening disorders. As a result, the patient’s condition worsened until taken to the hospital where he suffered complete pulmonary failure and nearly died. Under the treatment of new physicians, the patient has recovered. The defense in the medical malpractice case tried to blame the patient and the matter went to trial. Ms. Schlitt built her case against both doctors, demonstrating that basic tests and examinations would have detected and prevented the patient’s near fatal condition. The defense opted to settle before jury deliberations. The defending physicians paid a combined $970,000.
  • $800,000 Verdict for Car Accident Victim in the Bronx

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Outcome:
    Verdict at Trial for $800,000
    Description:
    On a bright sunny day, a Ford van heading south on the Bronx River Parkway collided with a construction truck, careened across three lanes and struck a passenger van in the right hand lane. Ms. Schlitt’s client – a passenger in the second van – suffered significant injuries to his back and neck. Ms. Schlitt proved that both the driver of the Ford Van that struck the passenger van and the construction company bore responsibility for the accident. The jury verdict awarded the client $800,000.
  • $4.9 Million for Nurse Assault on the Job

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Sep 09, 2013
    Outcome:
    $4.9 Million Verdict
    Description:
    Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Randy Sue Marber granted a $4.9 million award to a Nassau County nurse, Marie Sweeney, for the damages she suffered as a result of a vicious and violent attack upon her by a patient. The court found the defendant, Donte Oakes, liable for his assault on Nurse Sweeney while working as a nurse in the psychiatric ward at Franklin General Hospital. The case – Marie Sweeney v Donte Oakes – (Index number 601010/2011) had been filed on Ms. Sweeney’s behalf by the Schlitt Law Firm. “This victory holds this man accountable for the way he altered my life,” Ms. Sweeney said after hearing the court’s verdict. “It is important to hold this criminal responsible on behalf of all nurses as we endure an increasing number of attacks at the hands of the very patients we are dedicated to serving. Nurses deserve protection.” Ms. Sweeney testified about her attack. The patient had broken off the wooden leg of a chair in his room and carried that wooden club into a common area where Ms. Sweeney was working with a group of patients. He then attacked her, beating her over the head, face and neck until other staff could restrain him. The judge’s ruling found that Ms. Sweeney suffered multiple broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, extensive nerve damage and blindness in her left eye. The award compensates Ms. Sweeney for past and future pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses. Ms. Sweeney’s attorney, Carol L. Schlitt said that Mr. Oakes was previously convicted of the assault on Ms. Sweeney and is serving an eleven year sentence in Dannemora. “The verdict today holds him financially responsible for the damages he caused Ms. Sweeney.” Attorney Schlitt, noted that Mr. Oakes is indigent so Ms. Sweeney is unlikely to ever see any payment from him. “This is not about the money,” said Ms. Sweeney, “it acknowledges the losses I have suffered.” Asked why she pursued a case against a man who could not pay compensation, Ms. Sweeney said, “He robbed me of so much of my life, I wanted a court to publically hold him accountable for what he did. I wanted to stand up for myself and all nurses. And if he ever comes into money, if he wins lottery or inherits money, I want him to have to pay for what he did.” Attorney Carol L. Schlitt explained that it was important to present the case of the assault on Ms. Sweeney to the court. “We needed to tell her story, the story of her attack and the damages Marie suffered. Telling that story is part of Marie’s healing.” Ms. Schlitt said, “The size of the award acknowledges the sacrifice that Ms. Sweeney made in her dedication to her patients. This is $4.9 million of justice.”
  • Slip on Ice In Parking Lot

    Practice Area:
    Slip and Fall Accident
    Date:
    Dec 04, 2014
    Outcome:
    $90,000 settlement
    Description:
    A woman slipped on ice in the parking lot of a big box store on Long Island injuring her elbow. There were three defendants: the property owner, the store and the snow removal company; each claiming the other had liability. We filed a lawsuit to force the issue and in the midst of depositions, the defendants agreed to a settlement with all three parties contributing to an award of $90,000 for a very happy client.