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David R. Cohen, Esq. – Founder
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.
Decades of legal advocacy for consumers in obtaining nursing home negligence settlements and litigation for those harmed by Corporate Abuse Committed by the Nursing Home Industry.
Litigation Support and Consultation for attorneys litigating against the Long Term Care Industry. Register for one of Cohen’s Continuing Legal Education Programs on Nursing Home Litigation – 93 minutes.
Specialized Client Representation and Attorney Instruction:
Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Claims
Elder Abuse and Assisted Living Facility Litigation
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Past Chair of Public Education, Mercer County Bar Association
Past Chair of the National Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice
Past National Chair, American Association for Justice – Sections and Litigation Group Coordination Committee
Chair of over 35 National and State level instructional attorney seminars on Hursing Home Litigation through the American Association for Justice, The New Jersey Association for Justice, The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education – and others.
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, 1989
B.A., Economics and Philosophy; George Washington University, 1986
Co-counsel on trial team generating the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey history, Dwyer v. Harborview – in the amount of $13.2 million dollars.
After hearing 7 weeks of evidence and witnesses, which included in the trial record photographs of stage IV pressure ulcers (bedsores), evidence of lethal levels of nutritional deprivation, plaintiff’s contentions of falsifications in the medical record and plaintiff’s contentions of inadequate staffing and care, the jury returned with the largest verdict in Hudon County history. Immediately following the verdict, numerous post-verdict filings were made by both the plaintiff and the defense. Over one year after the verdict, the trial judge determined that it had given improper instructions to the jury, as a consequence of the opinions expressed in the test of an unrelated decision released on a different case (that had not been released until nearly a year after this verdict). However, the content of the instructions at issue in Dwyer were agreed upon by Plaintiff, the defense and the Court itself. The Court ordered the parties to re-try the case. However, the case found its way before the Appellate Division (a higher-level court), with Plaintiff’s contention that the trial court’s instructions were proper, were wholly in line with the as-yet unreleased and unrelated decision and were unassailable by virtue of the fact that they were acceded to by the defense.
For those reasons, Plaintiff’s filing with the Appellate Division demanded that the $13,200,000 verdict remain intact. While that issue was pending in the appellate court, the case resolved confidentially for an undisclosed sum.
The verdict was the subject of an intense two-day attorney instructional seminar in Washington, DC, co-chaired by Cohen, numerous local and national articles, received coverage on the front page of the New Your Times and remains the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey history.
INVESTIGATION WITH U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Worded directly with the United States Department of Justice on the Matter of United States v. Mercer County. This is the only CRIPA (Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons) claim ever brought by the United States Government against a New Jersey Nursing Home. Cohen worked closely with both investigators and the U.S. Attorney’s Office – on a confidential basis prior to release of findings – in uncovering sub-standard conditions at a facility known then as the Mercer County Geriatric Center. The coordinated effort resulted in not only a lawsuit filed by the United States against Mercer County Geriatric Center, but additionally the appointment of significant oversight – leading to higher quality care for the residents at that facility.
First attorney in the State of New Jersey to develop and participate in a continuing legal education seminar through New Jersey ICLE to help teach attorneys how to litigate against nursing homes.
Cohen participated in what became the annual presentations for over 15 years and continues to provide education and guidance for counsel through lectures and writings, locally and nationally.
As a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer, Cohen has published a myriad of articles on all aspects of long term care litigation, including, the MDS Coordinator, Requests for Admissions, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA), Never Events, New Jersey’s Nursing Home Statute and New Jersey’s Nursing Home Regualtions, Mediation in nursing home litigation, Group home litigation, Chapter published in nursing litigation textbook and The Role of the Medical Director in Nursing Home Litigation.