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Nick Rowley Featured As Thought Leader In Lawyer Monthly

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Nick Rowley, founder of T rial Lawyers for Justice and partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley, was featured as a thought leader in the personal injury section of the latest edition of Lawyer Monthly.

In the article, Rowley talks about how he fights for his clients and gets to know them on a personal level.  Rowley stated “when he is representing an injured human being, the only thing on his mind is fighting for them to get the justice they deserve.  I live, breathe, and dream about the case I am handling.”

The full interview and article can be viewed in PDF form online by clicking here.  

Nick Rowley Wins $10 Million Verdict In Wrongful Death Case

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Dubuque, September 20, 2017— Trial Lawyer Nick Rowley, founder of Trial Lawyers for Justice and partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, and his trial team Rodney Ritner, Dominic Pechota, and Grayson Yoder, recently won a $10 million non-economic damages verdict on behalf of clients Joanne and Mitchell Pellock against Mississippi Valley Anesthesiology, P.C.  The corporation and its insurance company refused to offer the family a single penny in this heartbreaking medical malpractice wrongful death case.

A jury honored the memory of their 80 year old husband and father with a unanimous, record setting medical malpractice and wrongful death non-economic damage verdict of $10,000,000.00 on September 19 in Dubuque, Iowa.

This was a case in which metastatic cancer required surgery to remove his bladder, and ended up resulting in a bowel leak and sepsis.  These conditions were treatable and fixable with an additional surgery.  The additional surgery was scheduled, and during the negligent induction of anesthesia, Mr. Pellock vomited and aspirated stomach contents into his lungs and died later that day of secondary drowning.  He drowned in his own vomit because the nurse anesthetist, who was soon to retire, failed to protect and then clean out Mr. Pellock’s airway after he paralyzed Mr. Pellock with drugs and left him defenseless.  The anesthesiology provider failed to recognize that Mr. Pellock had just been fed an hour earlier and had a full stomach.

“I am incredibly proud to be the trial lawyer for Joanne and Mitchell and proud that justice was served for their husband and father today,” said Nick Rowley. “All lives matter, old lives matter.  Even though life expectancy instructions only gave us 7 ½ years of damages, the jury found this family lost an important and valuable life, experienced extreme hardship, and that the medical professionals were negligent and wrong in the care of an 80 year old man who had finally beat cancer.”

“We are guaranteed the right to life, liberty, and happiness in America.  If life is negligently taken away, we need to put a brutally honest value on it, and it shouldn’t be cheap,” Rowley went on to say.

At the start of the trial, the defense offer in this case was $0.  The defense’s medical experts attempted to convince the jury that they felt this was a case in which the complications were a risk of surgery.  Rowley was able to discredit those witnesses and convince the jury otherwise.

“Fortunately, a good hearted and fair Iowa jury sided with Joanne and Mitchell and awarded them every penny they deserved,” Rowley stated. “In the end, while it won’t bring back their loving husband and father, they were able to receive a $10 million verdict for his wrongful death.  ‘We are certain the corporation and its insurance company will appeal and delay because that is what the defense industry does, but this is a big victory for Iowans, medical patients, and families across the entire country.  Old lives matter.”

Source: Trial Lawyers for Justice

Case Number LACV103756

Pej Ben-Cohen and Steve McElroy From Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley Win $10.5 Million Verdict in Car Accident Trial

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LOS ANGELES—Trial lawyers Pej Ben-Cohen and Steve McElroy from Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley recently won a $10.5 million verdict (with interest) on behalf of a plaintiff who was injured in a car accident in 2012. The plaintiff was rear-ended by the defendant, who was texting a friend at the time of the collision and claimed she had to because she was deaf. The plaintiff did not receive treatment at the scene of the accident, but visited an urgent care center later that evening with neck pain, shoulder pain, and severe headaches. Even though the X-rays were normal, the plaintiff began physical therapy several weeks later due to her pain. Three months after the accident, the plaintiff was finally diagnosed with a disc protrusion.

“Since 2012, the plaintiff has received epidurals, attended physical therapy, undergone surgery, and had a spinal cord stimulator implanted,” Ben-Cohen states. “To this day, she is still required to attend physical therapy for the injuries that she sustained over five years ago, which illustrates the severity of her condition.”

“We relied on the plaintiff’s physicians to explain to the jury how the injuries occurred in the collision and how they were treated,” Ben-Cohen continues. “Both physicians did an excellent job of outlining why each treatment the plaintiff received was necessary, and how the injury would continue to affect her in the future.”

The defense’s medical experts attempted to convince the jury that the plaintiff was not injured in the collision because she did not immediately experience any symptoms. However, McElroy was able to get the defense doctor to admit that the plaintiff’s current symptoms were definitely caused by the crash during cross-examination.

“The opposing counsel also tried to prove that the medical treatment the plaintiff received was unnecessary,” McElroy says. “However, they were unable to do so. In fact, we were able to show that one of their own medical experts agreed that the Plaintiff suffered an injury as a result of the accident.”

“The key to winning this case was how we developed the plaintiff’s story”, Ben-Cohen says.  “I spent countless hours with the plaintiff at my home where we got to know each other without discussing the trial,” Ben-Cohen added. If you do not love your client, you cannot expect a jury to, Ben-Cohen says.

“Fortunately, the jury sided in our favor and awarded the plaintiff every penny of her past and future medical expenses, in addition to compensation for her pain and suffering,” Ben-Cohen  states. “In the end, we were able to recover a total of $10.5 million (with interest) million on behalf of our client.”

The California law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley (CZR) has over 100 employees dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured.  CZR is dedicated to helping clients recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries.  For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit www.CZRlaw.com today. 

Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley Partner Pej Ben-Cohen Wins $2.6 Million Verdict in Car Accident Trial

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LOS ANGELES—Pej Ben-Cohen, trial lawyer and partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, along with co-counsel Margarit Mardirosian, recently won a $2.6 million verdict on behalf of a plaintiff who was injured in a car accident in 2014. The plaintiff was rear-ended by the defendant, and although she was not in pain immediately following the accident, she later went to an urgent care center with neck and back pain. She was initially diagnosed with a disc extrusion, but unfortunately, the radiologist failed to diagnose her disc herniation. This injury worsened over time and eventually required fusion.

“We faced a number of obstacles in proving that the plaintiff was entitled to compensation for the injuries that she sustained in the accident in 2014,” Ben-Cohen states. “For starters, we had to find a way to help the jury understand the extent of the plaintiff’s complex injuries and why it took so long for her to be diagnosed and treated.”

“We relied on two witnesses, a neurosurgeon and neuroradiologist, to help us overcome these obstacles, and fortunately, they did an exceptional job at trial,” Ben-Cohen continues. “The defense was unable to discredit our experts, so the jury had no reason not to believe these experts.”

The defense attempted to show that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by degenerative disc disease, not the collision. However, the jury did not agree. “In the end, we were able to recover over $250,000 for the client’s past and future medical expenses, $48,000 for her lost wages, and over $2 million for her past and future pain and suffering,” Ben-Cohen says. “The last three years have been traumatic for the plaintiff, and we couldn’t be happier that we were able to obtain justice on her behalf.”

The California law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley (CZR) has over 100 employees dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured.  CZR is dedicated to helping clients recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries.  For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit www.CZRlaw.com today. 

Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley (CZR) Announces $45 Million Settlement In Car Accident Case

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The Los Angeles based personal injury law firm Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley (CZR) announces a $45 million settlement in a disputed liability car accident case against an insurance company.  The case was handled by CZR Trial Lawyer Nick Rowley as well as attorney and partner Robert Ounjian and special projects director Steve Glass.

The case involved a disputed liability car accident in which CZR represented a 21-year old mother and her two children, ages 2 and 4, who were involved in a rear-end collision in San Bernardino County.    Liability in the case was disputed because their vehicle was stopped on Haven Avenue, in an area nearby Ontario Airport, where vehicles are not permitted to stop.

The defendant claimed he swerved to try and avoid the collision, but could not stop in time.  The police report listed both drivers at fault.  The accident resulted in serious injuries to the 4 year old child.

“Many law firms would take on a case like this, and settle it for maybe $250,000 or $500,000 and remain within the insurance policy limits and avoid trial,” said Nick Rowley, lead trial lawyer on the case.  “At CZR, we are trial lawyers seeking justice for our clients and are not afraid to take a case all the way to trial.”

“When a client is seriously injured, has life-long medical expenses, and their life is changed forever, insurance companies should award those individuals fair compensation.  That is what we saw in this case, where the insurance company finally stepped up and did the right thing for our client and her children,” Rowley went on to say.