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SuperLawyers 2014

  • In 2015 Jay Cohen, as lead trial counsel, obtained a $14 million settlement in a class action suit against Broward General Medical Center on behalf of cardiac stress lab patients exposed to contaminated saline over a five-year period. In 2009, the hospital learned, through an anonymous tip, that a nurse in the cardiac stress lab had been reusing saline while administering tests. As many as 1,850 patients undergoing tests potentially received the contaminated saline over a five-year period. The hospital immediately terminated the nurse and advised affected patients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis. The lawsuit sought emotional damages and economic damages for any patients who paid for their own testing.
  • Jay Cohen and Rudy Ayala obtained a verdict of $19.25 million for their client, a 43-year-old Hollywood woman who suffered damages due to negligent delay in treatment. A Broward jury determined that three of her doctors failed to timely identify and treat her spinal epidural abscess, causing permanent nerve damage which left the Plaintiff paralyzed from the waist down . As of May, 2014, this is believed to be the largest jury award in South Florida this year. The jury assigned 58 percent liability to a physician who, as an employee of a public hospital, was protected by and subject to sovereign immunity limits, reducing Plaintiff’s recovery. Additional details about the case were reported in the Daily Business Review on May 29, 2014.
  • Jay Cohen successfully resolved the case of the young teen whose leg was traumatically amputated at the scene of the accident after being struck by a car at her private school in Fort Lauderdale. Her tragic story captured the attention of this community and less than 2 years from the date of the accident and shortly before trial, Jay was able to resolve the matter for a confidential amount substantial enough to ensure she is taken care of for the rest of her life.
  • $450,000 settlement of an auto accident and resulting back injuries
  • $2.75 million for a medical malpractice case for a baby suffering developmental delay due to alleged negligence in a newborn nursery
  • $27 Million verdict on behalf of a Developer against a bank
  • $9 Million verdict against a doctor for medical malpractice causing the death of an 18-year-old
  • $8.5 Million verdict to a wife for the death of her 52-year-old husband as a result of medical negligence
  • $4 Million settlement on behalf of a brain damaged baby against a Hospital
  • $3.65 Million settlement against a Railroad Company for the death of a 40-year-old man at a train crossing
  • $7 Million verdict for a 12-year-old whose parents died in a car/truck accident
  • $1 Million settlement for a mother whose 21-year-old son died in a small plane crash
  • $1.5 Million settlement for a lady crushed at a bus stop by an out of control car
  • $1.5 Million settlement for the death of an 80-year-old man due to bridge tender’s negligence