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Fall 2017 E-Newsletter

Michael J. Boranian Successfully Defends Hospital and Plastic Surgeons against Medical Malpractice Action

Montfort, Healy Senior Partner Michael J. Boranian recently obtained a defendant's verdict in a medical malpractice case that was tried in Nassau County Supreme Court on behalf of a local medical center and two individual plastic surgeons who were accused of alleged improper performance of surgical repair after a chain saw accident.

The plaintiff was brought to the hospital after injuring his left hand with a chain saw while on the job. The initial injury had nearly severed the plaintiff's thumb and had severely injured the nerves and musculature to the fourth and fifth fingers as well. The essence of the plaintiff's claim was that the surgical repair was inappropriate and, therefore, left the plaintiff with a greater residual limitation than he otherwise would have experienced.

Super Lawyers Recognizes Three Attorneys from Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley LLP

Super Lawyers has recognized three attorneys from Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley LLP for 2017 honors. The three attorneys — amounting to approximately one-fourth of the firm’s partners and of counsel — were recognized in the practice areas of civil litigation defense, personal injury defense and medical malpractice defense.

Firm Partner Christopher T. Cafaro was recognized in the practice area of Civil Litigation: Defense. Frank J. Cafaro, of counsel with the firm, was recognized in two practice areas: Personal Injury — Medical Malpractice: Defense and Personal Injury — Defense. Philip J. Catapano, who is also of counsel with the firm, was recognized in the practice area of Personal Injury — Medical Malpractice: Defense.

Michael Boranian Named as One of LIBN's "Ones to Watch" in Law

Michael Boranian, a partner with the firm, was named as one of the "Ones to Watch" in Law by Long Island Business News. "Ones to Watch" is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

Timothy A. Jenks and Nicholas Ferrara Join Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley LLP

Timothy A. Jenks and Nicholas Ferrara have recently joined Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley LLP. Mr. Jenks has been named as one of the firm’s associates and Mr. Ferrara will serve as one of MHMS’ law clerks.


New York Court of Appeals Says No to Physician-Assisted Suicide

On September 7th, the New York State Court of Appeals determined that the New York State Constitution does not provide an individual the right to a physician-assisted suicide. The decision restricts a mentally competent and terminally ill person from obtaining a prescription for a lethal dose of drugs from a physician intended to be taken to cause death.

First Department Finds Case Not Time-Barred Because of Continuous Treatment

In the case of Lewis v. Rutkovsky, the First Department was asked to review the continuous treatment doctrine as it applied to a patient who brought a lawsuit against her primary care physician. The plaintiff alleged that her primary care physician failed to detect, diagnose, and treat her brain tumor. As a result of the doctor’s failure to diagnose, the plaintiff underwent brain surgery that left her legally blind. The First Department reviewed the continuous treatment doctrine in determining whether or not the lawsuit should be time-barred.

For more information about these cases or the firm's insurance defense representation, contact James Michael Murphy, Managing Partner, at or at (516) 747-4082.

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Product Liability

Construction and Industrial Accidents

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Federal Civil Rights Claims

Personal Injury Claims Arising Out of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Homeowners' Claims

Commercial Premises Personal Injury Claims

Medical Malpractice

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