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Best Lawyers - Firm Logo Gurfein Douglas LLP has been named the Best Lawyers® in America, “Best Law Firms – Tier 1” in the 2023 edition. Best Lawyers - Richard A. Gurfein was named the Best Lawyers® 2023 Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” in New York.

Gurfein Douglas $110.6 Million Medical Malpractice Top Verdict in New York of 2019

Every Medical Malpractice Lawsuit does not lead to Multi-million dollar medical malpractice verdicts, 2019 saw courts in several states awarded such large recoveries to plaintiffs injured by medical malpractice.

It is recognized as Top 20 Verdicts in New York in 2019 and obtained in New York in the year 2019. The list is comprised of various case types that were tried either in state or federal courts of New York. The case was Redish v. Adler, et al. was the top verdict in medical malpractice at $110,640,958.00. It, unfortunately, was caused by delayed treatment of an asthma attack that triggered a massive brain injury.

Doctors negligence: failure to treat her by transferring her to a nearby facility with the right medical equipment.

This background allowed Richard to argue doctors failed to consider transferring her to nearby facilities with ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) able to remove the build-up of carbon dioxide in her brain and could prevent injury to her brain and swelling caused by the buildup of carbon dioxide.” The record-setting verdict of $110.6 million dollars was the center of the family and lost the ability to care for and provide for her extended family.  She now uses a wheelchair, with profound motor disabilities, and slurred speech resulting in much pain and suffering.

When feel you may experience negligence top medical malpractice attorneys new york

Richard Gurfein and partner Preston Douglas are Lawyers with an Edge with degrees in engineering and science and a thorough understanding of cutting-edge technologies. They apply innovative tools to real-world problems to present the strongest cases for our clients. We are dedicated to providing the best opportunity for our client’s financial recovery. Our advocacy for the rights of those wrongfully injured has led to victories in Congress, the legislature, and the courtroom Past results do not guarantee that future cases can be settled with a similar verdict. There are no fees charged unless there is a verdict or settlement. Contact Us for a free case evaluation.


On June 14, 2021 Philips, makers of CPAP, BiPAP and mechanical ventilators for home use, issued a recall of certain machines because the sound abatement material could deteriorate and cause potential health risks to the users.  Simply put, the sound insulation could breakdown and release particles or carcinogenic gases into the system which the user could breath in.  Here is the link to read the actual recall notice and get information on how to get your machine fixed.  If your health has been affected by the defect in the machine you should consult your treating doctor as soon as possible.

Before you do anything with the machine please take a picture of the serial number label on the bottom of the machine.  Both to know the serial number and as proof that you owned one of the recalled machines.

As soon as the legal community has created a plan of action, our firm will be accepting clients who used the recalled machines.  At this time, please fill out our new case form on this website and email a picture of the label to  Please include a description of how, if at all, your health has worsened since using the recalled machine.

Parents of boy who lost part of leg to subway train sue the city, MTA

The parents of a 12-year-old autistic boy who was hit by a subway train last year have sued the city and others for negligence after their son lost part of his leg.

Nathan Stude, now 14, was on the tracks of the Southbound 1 train in the Dyckman Street station on July 9, 2019, when he was struck by the train causing him to lose the lower portion of his left leg, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit and his parents.

“Anytime you take a leg from a child who loved to run around and jump and do all sorts of things like that, you deprive them of a sense of freedom,” Roger said.

“That would be for any child. “This is a child who really is limited in how he can express things already and now you are taking away another avenue of expression and freedom.” “Autism is challenging enough for a child and our client’s life has been exponentially complicated by this injury,”

“There were multiple failures on the part of all of the participants that allowed this child to get onto the subway tracks alone and to be struck when he should have been seen.”

lawyer Richard Gurfein told The Post.

School Bus Accident Lawyers in New York City

If you or your child was injured in a school bus accident, our legal team will provide you with the expertise to secure the compensation you deserve to pay for medical bills, pain, and suffering. We know that both experiencing and witnessing school bus accidents are traumatic for children and can lead to lengthy physical and emotional recoveries.

It is widely believed that school buses provide the safest mode of transport for children traveling to and from school and on field trips. However, accidents occur and often involve serious or fatal injuries. Both passengers and pedestrians can be injured during a bus crash because they don’t engage seat belts, slip, and fall while on the bus, or are struck when boarding or exiting the vehicle.

School bus accidents may involve multiple victims and drivers. This complicates the case and the process of determining who to hold accountable for damages. Our school bus accident lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation to ensure your legal rights are protected while helping you recover maximum compensation from all responsible parties.

Who may be at fault in a school bus accident?

One or more of the following may be at fault:

  • School bus driver
  • The driver of another vehicle
  • School district
  • School bus manufacturer
  • Parts manufacturer
  • A third-party under contract to maintain the bus
  • Private church, school or other organization that owned and operated the school bus
  • The private company under contract to provide transportation for the school
  • Government responsible for construction, road infrastructure, and maintenance

What are common causes of bus accidents?

School bus accidents are caused most commonly by driving mistakes that include:

  • Distracted driving 
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Tailgating
  • Aggressive driving
  • Sleep-deprivation driving

What damages can you pursue compensation to cover?

Compensation for both economic and non-economic damages may be recovered from various sources and include:

  • Medical costs – current and future
  • Rehabilitation and therapy sessions
  • Home health care visits and equipment
  • Long-term care 
  • Lost income and future lost income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Special equipment and home modifications to accommodate a disability
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Diminished quality of life

Jury Awards $6.78 million in Bus and Pedestrian Accident NYC

At age 13, Ernest Lewis and his mother Brenda Lewis were running to catch a stopped bus. Ernest ran alongside the nonmoving bus, hitting its side to alert the driver that he and his mother were approaching. Ernest slipped between the wheels and the driver ran over him. Six years later, experienced bus accident lawyer Richard Gurfein represented Ernest’s family in the case in which he proved to the jury that the bus driver was negligent and Ernest was deserving of damages for past pain and suffering, medical expenses, and future pain and suffering. The bus – pedestrian lawsuit award totaled $6.78 million.

 Contact an experienced school bus-pedestrian accident lawyer today

At Gurfein Douglas you can rely on the scientific training of our two partners to uncover the often hidden technical details of your school bus accident lawsuit that the untrained eye might miss. Our school bus accident lawyer knows what insurance companies look for in evaluating claims, how to make the most beneficial settlement offers, and how to best prepare your case. If you or your child was hurt, you deserve compensation.

Volunteers Needed to Judge AAJ’s Mock Trial Competition (STAC)


I have the honor this year of being appointed Regional Chair, for the New York Region, of the American Association for Justice’s Annual Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC).  I am pleased to invite you to serve as a Volunteer Juror, judging the students’ performance at a mock trial.  Each trial will consist of teams from 2 law schools, requires scoring judges (jurors) and a presiding judge who will run the trial and rule on objections.  Only real judges and experienced trial lawyers can be presiding judges.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with AAJ’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC), it is a national mock trial competition held every spring in 14 regional locations. Every year, over 150 law schools participate in making up 224 teams with 896 law students, all of whom become AAJ Law Student Members to compete. Over 1,200 lawyers from across the country volunteer to serve as competition judges and 30 AAJ members dedicate their time, energy, and expertise to help host these regional events. The New York City regional event will take place on March 1–3, 2019. The mock trials will take place in the Kings County State Supreme Court located at 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (parking in the judge’s lot will be on a first come/first served basis).

There will be 3 sessions of preliminary rounds, one session of semi-final rounds and one session of the final round.  Each preliminary round will consist of 8 trials (16 teams). Each trial requires three scoring judges, a bailiff, and a presiding judge.  So each of the preliminary round sessions require 40 lawyers and judges.

The first session will 4:00 PM. Friday afternoon, March 1, 2019, from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  On Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd there will be 12:30 PM sessions, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 12:30PM to 4:00PM.  Each session starts with a short orientation meeting on the main floor (second floor) followed by a three hour trial in a courtroom upstairs.

Please pick the session or sessions that are most convenient for you.  You may click on this link STAC ONLINE SIGN UP  to sign up and pick your sign-up, or you can print the form, fill it out, and fax or email it back to me.

The competition rounds are:

ROUND 1: Friday, March 1st, 4:30 PM-8: 00 PM (8 trials, 40 volunteers needed)

ROUND 2: Saturday, March 2nd, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM (8 trials, 40 volunteers needed)

ROUND 3: Saturday, March 2nd, 12:30 PM-4:00 PM (8 trials, 40 volunteers needed)

SEMI-FINAL ROUND: Sunday, March 3rd, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM (2 trials, 10 volunteers required)

FINAL ROUND: Sunday, March 3rd, 12:30 PM-4: 00 PM (1 trial, 5 volunteers needed)

This is a wonderful event, all of the students devote substantial time training to be good trial lawyers and spending your time in this endeavor will be very satisfying.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (212) 406-1600 or via email at .

Please feel free to share this invitation and the sign up form with your colleagues and friends, we always need additional volunteers, even non-lawyers.

I hope to see you all at the competition.

All the best,


Vehicle Pedestrian Accidents Prevention

Vehicle and pedestrian car accident due to distraction by smartphone.

In the United States, nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths were recorded in each of the years 2016 and 2017 – representing record fatalities in the past 25 years – according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). 
While the pedestrian death toll increased by 27 percent from 2007 to 2016, fatalities from other traffic accidents have decreased by 14 percent. Safety measures inside cars are protecting drivers and passengers, yet pedestrians face the same risks.

The elderly, poor and uninsured are most vulnerable. Florida is home to eight of the ten of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians. The five most dangerous states are California, Florida, Texas, New York and Arizona. In New York state, only eight percent of the total traffic crashes involve pedestrians. This type of accident, however, tends to result in serious injury or fatalities. Urban areas account for the majority of pedestrian crashes. New York City accounts for 72% of the collisions with 59% of the deaths involving a pedestrian.

Common Causes of Vehicle Pedestrian Accidents

Following speeding and failure to yield, another cause of increased knock-down accidents is drivers distracted by electronic devices – particularly their phones.

Pedestrians are also at fault for being oblivious to traffic conditions. Most fatalities seventy-five percent of occurred in the dark, and in 72 percent of the victim was walking in or crossing a road and wasn’t in an intersection. Also using marijuana and alcohol that impair their abilities. Up to 33 percent of pedestrian fatalities involved a pedestrian with a blood alcohol content above the legal driving limit, according to the most recent GHSA report. Seven states that legalized marijuana noted a 16.4 collective percentage increase.

It’s also worth noting that lower gas prices and a stronger economy result in more people and cars on the roads. Thus, every two hours, a pedestrian dies in a traffic crash.

Higher Risks for the Elderly in Pedestrian Vehicle Accidents

Thirteen percent of the U.S. population is 65 years or older, and 21% of all pedestrian fatalities fall into that age range. As mobility challenges increase with age, the elderly encounter more risks as they navigate streets that were built to move cars, not to keep pedestrians safe. Due to urban sprawl, arterial roads have been constructed but are often the grounds for speeding.

Improved design can protect pedestrians. For example, raised medians where pedestrians can wait as traffic dissipates and overhead lights enhance the visibility of dark crossings. City planners have taken to placing trees and buildings closer to the streets. Drivers slow down when they are required to pay attention to more variables.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

Be Seen Stay Safe: Make yourself visible to drivers
Wear light or bright colored clothing or use reflective material.
When walking at night carry a flashlight 
Cross the street in crosswalk!
If there are no crosswalks, cross in a well-lit area at night.
Keep a distance from buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.


We tend to think of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products as common and safe household items.  Maybe because that’s what we’ve seen on TV commercials forever!  These products are used to prevent dryness and rashes in a variety of applications.  However, these common household products contain a dangerous substance known as “Talc” or “Talcum Powder” which have been shown to be associated with the development of ovarian cancer when used regularly near a woman’s pelvic region.

After analyzing a number of studies, including some which reported as high as a 30% increase in the risk of developing ovarian cancer for women exposed to talcum powder on a regular basis, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified the perineal (genital) use of talcum-based powders as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

Johnson & Johnson was recently ordered to pay $72,000,000.00 to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products.

  During the trial, the jury was shown internal company documents which demonstrated that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk of ovarian cancer since the 1980’s but hid this important information from the public and regulatory agencies.  After hearing this evidence, the jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $10 million in compensatory damages to the family but, because of the egregious nature of Johnson & Johnson’s conduct, the jury also awarded $62 million in punitive damages to punish Johnson & Johnson and deter it and other manufacturers of powders from similar conduct in the future.

If you or a family member has developed ovarian cancer after prolonged use of the talcum-based body powders, such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower products, you may have a legal claim for damages.

Contact us today to speak to one of our attorneys about this issue.  We can be reached by the chat window or email or telephone.


Richard Gurfein, of Gurfein Douglas LLP, has been selected to the 2016 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.

Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.


Mr. Gurfein, the founding partner of Gurfein Douglas LLP, has been selected by our peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of Best Lawyers® in America since 2015 for his work in

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Law – Plaintiffs.

This is the third year in a row Mr. Gurfein has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America.

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