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April 9, 2024

Plaintiffs awarded $14.4M in medical malpractice case after trial in Waterbury Superior Court

Contributed Attorneys Joaquin Madry and Nicole Coates, partners with the Stamford law firm Silver Golub & Teitell, represented the plaintiffs.

A Plymouth couple recently won a $14.4 million jury award in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a cardiology practice.

The plaintiffs, James Griswold and his wife Diana Griswold, sued after James Griswold underwent a cardiac imaging procedure and the imaging table collapsed in 2016.

According to the complaint, James Griswold asked staff at Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists, which has offices in Fairfield and Bridgeport, if the table could support his approximately 340-pound weight. Staff told him that larger people had been on it.

But while he was on the table, it made “a loud popping noise, and the head of the table fell to the floor with sudden force and violence,” according to the complaint.

Griswold suffered injuries that severely impacted his life and that required multiple surgeries to his back, neck and spine, the complaint states.

After a three-week trial in Waterbury Superior Court, the jury reached a verdict late Friday, determining that Griswold’s injuries were the result of medical negligence.

James Griswold was awarded $3 million in economic damages and $4 million for pain and suffering; his wife was awarded $2 million for loss of consortium. 

The jury’s award of $9 million will total about $14.4 million including interest, the plaintiffs’ law firm said.

The Griswolds were represented by attorneys Joaquin Madry and Nicole Coates, partners with the Stamford law firm Silver Golub & Teitell.

“We're pleased that the jury rejected the attacks on Mr. and Mrs. Griswold during the trial and recognized the defendants’ responsibility for causing Mr. Griswold’s terrible injuries,” Madry said. “This is yet another example of a jury sorting through a lot of misdirection and finding a just result.”

Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists was represented by David Robertson and Keith Blumenstock of Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, which has an office in Bridgeport. They did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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