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Douglas J. Swart Secures Defense Verdict in Queens County

In June 2009, Douglas J. Swart successfully represented North Shore University Hospital and multiple defendant physicians in a four month long trial which was tried in Supreme Court, Queens County. The case alleged wrongful death and fraud, and was brought on behalf of the family of the decedent – a 45 year old retired police detective. The case involved a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, with the plaintiff asserting negligence both pre-operatively and intra-operatively – resulting in the plaintiff’s death one year later. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for 3 million dollars in damages for pain and suffering, and also for unspecified amounts in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury returned a unanimous verdict for the defendants during their second day of deliberation.