Daniel R. Santola
Albany, New York
|Partner, since 1987
Daniel R. Santola is a senior partner and co-founder of Powers & Santola, LLP. His practice is limited to the representation of catastrophically injured individuals, the field of law in which he has over 25 years experience.
After graduating from Albany Law School, he became an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1987, he and longtime friend and colleague, John K. Powers, decided to form the firm of Powers & Santola, with a simple mission statement: To provide our clients with the best possible legal representation.
Dan has spent more than twenty-five years teaching various topics within the specialty of personal injury law, covering subjects such as construction accidents, medical malpractice, trial tactics, evidence and products liability. He has lectured for the Office of Court Administration in its Continuing Legal Education programs for judges and court attorneys, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the New York Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association, the American Board Of Trial Advocates, Albany Law School, the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, Albany Medical Center, Syracuse University Law School, and a number of other scholastic and professional institutions.
Client requested confidentiality — $4,500,000 recovery for an infant who suffered permanent brain injury at the age of 4 weeks when a nurse inadvertently administering heparin, an anticoagulant, to the baby. As a result, the baby began to bleed and that bleeding went undetected by the medical staff for several hours. The blood was so extensive that the baby''s brain was deprived of oxygen, resulting in permanent brain damage.
Trombley v. Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. — Union electrician working on project to replace section of transmission lines and poles, killed when top of deteriorated pole
snapped off striking the bucket lift he was in knocking it off the end of the boom falling 20'' with worker still tied off to the designated location on the inside of the bucket settled for $2,750,000. Difficulty was to overcome fact that the cause of the accident was almost exclusively plaintiff''s co-employees fault who were immune from suit.
Client requested confidentiality — $7,250,000 recovery for an 11 year-old girl was sustained a broken neck, causing permanent damage to her spinal cord which rendered her quadriplegic, as the result of being directed to dive into the shallow end of a swimming pool while participating in a beginning swimming program run by an aquatic club at a pool owned by a local school district.
Tassone v. Mid-Valley Oil — $9,443,177 recovery for a 22 year-old man from Pennsylvania who suffered brain damage when he lost his balance while installing satellite communications equipment on the roof of the Mobil Xtra-Mart in Valatie, New York and fell 16 feet onto a concrete loading dock because he was not provided with adequate safety devices.
Client asked confidentiality be maintained — $4,000,000 recovery for an infant who suffered HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy), anoxic brain injury and cerebral palsy as the result of a mid-wife''s malpractice in failing to promptly contact an obstetrician to perform a cesarean section to deliver a baby who was experiencing fetal distress that was evidenced by persistent, variable and late decelerations of her fetal heart rate.