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When Blume, Goldfaden partner, Ron Goldfaden is asked to recall his most memorable case he doesn't mention the $9.6 million dollar verdict for the family of a brain damaged infant or the dozens of other multimillion dollar awards he has recovered. He doesn't consider the cases that received extensive publicity, such as the one for the family of a student killed in the Seton Hall University fire, or the one involving a father who died as a result of being injected with the wrong chemotherapy.
Instead, the case he recalls is one that he handled earlier on in his legal career. It was a relatively simple automobile accident case in which a 12 year old client was a passenger in a relative's car. I remember the case settled for about $100,000., and pursuant to law, we deposited the money into the Surrogate's Court where it was to collect interest and be held until the child reached the age of 18. I remember, after settling his case, putting the young boy on the witness stand at a hearing to approve the settlement, and asking him and his mother if they understood the terms of the settlement; that, absent some emergency, his money could not actually be spent until he reached legal age. I told him, that hopefully, when he was 18, he would have a nice lump sum of money that he could then use to buy a car, or go to college, or do whatever else he decided. I had forgotten about the case until years later, when I unexpectedly received a telephone call from the young boy's mother. She asked me if I remembered her son's case and what I had told him on the witness stand. I told her that I did, expecting her to tell me that there was some problem. She went on, I just wanted to call you Mr. Goldfaden, to let you know that my son used the money from that settlement and just graduated yesterday from medical school ... I'll remember that phone call for the rest of my life. It reminds me that what I do is worthwhile and can actually have a significant impact on people's lives.
Ron is a graduate of Widener University School of Law (1976) and a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the N.J. Supreme Court. He is a member of a number of trial groups including the American Trial Lawyer's Association (ATLA) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Maggette vs Rivera — This trial in Hudson County, N.J. resulted in $9.6 million dollar verdict on behalf of child who was born brain-damaged as a result of the failure of a midwife and obstetrician to deliver him by Ceasarian section. The jury accepted the plaintiff''s contention that the fetal heart monitor strips clearly indicated that the baby was in severe fetal distress.
Estate of Frank Caltabilota vs Seton Hall University et al — I represented the family of Frank Caltabilota Jr who was one of three Freshman students to die in the Seton Hall University Dormitory fire of 2000. Apart from settling this matter, one of the positive things to come out of this tragedy was the requirement that all New Jersey Colleges install sprinklers in all dormitory rooms.
Estate of Richard Fulton vs St Peters University Hospital — This was a wrongful death case involving a 49 year old man who was injected with the wrong chemotherapy medication which caused his death 4 days after it was negligently administered to him. Although Mr Fulton''s cancer was curable, the medication Vincristine is 100% fatal if administered in his spine as it was, rather than intravenously as it was supposed to be. After the Drs and nurses realized their mistake, Mr Fulton had little time to say goodbye to his wife, his 12 year old son and his 4 year old daughter.