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For our clients, we sometimes make history. Many of our major cases are reported in the Colorado news and set records. Here’s what Leventhal & Puga, P.C., has been accomplishing lately.

  • Family of Woman Killed in Ski Lift Accident Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    December 15, 2017 – On December 29, 2016, Kelly Huber of San Antonio and her two young daughters were ejected from the Quick Draw Express lift at Granby Ranch in Colorado. They landed 25 feet below in the hard-packed snow. Kelly was killed almost instantly, and her daughters were rushed to the hospital with debilitating injuries. Before this accident, multiple people had complained about the chairlift swinging and bouncing. A 151-page report released by the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board afterward determined that the lift’s recently modified motor, as well as “rapid speed changes” made by an operator, caused the fatal fall. “They made a conscious decision that their revenue was more important that the safety of families and people getting onto that lift,” said Jim Leventhal, attorney for the Huber family. “You can’t ignore problems in front of you and hope they go away.”
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  • Patients Falsely Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis File Suit Against Doctor

    November 9, 2017 – Two women have filed federal lawsuits in Denver U.S. District Court against Dr. Gary Weiss, a neurologist who they claim misdiagnosed them (and others) with multiple sclerosis. Weiss proceeded to treat the women for MS, causing full-body pain, flu-like effects, and psychological difficulties. These false diagnoses were only discovered when Weiss was forced to sell his Vail-based practice over a separate allegation of unprofessional conduct.
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  • Medical Negligence Victim Awarded $15 Million: ‘I Died That Day’

    April 6, 2017 – A Douglas County jury has found an ambulatory surgical center negligent and awarded its patient millions of dollars in damages after she was paralyzed following a medical procedure.
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  • Colo. paralyzed woman wins $14.9 million malpractice verdict

    April 6, 2017 – Robbin Smith was given an epidural steroid injection with a drug that her attorneys said was clearly labeled not for use for epidurals.
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  • News Release: Douglas County Jury Awards 2nd Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in Colorado

    April 6, 2017 – A Douglas County jury has awarded Castle Rock couple Robbin and Ed Smith a $14.9 million verdict against The Surgery Center at Lone Tree – the second largest medical negligence verdict in Colorado history.
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  • Super Lawyers – Colorado, 2017 Magazine Feature Story on Jim Leventhal

    March 17, 2017 – It was 1980, and Leventhal, then 32, was taking his first medical malpractice case at his new firm to trial. The facts were in his favor: His client had been prescribed an unnecessary hysterectomy. The problem, his opponent suggested, was that Leventhal was out of his league. He was a clothing salesmen turned public defender. He had no formal medical training and was facing off against two seasoned attorneys: one was a doctor-turned-lawyer; the other had never lost a case. Face it, the doctor-turned-lawyer told him at the start of the trial: He had no chance.
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  • Surgical tech’s case exposes multiple failings in patient protections

    February 28, 2016 – Rocky Allen’s long road of addiction passed through five hospitals, four states and a deployment in Afghanistan.
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  • More Swedish Hospital Patients Test Positive For Bloodborne Pathogens

    February 23, 2016 – There are more reports of tests coming back positive from Swedish Medical Center patients. The hospital suggested nearly 3,000 former patients get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C after former surgical technician Rocky Allen was fired.
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  • Surgical tech accused of switching needles ID’d

    February 4, 2016 – The now-former surgical technician who may be responsible for roughly 2,900 people needing to be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C has been identified.
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  • Swedish: Technician Caught Swiping Needle In The Operating Room

    February 4, 2016 – A doctor at Swedish Medical Center told CBS4 that a surgical technician was caught swiping a needle filled with fentanyl in the operating room at the beginning of a surgical procedure.
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  • Nearly 3,000 Swedish Medical Center Patients Urged To Get Blood Tests

    February 3, 2016 – The Colorado Department of Public Health is investigating possible drug diversion by a former employee at Swedish Medical Center and some patients are being asked to be tested for possible exposure to diseases.
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  • Swedish Hospital patients being tested for Hep B, Hep C, HIV

    February 3, 2016 – Roughly 2,900 people who had surgery at Swedish Medical Center the past five months are being notified that they need to be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C as part of an investigation into a now-former surgical technician.
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  • Decisions and Incisions: Conveying the Medical Malpractice Client’s Perspective

    January 21, 2016 – In medical malpractice cases, lawyers on either side can agree on one thing: Something terrible happened. But the stories about what happened diverge from there, and oftentimes so do the methods of telling them.
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  • News release: Jury Awards Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in Colorado

    Denver, April 3, 2015 – Leventhal & Puga, P.C., attorneys Jim Puga and Sean Leventhal obtained a $17.8 million verdict against Children’s Hospital Colorado on March 27, from a jury in Arapahoe County – the largest medical malpractice verdict in Colorado history.
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  • $17.8 million malpractice verdict against Children’s Hospital Colorado

    April 3, 2015 – Children’s Hospital Colorado has been hit with a $17.8 million verdict following a civil lawsuit filed in Arapahoe County District Court, according to an order filed March 31.
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  • Jury awards large malpractice verdict against Children’s Hospital

    April 3, 2015 – An Arapahoe County jury has awarded a $17.8 million malpractice verdict against Children’s Hospital Colorado after finding the hospital’s staff responsible for giving the wrong dose of medication to a 4-day-old girl.
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  • News release: Former Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley joins Denver law firm Leventhal & Puga, P.C.

    Denver, April 2, 2015 – Leventhal & Puga, P.C., announced today that Bruce Braley, a former Congressman from Iowa, has moved to Denver to join the firm.
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  • Former Congressman Joins Leventhal & Puga

    April 2, 2015 — Leventhal & Puga, announced today that Bruce Braley, a former Congressman from Iowa, has moved to Denver to join the firm.
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