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Miami, Fla. – March 10, 2016 – Greenspoon Marder shareholder, Neal Hirschfeld, secured a $28 million verdict today in a case where the remains of a baby were found in a small cardboard box outside of the U-Gas station in North Miami.
In September 2014, a baby boy was born at Mount Sanai Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida to Raul Adrian Castro Manzano and Catheryne Cristina Lucero. The baby died shortly thereafter and the family contracted the services of Carey Royal Ramn Funeral Home, Inc. A representative of the funeral home came to the hospital to secure the baby’s body and to take it to a crematorium.
“They were not in this case for money,” said Neal Hirschfeld. “They were in this case to send a message that this should never happen to another family.”
Mr. Hirschfeld was able to prove that the representative of the funeral home disposed of the infant’s remains by placing them in a box and tossing him into a dumpster at the U-Gas station in North Miami. The funeral home worker claimed that the baby’s remains were taken during a van break-in after he left the body in his van outside of his home instead of delivering it to the crematorium as he was supposed to.
The infant’s remains were later discovered by a homeless person and the police were called. Days later, the baby’s remains were returned to his parents and ultimately a cremation was performed.
The jury granted the parents of the baby boy $28 million in damages.
Mr. Hirschfeld is a Shareholder with Greenspoon Marder Law’s Personal Injury Litigation Group. He has more than 30 years of litigation experience, having begun his litigation practice as an insurance defense lawyer, and now having spent more than 25 years as a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Trial Lawyer. Mr. Hirschfeld’s litigation practice includes personal injury and wrongful death litigation, complex litigation, class action litigation and cemetery litigation. Mr. Hirschfeld served as lead counsel in the Menorah Gardens Cemetery Class Action, a case which was eventually resolved for $100 million.
Mark Siedle assisted Mr. Hirschfeld in the preparation of this case. Mr. Siedle has more than 26 years of experience in handling all types of personal injury cases, both in pre-suit and in litigation. His practice focuses on automobile accidents, boating accidents, motorcycle accidents, product liability, slip/trip and fall accidents, animal attacks, aviation accidents and negligent security. Mr. Siedle is committed to offering the same level of representation and communication to his clients, no matter how big or small the matter.
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