This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Barry Eichen of Eichen, Crutchlow, Zaslow ( https://www.njadvocates.com ).
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A member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Barry Eichen of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP shares how he secured justice for New Jersey railroad worker Roger Fuccilli, who died of a lung disease caused by occupational exposure to toxic fumes. After 5 weeks of trial, a New Jersey Superior Court jury returned what is believed to be one of the largest Federal Employers Liability Act verdicts in the country for pulmonary fibrosis. Fuccilli’s widow, Catherine, was awarded $19.2 million, including $4.1 million in pre-death pain and suffering and $15.1 million for his wrongful death.
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NJ medical malpractice lawyer, Barry R. Eichen, grew up in the middle-class neighborhood of South Edison. His father was a manager at an auto parts store and his mother worked part-time while raising five children. After graduating from Edison High School, Mr. Eichen worked at night while attending college to help pay for his education. After graduating from law school, Mr. Eichen opened his own law practice in 1987. Mr. Eichen is one of New Jersey’s most seasoned and well-respected trial lawyers. In 2012-2013 alone, Mr. Eichen tried eight cases resulting in verdicts totaling more than ten million dollars. Mr. Eichen recently represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2010, wherein he obtained a $51 Million verdict against Johnson & Johnson for overcharging Medicaid recipients. This verdict led to a recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In a recent trial against the City Of Newark, Mr. Eichen was able to obtain a verdict in the amount of three million dollars. The case involved the failure of the City of Newark to repair a pothole that was approximately three feet wide and four feet long. The jury had determined that this was a dangerous condition that the city knew or should have known existed for approximately one year, although there were complaints that the city had neglected to repair said dangerous conditions for a period of one year. While this matter was reversed due to a procedural technicality, Mr. Eichen looks forward to a retrial.
In April of 2007, Barry Eichen obtained a verdict against Ford Motor Company for a defective throttle body which resulted in a brachial plexus injury to the right arm of the plaintiff. After a 4 week trial, the jury awarded plaintiff $10,626,479.89. In August of 2005, Mr. Eichen obtained a $19.2 million verdict on behalf of a railroad worker who was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis as a result of various railroads’ failure to provide adequate respiratory protection. This was one of the largest FELA verdicts in the Country for pulmonary fibrosis. New Jersey medical mistakes lawyer, Barry R. Eichen, was part of the team that successfully litigated the class action claim against LYMErix a vaccine developed to prevent Lyme disease.
Mr. Eichen has also sat as a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for Phen-Fen and Rezulin Drug Litigation. Currently, Mr. Eichen is a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the Vytorin/Zetia Drug Litigation as well as the Schering-Plough Intron A Drug Litigation. He also recently settled a Consumer Fraud Class Action against an automobile dealership for overcharging customers documentary fees. He has served as a prosecutor for various townships and has tried over 100 complex cases. His areas of practice include products liability, Federal Employee Liability Act cases (FELA), medical malpractice, employment discrimination, consumer fraud class actions, and other litigation matters. Mr. Eichen has also served on the Board of Governors for ATLA-NJ and has taught seminars at the request of ATLA.
Mr. Eichen was featured in a televised forum “A Jersey Matters Town Hall: The Heroin Crisis,” This one-of-a-kind statewide town hall took place at Monmouth University on March 16th, 2017. WJLP-TV (Me-TV) in association with the Asbury Park Press sponsored the program to discuss the real problem of heroin and opiate addictions and deaths in New Jersey. Click here to watch the program. View segments from the Town Hall forum here.
Barry R. Eichen is currently representing the firm in numerous class action litigation, including Vytorin/Zetia, Intron/Temodar, Countrywide, Baxter and Wellpoint consumer class action cases, as well as, many of the firm’s complex medical malpractice cases.
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