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Gloria Seidule fights for your rights. She is passionate about justice. She has won numerous multi million dollar verdicts and settlements for her clients. Experience matters. Let her 30 years of litigation experience work for you.
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Auto Accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Severe Personal Injury
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Gloria Seidule Takes on Nursing Homes

Personal Injury Attorney Gloria Seidule fights for justice and to help stop nursing home abuse. Righting wrongs for 30 years, she's got the experience and resources to take on the most challenging cases.

Man Loses Leg due to Nursing Home and Medical Malpractice

Gloria Seidule’s client thought his surgeon had saved his leg when he was discharged to a nursing home. But an infection developed and the nurses and doctors ignored it resulting in an amputation. Gloria Seidule is bringing a medical malpractice and nursing home abuse case, a high level of difficulty case with numerous defendants. Some personal injury lawyers do not handle this high level of difficulty case due to inexperience and lack of funds.  Gloria Seidule has the experience and resources to take on this catastrophic damage case.

Man Dies Due to Nursing Home Delay

His daughter thought he was in good hands at the nursing home. But a delay in treatment, transfer to the hospital and medical care led to his untimely death.  He suffered for hours before anyone paid attention to him. Sound familiar?  Call GloriaLaw today to fight for justice and help stop nursing home abuse.

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Gloria Seidule will talk to you, take on your fight and relentlessly pursue justice. She has the experience and passion to sue corporations, insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, trucking companies and the government for their wrongful acts that hurt you.

Man Injured at a Port St. Lucie Walmart - Gloria Seidule Receives Listing in 2013 Top Verdicts in Florida for Premises Liability

$1.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict and Attorney Fee Recovery

Gloria Seidule won a $1,287,144 verdict against Walmart in a negligent maintenance and assembly case against Walmart on February 7, 2013.  Walmart appealed and lost. In addition to the jury verdict, Gloria Seidule’s client recovered attorney’s fees, costs and interest for a total recovery of $1,548,297.73. The jury found Walmart negligently assembled and maintained a Gatorade sign that had fallen to the floor causing Tom Papakalodoukas, age 41, to violently fall to the ground tearing his biceps tendon in his right dominant arm.

The evidence showed Walmart discarded the display sign after the fall even though it knew from store surveillance the display was the reason the sign fell causing serious injury to their customer.  Walmart then defended the case claiming the display had been properly assembled and maintained.  Walmart then blamed Gatorade for providing plastic screws that could easily brake to attach the sign to the display.

Attorney Gloria Seidule countered Walmart’s defense by presenting evidence, provided by the national Gatorade headquarters in Dallas, Texas, that if assembled properly, in accordance with Gatorade directions, the sign could not have fallen to the ground.  If the screws broke or came loose, it was Walmart’s duty to maintain the sign to ensure the safety of their customers.

Due to Walmart’s failure to preserve the Gatorade display, the Court instructed the jury that it could infer negligence if it found the incident would not normally happen absent negligence and the display was in the exclusive control of Walmart.

The Jury deliberated 4 hours and found Walmart 90% at fault for the severe injuries of its customer. Mr. Papakalodoukas has endured three major surgeries in two years due to the negligence of Wal-Mart. During the final surgery, doctors inserted a cadaver achilles tendon into his arm to assist in restoring strength optimal function.

Walmart hired Dr. Zeide, an orthopedist commonly hired by Walmart and other defendants on the Treasure  Coast,  to opine Mr. Papakalodoukas was not injured in the violent fall, and that all of his surgeries were due to an existing disease.  Dr. Zeide has never seen the patient, nor did he know what his current condition was. Instead, Dr. Zeide based his opinion on medical records of other doctors from the past. However, when cross-examined, Dr Zeide admitted Mr. Papakalodoukas did not have any tendon or shoulder pain before the fall and that the pain started after the fall. Dr. Zeide admitted he was no longer a surgeon even though the first line on his resume states “Orthopedic Surgery”.  Dr. Zeide offered an opinion Mr. Papakalodoukas could work, even though the patient’s own treating surgeon had not yet cleared him for work.

 Mr. Papakalodoukas has been left with a lifelong defect called a “popeye deformity,” which is a malformed right bulging bicep tendon that creates abnormal bulges on his arm.  Due to this fact, he has not been able to return to his former work as a beverage distribution manager.      

 Through the efforts of Gloria Seidule, her client received a 1.287 million dollar verdict after the jury found Walmart was responsible for failing to keep its store clean and safe for its customers. Walmart denied liability and blamed her client for his injury. She was able to prove that Walmart failed to preserve evidence and was at fault for the sign falling to the floor causing very serious injuries to her client.

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Pharmacy Negligence - Multiple Clients Blinded by Eye Injections

A local eye doctor was indicted for Medicare fraud for falsely diagnosing patients and injecting their eyes for no reason. The doctor would then bill Medicare for treatment that was unnecessary, resulting in $105 million in Medicare payments of mostly fraudulent billing.  As part of this horrendous scheme, the doctor purchased vials of medication that were meant for single usage, shipped them to a “pharmacy”, paid the pharmacy to separate the vials into multiple vials against the manufacturer’s recommendations, and charge Medicare for each vial at a single dosage price.  In the process of carrying out this fraud, approximately 40 patients received injections from vials that had become contaminated at the pharmacy. Gloria Seidule represented multiple patients who lost their eyesight due to infections. The case was rapidly resolved after intensive research into the doctor’s scheme and the pharmacy’s negligence in repackaging the vials.  

Medicare fraud is usually only the tip of the iceberg when it relates to negligence. GloriaLaw is seeing more and more medical fraud cases that have malpractice underlying the fraudulent schemes.  Unfortunately, the Florida State Department of Health allows doctors to continuing practicing medicine after they have been convicted of fraud.  The only way to regulate them is to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Gloria Seidule is committed to justice against doctors and hospitals who are guilty of fraud and malpractice. The time to bring your case is limited, so do not delay in calling if you believe you have been the victim of one of these fraudulent schemes, medical malpractice, or pharmaceutical negligence.

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14 Year Old Girl Sexually Abused by her English Teacher

School Board Settlement $325,000, Exceeding the Damage Cap

A freshman in a St Lucie County School was repeatedly sexually abused by her English teacher on campus and during school hours. The school district had notice the teacher was acting sexually inappropriately with numerous girls 2 years earlier, but decided to handle the matter internally and deliberately broke Florida law by failing to report  suspected child abuse to the Department of Children and Families and the police. The teacher then became more brazen with his abuse and sexually abused 7 more girls. This time the police were notified by a parent. The school district had already approved the teacher’s “medical leave”. Had the parent not gone directly to the police, the school district would have been able to bury the allegations, and teacher would have been able to transfer to another school to teach without being caught. The teacher was eventually convicted and sentenced to consecutive life sentences. Gloria Seidule obtained evidence proving the school district knew of the sexual abuse and acted with deliberate indifference to the safety of the children in its care.

 

Florida law provides immunity to school districts and caps damages, regardless of the severity, at $200,000. It is extremely rare to get a recovery for a client over this damage cap. However, GloriaLaw successfully presented evidence to support 1983 and Title IX federal causes of action, eliminating the damage caps and obtaining a $325,000 settlement.

 

The client has now graduated high school and is heading to college. She bravely endured a criminal trial and civil litigation to pursue justice so that other children in St Lucie County would not be exposed to sexual predators posing as teachers in the school system.

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