Abby Resnick-Parigian is Counsel in the Mass Tort/Class Actions group at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Ms. Resnick-Parigian focuses her practice on asbestos litigation as well as defective drug and device litigation. Over the past 25 years, Ms. Resnick-Parigian and the Wilentz Mass Tort/Class Action group have recovered more than $1 billion dollars in aggregate settlements for their clients, who were injured by asbestos, defective drugs, defective medical devices, chemicals, and environmental pollution. Results achieved in prior matters are not meant to be a guarantee of success as the facts and legal circumstances vary from matter to matter.
With regard to her asbestos litigation practice, Ms. Resnick-Parigian represents trade workers, including insulators, plumbers, pipefitters, auto mechanics, and carpenters afflicted by occupational and environmental illnesses, such as asbestosis, certain cancers and mesothelioma.
In addition to asbestos litigation, Ms. Resnick-Parigian represents individuals who have been injured by defective devices, including hip and knee implants manufactured by DePuy, Stryker, and Zimmer, and others. Some of the defects include failure of the implants’ metal-on-metal compositions due to premature wearing as well as pitting, loosening, corrosion, infection, elevation of chromium and cobalt levels in the bloodstream, all requiring painful revision surgeries. Ms. Resnick-Parigian also represents individuals with IVC filters that have been associated with serious injuries due to the fracturing of the arms of the filter which have migrated through the blood, causing various injuries.
Ms. Resnick-Parigian also represents individuals who have suffered numerous injuries and complications due to defective hernia mesh implants manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Bard and Atrium. Complications include, but are not limited to, mesh migration, bowel obstructions, dense adhesions, chronic pain and other symptoms, requiring painful revision surgeries.
In connection with her defective drug litigation practice, Ms. Resnick-Parigian has represented victims of disabling and fatal injuries, including cancer, due to the drug manufacturers’ failure to adequately warn of the dangers associated with the ingestion of certain drugs. These defective drugs have included drugs for diabetes, atrial fibrillation and acid reflux.
On a pro bono basis, Ms. Resnick-Parigian represented two clients in the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Program: one had lost her husband when the North Tower collapsed; and another individual, who worked in the area of the World Trade Center, suffered serious lung disease from his inhalation of dust and debris when the Twin Towers collapsed. Both were awarded damages.
In the course of her practice in New York City, Ms. Resnick-Parigian participated in the Brooklyn Navy Yard asbestos trials in both New York Supreme Court and in the United States District Court, where she obtained combined verdicts in excess of $6 million dollars. In addition to her asbestos work, Ms. Resnick-Parigian successfully tried and settled cases in the areas of lead poisoning, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and numerous other plaintiff personal injury cases.
In 1996, Ms. Resnick-Parigian successfully tried and then retried a case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, involving a defective meat grinder, which caused her client’s hand to be amputated. The retrial resulted in a jury verdict in excess of $1 million dollars. The matter was appealed by the defendants. The meat grinder had been modified and its safety guard removed, but Ms. Resnick-Parigian argued that the manufacturer was still under a duty to warn of dangers associated with potential modifications after the sale of the product. The Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, agreed and new law in the state of New York was established regarding a manufacturer’s duty to warn of potential modifications. (In re Liriano v. Hobart Corp., 170 F3d 264 (2d Cir., 1999)).
Prior to her work at Wilentz, she practiced in New York City for eleven years as a trial attorney, and in Philadelphia for three years.
Ms. Resnick-Parigian has lectured in the area of breast implant litigation, products liability litigation and asbestos litigation. She also appeared on Court TV, as a participant in a mock mediation.