Michael B. Ronemus

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in New York, New York

Ronemus & Vilensky
Michael B. Ronemus
Ronemus & Vilensky

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1984

Education: New York University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Ronemus & Vilensky

112 Madison Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016 Visit website


Michael B. Ronemus is a partner at the New York, New York-based law firm Ronemus & Vilensky, LLP. As a former medical school student, Mr. Ronemus possesses unique knowledge and insight that he applies to deftly litigating medical malpractice and personal injury cases. With more than 25 years of experience, he has successfully tried more than 100 cases and obtained millions of dollars in awards for clients with diverse litigation needs throughout New York. He primarily focuses his practice on cases of medical malpractice related to Erb's palsy and cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, construction accidents, automobile accidents and lead poisoning.

Mr. Ronemus earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado in 1977 before attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He then obtained his Juris Doctor at New York University School of Law in 1983 and became licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts; in 1987, he was also admitted to practice in the state of Connecticut. Before joining Ronemus & Vilensky, he worked as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn and was an associate with Landau & Miller of New York.

The New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice have invited Mr. Ronemus to lecture on the topics of medical malpractice, negligent security cases, motor vehicle law and insurance law. He is also an active member of several professional organizations, including the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association's Medical Malpractice Committee and the American Association for Justice.

Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Dental malpractice, Medical malpractice, Birth injury, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis, Assault, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Toxic mold, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 50% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1984, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.ronvil.com/about/michael-ronemus/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer, Motor Vehicle Law, Insurance Law, Negligent Security Cases, and Medical Malpractice, The Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Spoke about how to effectively try a case, Speaker, Lecturer, NY Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Lecturer, Motor Vehicle Law, Insurance Law, Negligent Security Cases, and Medical Malpractice, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer, Motor Vehicle Law, Insurance Law, Negligent Security Cases, and Medical Malpractice, American Association for Justice
Educational Background:
  • University School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • University of Colorado, B.S., 1977
  • Honorary Chairman for the Brain Injury Association of New York, Honorary Chairman, 2019
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Gave out over 200 gifts this Christmas to kids in need in Harlem., 2019
  • Donated bags for fundraiser for the Brain Injury Association of New York, 2019
  • $5.1 settlement for injuries sustained when our client was hit by an MTA truck while he was suspended fixing a traffic light. , 2019
  • $2 million settlement for injuries sustained when our client was hit by an MTA truck on his way home from work. , 2019
  • $450k settlement for injuries sustained from a train derailment. Our client sued Metro North. , 2019
  • $900,000.00 for a 60 year old woman from Staten Island who undergoes a gallbladder surgery.  In doing the surgery the surgeons nick what is called the common bile duct.  She spills fluids into her belly causing perontinits. She ends up with liver damage and needs 2 subsequent surgeries  , 2018
  • $900k settlement for a wrongful death caused by a fall on a sub standard and slippery staircase in Burger King restaurant., 2019
  • $150,000 for a 9 year old girl who was playing in a City park in the Bronx.  The steel swinging door to the park was old and rusty and we contended that it swung back too fast hitting her in the finger causing her to lose a tiny part of her nail bed on one finger., 2018
  • $750,000 for an IV infiltration of a baby’s left ankle. Child born at Bronx Leb Hospital and needed an IV. An IV infiltration is where a nurse places the IV in the wrong spot.  The liquid from the IV escaped into the tissues and caused a burn of the baby’s ankle resulting in scarring, 2017
  • $550,000.00 for a 60 year old obese woman who underwent knee surgery at Lincoln Hospital.  She develops an infection that isn’t recognized and goes on to have 3 subsequent surgeries.  She now walks with a slight limp.  , 2018
  • $7 million for a brain damaged infant.  Born at Montefiore hospital we contended that the fetal monitor strips showed signs of distress that should have led the doctors to do a C section.  Infant has Cerebral palsy and will never live a normal life.  , 2018
  • $600,000 for a 70 year old man who went to see his primary doctor in Staten Island.  Doctor did EKG which was read as normal.  Guy went home and the next day collapsed at home. Autopsy showed he had artery blockage, which if diagnosed could have been operated on and saved his life.  Left wife and no children., 2018
  • $300,000 for a 21 year old girl who spent the night drinking and then ran across 57th Street at 3 am and didn’t realize a garbage truck was coming.  She was hit and killed.  We contended that the truck should have seen her and bene able to stop in time.  , 2018
  • $565,000 for a 45 woman who had to undergo chemo therapy for cancer at Bellevue Hosp.  The chemo drugs caused her to become constipated.  A nurse placed an enema in her colon and perforated her colon.  She underwent surgery to repair the colon, known as a colostomy and then had to undergo surgery to put the colon back together again., 2018
  • $1.7 million settlement for a delivery truck driver who tripped in a hole in a defective sidewalk and fell and the jack he was pulling fell onto his foot causing disabling reflex sympathetic dystrophy nerve injury to his foot. The settlement payments were shared between the City of New York and the corporate property owner.  , 2018
  • $10.8 million verdict for a traumatic brain injury case.  Our client, a 26 year-old college physics student, who also worked as an actress, a model, and as an executive assistant, was hit by another car while in a NYC taxi. Our client’s head struck the plexiglass divider behind the driver’s seat. She was treated and released from the hospital, but continued to have headaches and cognitive difficulties. She returned to the hospital and was found to have slight bleeding of the brain and was admitted for four days for observation. Plaintiff’s doctors said she developed a traumatic brain injury (TBI) known as the “silent epidemic” because its effects are not immediately obvious to a stranger. She returned to college but was unable to graduate due to inability to read or remember. She has tried to work several jobs, but has been unable to hold a job. Her doctors said she is permanently disabled and can’t work. The jury awarded a total of $10.8 million dollars. This included $1.2 million in lost earnings, $6 million in future medical costs, $3.6 million in pain and suffering., 2013
  • Confidential settlement for a patient who was dropped off of an operating room table and sustained traumatic brain injury.  The patient was having injection into his spine for a prior spinal injury and when he was being transferred off of the table, the stretcher wheels were not locked and he fell between the operating room table and the stretcher.  He sustained persistent serious headaches and also vertigo which prevented him from driving and performing the other activities he previously performed., 2018
  • $4.25 million settlement for a physician who was struck by a stop sign that blew over and struck her on her head on a windy day.  She sustained traumatic brain injury, and although was able to continue working, her injuries prevented her from performing all of the many duties she performed before the accident., 2018
  • Confidential Settlement of electrical injury and brain injury to employee who suffered electrical shock when he turned a key to turn on a freight elevator that was improperly wired.  He sustained disabling injuries and medical bills of approximately one million dollars that were paid by worker’s compensation.  , 2018
  • $6 Million Verdict for Brain Injury Our client, a 38 year-old high school guidance counselor, sustained brain injury (TBI) after being struck in the head by a door. The client walked through the left door of a pair of swinging doors while walking downstairs during a fire alarm. To get downstairs, he was required to walk in front of the right door, which was pushed by a student and struck our client in the head. Over several months, he lost his balance, developed the inability to speak properly, and became hypersensitive to noises. He has been disabled since the accident and now receives social security disability. The jury found that the Board of Education was responsible for maintaining a dangerous and defective door and awarded a total of $6 million in compensation., 2015
  • $4.48 Million Settlement for Medical Malpractice Our client was admitted into the hospital six days earlier than her due date diagnosed as suffering from preeclampsia. Labor was induced and despite the fact that the fetal monitor showed increasing signs of fetal distress a cesarean section was ordered and then cancelled. When the cesarean section was again ordered it was not until 9 hours later that it was performed. Our client’s daugnter was born with no respiration and a very low heart rate. As she developed it became apparent that the baby suffered from cognitive defects as well as severe hearing impairment and could only walk with braces. The parties settled before jury selection and agreed to pay $4,475,000 with an eventual payment to our client of over $37 million., 2014
  • $7.4 Million Verdict for Brain Injury Our client, a 28-year-old female accountant, sustained a brain injury when she was struck while crossing in a crosswalk. The driver claimed that she ran out between parked cars. Our client did not recall the accident, but remembered standing on the corner waiting for the walk light. She struck her head on the ground and was later diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). She had recently been hired to work at a large accounting firm, and tried for two years to work, but was unable to do so due to concentration and memory problems. She was later diagnosed with traumatically induced epilepsy and is on social security disability. The jury found the van driver and his employer responsible and awarded a total of $7.4 million for past and future pain and suffering and economic losses.
  • Settle Wrongful Death Case for $5. 5 million A 44-year-old electrician, who was married and the father of two young children, was hit by an MTA bus while fixing the electrical and signal location under the LIRR. He was suspended above the intersection of a divided highway on a scissor lift and was supposed to be protected by a flagman directing traffic around the lift. However, the deceased’s co-worker decided to continue working without this person in place. Attorneys Michael Ronemus and Robert Vilensky brought action against the driver of the bus, the owner of the bus (MTA), LIRR, NYC, NYCTA, F&S Contracting, Greater Jamaica Development Corp., Pride Equipment Corp., the lessor of the lift and the manufacturer of the lift (JLG Industries). Ronemus & Vilensky brought in four experts to testify in the case, including a transportation expert; construction expert; a pathology expert; and an economic advisor. At jury selection, the case settled with third party defendant, Egg Electric paying $5.1 million and the MTA paying $350k.  , 2015
  • $9.9 Million in Personal Injury Lawsuit When an accident happens, an individual’s life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Take, for example, the case of Rose Nudelman, a photographer and multi-media artist who was dependent on her mobility and manual dexterity to make a living. Ms. Nudelman was ascending a Costco escalator in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, when the mechanism intended to lock her shopping cart in place failed. The packed cart, which became dislodged, fell back onto the woman, causing injuries that have disrupted her personal life and have prevented her from being able to work. Ms. Nudelman developed a rare neurological condition called complex regional pain syndrome following the accident. “I am no longer able to pursue my avocation as a multimedia artist,” she said recently, in an article by Selim Algar in the New York Post. Once able to dance and move freely, the 52 year-old woman now relies on a cane to get from place to place, and faces mounting medical bills, as well as daily pain and suffering. Michael Ronemus, who represented Ms. Nudelman in her case against the well-known chain store, fought for an outcome that would award the working mother some assistance with these issues. The jury not only found Nudelman’s claims to be believable, they also awarded her $9,903,825., 2013
  • $5 Million Verdict for Medical Malpractice Our client suffered a stroke and was left unattended for six hours in a hospital emergency room hallway. The ER doctor ordered a CAT scan, but hospital employees said that the CAT scanner was not operating properly. The patient was finally transferred to another hospital, where the stroke was diagnosed and an operation was performed to attempt to remove a blood clot from his brain. However, due to the delay in treatment, our client’s condition deteriorated and he died after living six months in a nursing home. Our client had worked as a dental technician and earned approximately $25,000 annually. He had lived with and helped to support his 80 year-old father. The medical malpractice Lawyers at Ronvil Law firm in New York City, were able to win the client $5 Million dollars in this NYC medical malpractice lawsuit., 2013
  • $4.75 Million Settlement for Lead Poisoning An infant and her family moved into an apartment where paint chips started to fall off the walls. The infant plaintiff ingested the paint chips causing the lead to go to the child’s brain. The child is in special education with reading and math difficulties., 2014
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Honorary Chairman of the Brain Injury Association of New York, 2019
  • Member of the National Trial Lawyers Association top 100 lawyers in New York, 2018
  • Board of directors for the American Association of Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.  , 2018
  • New York, 1984
  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Medical Malpractice Committee, New York State Bar Association
  • Member of Ethical Issues in Brain Injury Litigation
  • Connecticut, 1987
  • Member, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the American Association of Justice, 2013
  • Massachusetts, 1984
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • New York Trial Lawyer guest speaker on the following topics: 1. How to Select a Jury 2. Trial Practice (seminar) 3. How to Try Your First Case 4. Optaining Maximum Value at Trial, 2013

Office location for Michael B. Ronemus

112 Madison Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-779-7070

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