Abby Resnick-Parigian is Counsel in the Woodbridge office of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., concentrating in the area of toxic tort litigation and products liability. These areas of litigation include representation of individuals afflicted with occupational and environmental illnesses, such as asbestosis, certain cancers and mesothelioma. Ms. Resnick-Parigian also represents individuals harmed by defective products and pharmaceuticals. Prior to her work with this firm, she practiced in New York City for eleven years as a trial attorney, and in Philadelphia, for three years preceding that time.
Specifically, Ms. Resnick-Parigian is handling cases for individuals who were injured by defective hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics and Stryker Corporation. These metal on metal hip implants, are made up of a ball which replaces the ball at the top of the thigh bone (femur) as well as a cup which acts as the socket. Both of these components are made of metal. The repeated contact of these two metal surfaces can result in premature failing of the implant as well as pitting, loosening, corrosion, infection as well as elevated levels of chromium or cobalt in the bloodstream, requiring painful revision surgeries.
Ms. Resnick-Parigian also handles cases for individuals injured by defective knee implants manufactured by Zimmer. Certain of their Nex Gen knee systems have been linked to premature failures and loosening, requiring painful revision surgeries.
Ms. Resnick-Parigian also handles defective drug litigation, such as actions against the maker of the diabetes drug Actos. Actos has been linked to bladder cancer when taken for a year or longer. Individuals suffering from Type 2 Diabetes were often prescribed this drug to lower blood sugar levels. The lawsuits allege that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn of the potential dangers from taking Actos.
On a pro bono basis, Ms. Resnick-Parigian represented two clients in the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Program, one of whom had lost her husband when the North Tower collapsed and one individual who worked in the area of the World Trade Center and 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 as well as in the United States District Court, where she helped to obtain combined verdicts in excess of $6 million. In addition to her asbestos work, Ms. Resnick-Parigian successfully settled and/or tried cases in the areas of products liability, lead poisoning, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls and numerous other plaintiff personal injury cases.
In 1996, Ms. Resnick-Parigian tried and retried a products liability action in New York's United States District Court, Southern District, with a verdict in excess of $1 million, which resulted in precedent-setting law in New York regarding the liability of manufacturers of defective products.
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.
She is a past member of the New York State Trial Lawyers' Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New York, the New York Women's Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Products Liability Committee.
She is a present member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association and New Jersey Association for Justice.
Area of Emphasis:
Defective Hip and Knee Implants
Drug Litigation (Actos)