Matt Casey's long list of courtroom victories in all types of personal injury cases speaks for itself.
One glance at the latest list of cases that Casey resolved for record amounts provides a window into the success of his catastrophic injury practice. On behalf of individual clients, Casey very recently settled cases for $29 million, $26.5 million, $26.3 million, and $20 million. His clients in those cases range from individuals seriously injured as a result of hospital negligence to those who suffered brain and spinal cord injuries.
Most recently, Casey settled a landmark and record-setting bad-faith case against the largest insurance company in America for $22 million.
The case involved the insurer's refusal to pay a $250,000 policy to a man who was catastrophically injured in a Philadelphia car crash. The September 2014 settlement, which followed a $19.1 million verdict won by Casey in the case, is the largest insurance bad-faith settlement in Pennsylvania history, and the largest involving a motor vehicle in the nation, according to VerdictSearch, a leading publisher of verdicts and settlements (read about the Patrick Hennessy case).
In another record-setting case, Gustafsson v. Trigen-Philadelphia Energy Corp., Casey won a stunning $85 million compensatory damages verdict on behalf of Marcus Gustafsson, a 30-year-old University of Pennsylvania medical student who injured his spinal cord in a 20-foot fall through an open manhole.
Casey proved that the company that owned and operated manholes throughout the city had prior notice that its covers were being removed. Just moments before the jury announced its mammoth verdict, Casey, with his client's authority, rejected a $10 million settlement offer made by the AIG insurance company. According to Lawyers USA, the outcome was the largest personal injury verdict in the US for 2008. It is also the largest premises liability verdict in Pennsylvania history, and the second-largest compensatory verdict ever in the state (read about the case).
Currently, Casey is litigating other high-profile cases, including several involving children who suffered brain injuries as a result of medical negligence, and a major lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of a teenager who was traumatically injured in a crash caused by a defective ignition switch (read about the case). Casey is also representing the families of two young women -- Dr. Jennifer Sidari and Jessica Marie Gensel -- who died of brain hemorrhages at hospitals.
Casey gained national media attention for successfully litigating civil cases against Penn State University on behalf of seven sexual assault victims of former football coach Jerry Sandusky. Casey prominently represented Victim 2, the young boy molested in the university shower, as well as Victims 3, 7, and 10, Sandusky's adopted son, Matt Sandusky, and two others.
Ross Feller Casey handled more victim claims than any other single law firm and was integral in finalizing a $60 million global settlement with Penn State (read about the cases).
Casey won a $23.1 million verdict in a Lehigh County, Pa., case involving medical negligence by a home care nurse who failed to properly evaluate and timely report Sharlee Ann Smoyer's infected catheter. The delay led to a bloodstream infection that ultimately caused Smoyer, 55, to have both legs amputated below the knees.
The 8-figure verdict in 2011 was among the highest ever for a medical malpractice case in Lehigh County and was among the highest verdicts of its kind in Pennsylvania over the past decade (read about the case).
Just months earlier, Casey won a $10 million verdict for a 63-year-old man who was misdiagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Casey successfully argued that his client, Eric Davenport, never suffered from the fatal neuromuscular disease and that the misdiagnosis delayed treatment for his actual condition, a spinal cord compression. Davenport, as a result, will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. The verdict against a noted ALS specialist was nearly twice the largest medical malpractice verdict in Philadelphia for all of 2010 (read about the case).
In September of 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the final defense appeal and Davenport recovered the full amount of the jury's verdict, plus interest, which totaled in excess of $11.7 million.
Casey won a $6.4 million verdict for the children of a Philadelphia man who died as a result of medical negligence.
Two Temple University Hospital emergency room doctors misdiagnosed Derrick Harlem's heart condition as pneumonia and discharged him only for him to die of a massive heart attack months later, the jury found. Handed down in May 2012, the verdict is among the largest in years in Pennsylvania for a medical malpractice case involving a death. The verdict was paid in full (read about the case).
Casey obtained a $10 million settlement in a case of a 40-year-old welder who was killed when a pressurized tank he was working on exploded. Reached after the second day of trial testimony, the settlement is one of the largest ever reported in Pennsylvania for a product liability case involving a single death (read about the case).
Casey has a proven record of taking on the tough cases with tenacity and has never shied from the powerful entities he faces.
When Jeffrey Davis was killed in an oil refinery explosion at Motiva Enterprises in Delaware City, Delaware, Casey, as co-counsel with another lawyer, spearheaded the discovery in the ensuing wrongful death case.
Casey analyzed more than 40,000 documents and probed beyond the cursory look that the state and federal agencies had taken when investigating the case. The effort revealed that a corroded tank had leaked hydrogen and that this hydrogen was the source of the explosion. Casey also proved that Motiva had been aware of the inherent danger. The case was settled for a stunning $36.4 million, ranking nationwide among the largest single-victim settlements ever for a wrongful death case.
Findings uncovered by the case led to the passage of a new Delaware law governing aboveground storage tanks. It also caught the eye of Philadelphia Magazine, which in 2003 placed Casey among its "It List" of people to watch, tapping him as "The Lawyer" in Philadelphia who would become a household name in the next decade.
The magazine also highlighted Casey's work in another case, in which he and another lawyer recovered $10.5 million in a product liability case for the family of a kindergartener who was killed when a folding table collapsed on him in a Philadelphia school cafeteria.
Through intensive analysis of thousands of documents and dozens of his depositions, Casey discovered that Midwest Folding Products had been aware of the safety problems connected with its folding tables. In order that other children could also be warned about the potential danger of the folding tables, the settlement in the highly publicized Cozzolino case was not kept confidential.
Casey also served as lead counsel or co-counsel on a series of other cases that resulted in impressive victories. Among them:
- A $29.6 million settlement in the Pier 34 collapse in Philadelphia, which killed three people and injured dozens of others.
- A $22.9 million settlement in a premises liability case.
- A $19.1 million verdict in a case of a women who was struck by a vehicle as she worked along a roadside construction site in Hazleton, Pa.
- A $12.25 million pre-verdict settlement for a toddler who fell from a window at an apartment complex in Philadelphia when a screen popped out of its casting.
- An $8 million settlement for a 23-year-old man injured in a workplace accident.
- A $6.6 million verdict for the family of an 8-year-old boy who drowned at a summer camp after lifeguards at his abandoned their post.
- A $6.25 million settlement in a medical malpractice case for a 70-year-old man against a vascular surgeon.
- A $6 million settlement in a medical malpractice case involving fatal emergency room negligence.
- A $5 million settlement for the delay in the diagnosis of a woman's leg infection.
- A $2.7 million verdict for the family of a women who died after her bowel was perforated during elective surgery. The outcome was the largest medical malpractice verdict for a case involving death in the history of Lackawanna County, Pa.
Geographically, Casey's success includes victories in regions of Pennsylvania not known as friendly venues for personal injury cases.
For instance, he achieved a $1.5 million settlement in 2004 for the family of a learning-disabled woman who died after giving birth. It is one of the largest medical malpractice settlements ever achieved in Pennsylvania's conservative-leaning Franklin County.
Also that year, Casey won a $5.2 million verdict for a 76-year-old woman who suffered a stroke because doctors improperly read her test results. It was among the largest medical malpractice verdicts in the state in 2004.
Casey graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Martindale-Hubbell has recognized Casey with a "Preeminent" AV peer rating, the highest possible evaluation.