Matthew Casey is a founding partner of Ross Feller Casey, LLP, whose practice includes every area of catastrophic injury litigation, including workplace injuries, medical malpractice, toxic tort and product liability.
He has built an impressive list of record-setting results as a catastrophic injury lawyer in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.
His courtroom victories speak for themselves:
Casey won an astonishing $85 million compensatory damages verdict in a Philadelphia premises liability case in 2008 for his client, Marcus Gustafsson. A 30 year-old University of Pennsylvania medical student, Gustafsson injured his spinal cord in a 20-foot fall through an open Center City manhole.
The company that owned and operated manholes throughout Philadelphia had prior notice that its covers were being removed, Casey proved during the three week trial.
With just moments before the jury announced its staggering verdict, Casey, with his client's authority, rejected the insurance company's final $10 million settlement offer. Lawyers USA noted that the outcome was the largest personal injury verdict in the entire US for 2008. It remains the largest premises liability verdict in Pennsylvania history, and ranks as the second-largest compensatory verdict ever in the state (read about this case).
Most recently, Casey, along with founding partner Joel Feller, 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 Victim 3, Victim 7, and Victim 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 what has been reported as a $60 million global settlement with Penn State (read about this case).
In May 2013, Casey won a $19.1 million verdict for a man who was struck by a vehicle as he was trying to push a disabled car to the side of the road in Philadelphia. As a result of the crash, Patrick Hennessy suffered severe injuries and eventually was forced to undergo an above-the-knee amputation of his right leg (read about this case).
In another amputation-related case, Casey won a $23.1 million verdict in Lehigh County, Pa. for a 55-year-old woman. In that case, a home care nurse failed to properly evaluate and timely report Sharlee Ann Smoyer's infected catheter. The delay led to a bloodstream infection that ultimately caused Smoyer to have both legs amputated below the knees.
The (Allentown) Morning Call reported that the 8-figure, September 2011 verdict was among the highest ever for a medical malpractice case in Lehigh County (read the story). The Legal Intelligencer also noted it was among the highest verdicts of its kind in Pennsylvania over the past decade (read the story).
Just months earlier in 2011, 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 April 2011 verdict against a noted ALS specialist, Dr. Leo McCluskey, was nearly twice the largest medical malpractice verdict in Philadelphia for all of 2010 (read about this case).
In September of 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the final appeal by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and McCluskey. Davenport will now recover the full amount of the jury's verdict, plus interest, which totals in excess of $11.7 million.
In May of 2012, 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.
The verdict is among the highest awards for a medical malpractice case involving a death in years in the state (read about this case).
Casey obtained a $10 million settlement in a 2010 case of a welder who was killed when a high-pressure tank exploded.
The settlement, which was reached after several days of trial testimony, is one of the largest ever reported in Pennsylvania for a product liability case involving a single death (read about this case).
Time and time again, Casey has successfully taken on the tough cases and has never shied when going up against powerful opponents.
Such was the case in 2001 when Casey, as co-counsel with another attorney, spearheaded the investigation into a fatal oil refinery explosion at Motiva Enterprises in Delaware City, Delaware. Casey took dozens of depositions and personally analyzed more than 40,000 documents in his probe that went far beyond the cursory look that government agencies gave the accident.
Casey's efforts revealed that the source of the explosion was a corroded tank that had leaked hydrogen. He also proved that Motiva had been aware of the inherent danger that caused the explosion.
Casey's tenacity led to a remarkable $36.4 million settlement for the family of Jeffrey Davis, who died in the explosion. It ranks nationally among the largest settlements ever for a wrongful death case involving a single victim.
In the end, Casey's findings also brought about the passage of a new Delaware law governing aboveground storage tanks.
And it also caught the attention of Philadelphia Magazine. In 2003, the magazine placed Casey among its "It List" of people to watch, describing him as "The Lawyer" in Philadelphia and predicting that he would become a household name in the next decade (read about this case).
The magazine also highlighted another case Casey worked on. Serving as co-counsel, Casey helped recover $10.5 million for the family of a kindergartener at a Philadelphia school who was killed when a cafeteria folding table collapsed on him. Again, Casey pored through thousands of records and took dozens of depositions to discover that Midwest Folding Products had been aware of safety problems connected with their folding tables.
So other children could be warned about the potential danger of the folding tables, the settlement in the highly publicized Cozzolino product liability case was not kept confidential (read about this case).
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 (read about this case).
- 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, and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Martindale-Hubbell has recognized Casey with a "Preeminent" AV peer rating, the highest possible rating.
In 2013, Casey was selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as among the Top 100 attorneys in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Every year since 2008, the publication has named him a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, and from 2005 to 2007, he had been tapped as a legal Rising Star.
In 2006 and 2007, Casey was also honored by his appointment to Judicial Council of Pennsylvania, an advisory body that assists the state's highest court in managing complex administrative issues.
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