In his three decades as a lawyer, Robert Ross's work on catastrophic personal injury cases has resulted in more than half a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Among his impressive list of courtroom victories are some of the largest recoveries of their kind in the region.
Most recently, Ross in April 2016 won an astonishing $44.1 million verdict on behalf of a Philadelphia woman who suffered a brain injury as a result of medical negligence at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ross convinced the jury that doctors at the hospital failed to recognize the adverse reaction Andrea Tate was having to the anti-coagulant drug heparin before she suffered a catastrophic brain hemorrhage in September 2011. As a result, Tate is unable to feed herself, walk or use the toilet.
The Legal Intelligencer reported that the outcome in Tate v. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is the biggest verdict in Pennsylvania so far this year, and was more than double the top medical malpractice award in the state for all of 2015 (read about the case).
Over the past two years alone, Ross recovered more than $150 million on behalf of individual clients.
Included among those other cases are the following:
- $17.8 million for an amputation injury
- $12.9 million for a wrongful death involving a medication error
- $8.5 million for neurologic injuries resulting from medical malpractice
- $8.4 million for neurologic injuries to a newborn
- $6 million for a delay in diagnosing a cancerous tumor
- $5 million wrongful death recovery for a heart attack suffered after discharge from an emergency room
- $4.45 million wrongful death recovery for the failure to timely diagnose an infection
- $4.2 million wrongful death recovery for the failure to timely diagnose and treat sepsis
- $4 million wrongful death recovery for the failure to timely diagnose and treat colon cancer
Ross was lead trial counsel in a case that resulted in one of the largest personal injury verdicts ever in New Jersey. The case involved an immigrant from El Salvador who gave birth at the Atlantic City Medical Center and suffered extensive blood loss after the delivery. It took more than an hour for blood to arrive for a transfusion. As a result, the woman suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage. The jury awarded $22 million in the case (read about the case).
Ross also won an $18.5 million jury verdict in a Pennsylvania case of medical negligence involving a 6-year-old girl. Doctors failed to consult a pediatric cardiac surgeon and failed to remove two benign tumors on the girl's heart. As a result, she suffered neurologic injuries and was forced to undergo a heart transplant, which greatly reduced her life expectancy (read about the case).
Ross has also built a long resume of successful cases involving amputations, both as a result of medical malpractice and accidents.
In one remarkable courtroom victory, Ross was co-trial counsel in a case resulting in a $51 million verdict for a 4-year-old boy whose foot was torn off by a defective Philadelphia subway escalator.
Ross's cross examination at trial of a key SEPTA official brought to light that the transit agency withheld documents, tampered with evidence and obstructed the legal process in the case. Those revelations prompted the trial judge to impose a $1 million contempt citation on SEPTA (read about the case).
In another impressive victory, Ross represented a podiatrist whose foot was amputated as a result of medical malpractice. The woman developed a hospital-based infection, which went undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in the amputation. A jury returned a $20.8 million verdict in the Philadelphia medical malpractice case (read about the case).
Ross also secured $8 million for a factory worker who suffered an amputation after he became entrapped in a straightening machine he was operating. Through an extensive investigation, Ross was able to prove that the machine had been modified and necessary safety pieces were removed, allowing the man to become entrapped.
Ross gained national attention for a case involving a peanut allergy that proved fatal for a young boy.
In the case, Ross successfully argued that the boy's pediatricians and allergist were negligent for failing to warn his parents about the life-threatening nature of his allergy. Also, they failed to order an EpiPen, which could have prevented the boy from suffering anaphylactic shock and brain damage from eating peanuts.
A jury returned a $10 million verdict. A month later, the prestigious National Law Journal selected Ross as "Litigator of the Month" (read about this case).
In another headline-making case, Ross convinced a jury that a woman who died of malaria was prescribed the wrong medication by her doctor and that her disease was not timely diagnosed or treated. A $5.8 million verdict was returned in the case (read about the case).
Ross has secured numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries in cases involving birth injuries, helping families to afford large medical and treatment costs for their children.
In one such case, Ross recovered $12 million for the family of a young boy who was born with neurologic injuries as a result of a negligently performed pre-natal procedure.
Ross also recovered $7 million for the family of a boy who was born with cerebral palsy and other medical issues. During delivery, doctors failed to recognize the signs of fetal distress and failed to act quickly enough to perform a cesarean section.
Recently, Ross recovered $9.3 million for a Philadelphia woman who was paralyzed following spinal injections (read about the story).
In his three decades as an attorney, Ross has represented clients in nearly every aspect of personal injury law, including premises liability cases.
For example, Ross recovered $10 million for the family of a young girl who drowned in a swimming pool.
In his career, Ross has also teamed with other lawyers to achieve spectacular results:
- $29.6 million settlement for the Pier 34 collapse in Philadelphia that killed three and injured dozens of others
- $25 million verdict in a medical malpractice case of a female doctor who died after a routine fertility procedure.
- $15 million verdict for a Down Syndrome baby who suffered severe injury after medical errors were made during surgery.
In February 2012, Ross's record as a litigator caught the attention of The South Jersey Journal, which ran a cover story exploring: "What Makes Robert Ross So Determined?" at "one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the field." (read story here)
Ross is a fellow of several prestigious legal organizations, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, which limits membership to merely one percent of the lawyers in each state, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. This exclusive group is limited to 500 attorneys nationwide and Ross is one of only 56 from Pennsylvania.
As a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Ross helped revise and update the Rules of Court under which lawyers practice in Pennsylvania.
Ross graduated from Cornell Law School in 1986 and Lafayette College in 1983.
Before founding Ross Feller Casey along with Joel Feller and Matt Casey, Ross was a partner in three other Philadelphia law firms: Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman and Cohen; Fox Rothschild; and Kline & Specter.
Ross is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and New Jersey bar associations, the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Associations, ATLA/NJ, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.