Noteworthy Cases Represented by Ross Feller Casey, LLP
Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal
Ross Feller Casey, LLP successfully represented seven victims in the Jerry Sandusky Child Sexual Abuse case against Penn State University—more than any other single firm. The victims included those identified as Victim 2, Victim 3, Victim 7, Victim 10, Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt Sandusky, as well as others.
Founding Partners Joel Feller and Matt Casey, representing the victims in settlements reach with Penn State in August 2013.
Mariah Edwards and Abington Surgical Center
Ross Feller Casey founding partner Joel J. Feller obtained a seven-figure recovery in an emotional medical negligence case on behalf of the parents of a 17-year-old girl who tragically died after undergoing a routine procedure.
Mariah Edwards underwent an ordinary tonsillectomy on March 20, 2012 at the Abington Surgical Center and was moved to the out-patient facility’s post-anesthesia care unit, or PACU, where she was to be closely monitored. Shortly after arriving at the PACU and receiving Fentanyl, a narcotic known for depressing respiratory function, Mariah was left unmonitored by nurses assigned to her. Nurses failed to recognize Mariah’s deteriorating respiratory condition, which was catastrophically left untreated.
Feller later uncovered that nurses failed to take any vital signs during Mariah’s time in the PACU and that her monitoring equipment was muted, ignored or not properly set. For Mariah, the dreadful consequence of such neglect was a prolonged period of oxygen deprivation and an irreversible brain injury, resulting in her death on April 3, 2012.
The case resulted in a recovery of $6 million for Mariah’s parents as well as a series of policy changes meant to better serve the safety of patients at Abington Surgical Center.
Gustafsson v. Exelon Corp.
Matt Casey won a dramatic $85 million compensatory damage verdict in a high-profile case in a Philadelphia courtroom that featured a last-minute twist that appeared ripped from a Hollywood script.
The plaintiff, Marcus Gustafsson, a 30-year-old University of Pennsylvania medical student, injured his spinal cord in a 20-foot fall through an open manhole in Center City. At trial, Casey proved that the company that owned and operated manholes throughout the city had prior notice that its covers were being removed.
As the jury was about to render its verdict, the insurance carrier for the defense made a large settlement offer—$10 million. With his client’s authority, Casey rejected the offer. Moments later, the panel announced the staggering verdict.
At $85 million, it went on to become the largest personal injury verdict in the US for 2008 and remains the largest premises liability verdict in Pennsylvania history.
Smoyer v. St. Luke’s Miners Memorial Home Care, et al
Matt Casey won a major victory in a Lehigh County courtroom in 2011 for a woman who lost both her legs as a result of medical negligence.
Sharlee Ann Smoyer suffered a near fatal blood infection after a home care nurse failed to properly evaluate and timely report an infected catheter. The delay ultimately caused Smoyer, a 55-year-old former nurse, to have both legs amputated below the knees.
Casey convinced a jury that Smoyer would still have her legs if not for the medical errors in her treatment.
At $23.1 million, the verdict is among the largest ever for a medical malpractice case in Lehigh County, and it went on to become the second highest personal injury verdict in all of Pennsylvania for 2011.
Gomez v. Atlantic City Medical Center, et al
Robert Ross was the lead trial attorney in a record-setting case in New Jersey in which a woman lost half her blood while waiting for a transfusion during child birth.
Ana Gomez, an El Salvadorian immigrant, gave birth to a healthy baby girl, but suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage while waiting for a blood transfusion at the Atlantic City Medical Center. Ross successfully proved, among other things, that the blood bank failed to implement a plan for such emergency delivery of blood.
The jury awarded $22 million in the case, making it the largest personal injury verdict in New Jersey in all of 2003.