A new study estimates that as many as 440,000 Americans die each year from preventable hospital errors, making medical malpractice the third leading cause of death in the nation behind only heart disease and cancer.
Other recent research by The New England Journal of Medicine found that three out of four US doctors will be sued for medical malpractice at some point in their careers.
Medical malpractice can result from any number of causes, including improper use of a medical device, surgical error, hospital-based infections, and misdiagnosis or failure to treat in a timely manner. The complex nature of such cases underscores the need for hiring experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia to handle your case.
Ross Feller Casey is uniquely qualified to litigate the most intricate medical malpractice lawsuits, in part because of its team of doctor-lawyers. It has three nationally recognized physicians right on staff -- two of whom are also lawyers -- who help legally diagnose and care for medical malpractice cases from their inception.
Together, Drs. Charles H. Bowers, Mark A. Hoffman and Gerald B. Parker III have 90 years of experience in transplant and trauma surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and internal medicine.
The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Ross Feller Casey handle cases throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the nation and have achieved a remarkable record of results.
Founding partner Matt Casey won a $23.1 million verdict in Lehigh County for a 55-year-old woman who lost both her legs as a result of medical negligence. The 2011 case involved a home care nurse who failed to properly evaluate and timely report an infected catheter resulting in a life-threatening bloodstream infection. The verdict was among the highest in Pennsylvania for a medical malpractice case over the past decade (read about this case).
Just months earlier, Casey won a $10 million verdict for a man who was misdiagnosed with having Lou Gehrig's disease when he actually had spinal cord compression. As a result, the man will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. The verdict was nearly double the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in Philadelphia for all of 2010 (read about this case).
Founding partner Robert Ross won a $22 million verdict after convincing a New Jersey jury that a woman suffered cardiac arrest, a loss of oxygen to her brain and, consequently, brain damage as a result of waiting for a blood transfusion during child birth (read about this case).
Most recently, founding partner Joel J. Feller recovered $6 million for the parents of a 17-year-old girl who died as a result of medical negligence after undergoing a routine tonsillectomy in March 2012.
After the uncomplicated outpatient surgery, nurses in the post-anesthesia care unit at Abington Surgical Center had given Mariah Edwards Fentanyl, a potent narcotic, and failed to monitor her condition for more than 25 minutes. During that time, her condition worsened and was unobserved by nurses. Mariah as a result suffered respiratory arrest and hypoxic brain injury. She died 15 days later (read about this case).
Other noteworthy medical malpractice victories include:
- $25 million verdict in a death case involving a routine fertility procedure
- $20.8 million verdict for a woman whose foot was amputated
- $18.4 million verdict for a child who suffered a stroke
- $15 million verdict for boy who suffered a brain injury following heart surgery
- $10 million verdict for pediatric malpractice
- $10 million recovery for a brain injury in a medical malpractice case
- $9.3 million recovery for a woman paralyzed during an embolization procedure
- $6.4 million verdict in a death case involving emergency room malpractice
- $6.25 million recovery for a 70-year-old man
- $6 million recovery in a death case involving emergency room malpractice
The Philadelphia malpractice attorneys at Ross Feller Casey handles cases on a contingency basis, so there will never be a cost to you unless there is a financial recovery in your case.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of medical negligence, one of our medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia can assist you in determining if you have a case. Ross Feller Casey offers a free case evaluation to discuss your concerns.
You may still be able to investigate a potential claim even if the injury occurred some time ago, but your time may be running out.
Please contact our office to arrange a consultation with one of our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers.