In 2017, Casey’s results for his clients reached remarkable heights in cases that included issues ranging from gun safety and dangerous automobiles and other product defects to negligence affecting both mothers and babies during labor and delivery.
Some noteworthy examples include:
- A settlement in a major gun safety case on behalf of the families of three individuals killed in the aftermath of an illegal gun ammunition sale at a Pennsylvania Walmart (amount confidential) (read about the case)
- A $25 million product defect settlement against an automobile manufacturer on behalf of a man who suffered a brain injury following a vehicle accident
- A $19.5 million settlement in a product defect case involving a man injured by dangerous equipment
- Casey also settled multiple medical malpractice cases throughout 2017 for amounts including $19.3 million, $10 million, $9.8 million, and eight other seven-figure recoveries. Those cases involved negligence during the labor and delivery process, negligent discharges from the hospital, cardiac surgical negligence, and failures to timely diagnose cancer and other medical problems.
For Casey, the results build on a similar series of legal victories in 2016 in which he recovered more than $87 million for individual clients and their families in cases that involved wrongful death, brain injuries and other life-altering injuries resulting from the negligence of others. They include several high-profiled medical malpractice cases, including one that involved the death of twins (read about the case).
Casey in March 2016 reached a settlement with Geisinger Health System (terms confidential) in the highly publicized wrongful death case involving the late Jennifer Sidari, the 26-year-old physician from Northeastern Pennsylvania who died of a blood clot in her head as she was set to embark on a promising medical career. The settlement came after what newspapers described as days of “damaging testimony” elicited by Casey against the defendant (read about the case).
Casey’s success over the two-year period is no anomaly, however. He has been amassing impressive recoveries since he founded Ross Feller Casey. In one recent four-month period alone, Casey recovered $29 million, $26.5 million, $26.3 million, and $20 million for his clients in cases involving hospital negligence, the delay in diagnosing strokes and spinal cord injuries.
In late 2014, 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).
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 Victims 2, 3, 7, and 10, Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt Sandusky, as well as other victims.
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 stunning, record-setting $85 million compensatory damages verdict in a Philadelphia premises liability case 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 U.S. 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).
Casey obtained 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.