FAMILY OF JANE DOE VS. TREATING PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITAL
This was a wrongful death case involving a 74 year old woman who died after her treating doctors failed to recognize and treat known complications following a routine hospital procedure. The case settled prior to trial for $1 million.
CALLAHAN VS. CARDINAL GLENNON HOSPITAL
901 S.W.2d 270 (Mo. App. ED)
A medical malpractice claim involving a young baby who suffered leg paralysis following a failure to correctly treat a rectal abscess. A jury awarded 16 million dollars in damages against the defendants, which was affirmed on appeal by the Missouri Supreme Court.
MATTHEW SCOTT V. SSM HEALTHCARE
70 S.W.3d 560 (Mo. App. ED)
This was a medical negligence case in which we represented a young man who presented to the Emergency Room with signs and symptoms of a serious brain infection, which we alleged the treating doctors failed to timely diagnose and treat. After a nearly two week trial the jury ruled in favor of our clients and awarded nearly 5 million dollars in damages. The trial court was forced to reduce the amount of damages by several million dollars because of a Missouri law that limits the amount of damages a plaintiff may receive from any one defendant in a medical malpractice case. This case was appealed all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court and resulted in a historic decision in our favor which changed the law in Missouri with respect to how much money a plaintiff could receive in damages from a defendant in these types of cases. The case continues to be widely cited by courts and scholarly publications throughout the country.
WEI WU V. RYDER TRUCK
Wei Wu was asleep in the cab of an 18 wheeler hauling cargo cross country. As they crossed the Poplar Street Bridge in downtown St. Louis the driver of the tractor trailer lost control of the vehicle causing it to strike the median and flip over on the highway. Wei Wu suffered devastating and life changing injuries. He had hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and he would never work again. He hired our law firm to represent his interests and we sued the driver as well as the trucking company on his behalf. The trucking company turned over the matter to their insurance company who turned down the claim stating that they did not need to provide coverage for this particular accident. This was an extremely complicated case as the trucking company and the drivers were based out of Canada. Further complicating matters was the fact that their tractor broke down and their company rented a replacement tractor cab for them to be able to complete their haul. We sued the driver of the truck as well as two separate trucking companies. We fought hard on behalf of our client and obtained a judgement in his favor in the amount of $13,803,203. We got another $1.5 million for his wife for all the damages she suffered as a result of having her husband so horribly injured. Unfortunately, winning on paper was only the beginning of this battle. Everything we had done so far would be meaningless if we could not collect. All of the insurance companies involved denied the claim saying that for one reason or another the accident was not covered under their policy. We kept pushing and eventually filed a separate garnishment law suit against four insurance companies asking the court to force them to pay our judgment. Everyone agreed that our client was hurt but no one wanted to pay him as they said the accident was not covered. We won in the trial court, we won in the Court of Appeals and finally got paid after the Supreme Court of Missouri ruled against the insurance companies. It was a long hard fought battle but we eventually collected over 15 million dollars for our client.
MATTHEW SCOTT VS. SSM HEALTH CARE AND RADIOLOGIC IMAGING CONSULTANTS
nearly $5 Million
70 S.W.3d 560 (Mo. App. ED)
An emergency room medical malpractice claim involving a 16 year old boy who suffered a brain injury from an infection which was not timely diagnosed and treated in the emergency room following an automobile accident. The malpractice led to a brain infection, which caused permanent motor and cognitive loss. A jury awarded $4,945,000 in damages. The trail court applied the statutory cap on pain and suffering damages and reduced the verdict to $3,191,534. That judgment was affirmed on appeal.