Hospital and Outpatient Facilities

Wicker Smith represents over 85 hospitals and countless healthcare providers. Our medical malpractice team has a long-standing reputation for aggressively defending healthcare-related clients in a wide range of medical malpractice claims that include catastrophic injury, wrongful death, infant death, brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and surgical and nursing issues. Our extensive experience representing myriad medical facilities and medical professionals provides us with depth and knowledge in numerous areas of the medical field. In addition to an experienced collection of attorneys, the firm also employs a team of in-house nurses to assist in the medical evaluation and investigation of our medical malpractice cases. When necessary, Wicker Smith has retained top medical specialists from some of the most respected hospitals and universities to consult and testify for our clients.

Avoiding a Nuclear Verdict in South Florida

Attorneys: Adam W. Rhys, Amanda Ritucci

We represented the hospital in this admitted liability case involving a medication error during the resuscitation of an infant, allegedly resulting in HIE and brain damage. Plaintiff’s life care expert presented a life care plan in excess of $32 million, and Plaintiff’s counsel asked for $72.5 million in closing arguments. The jury ultimately awarded $158,000, which triggered an award for attorneys’ fees pursuant to a previously rejected proposal for settlement.

Successful Bench Trial Result in a Heel Ulceration Case

Attorneys: Robert E. Paradela, Renee L. Brant, Courtney R. Maras

The subject case of this bench trial involved allegations of medical negligence resulting in the patient developing a left heel ulceration. The case was a survival action wherein we were able to dismantle the claims of pain and suffering via summary judgment. Additionally, we were able to reduce the associated medical expenses to $142.

$39 Million Defense Verdict for Hospital in Rural Florida

Attorneys: Richards "Dick" Ford, Patrick L. Mixson

This was a medical malpractice case arising from an alleged perforation of the small intestine during laparoscopic surgery performed by a co-defendant gynecological surgeon. The Plaintiff claimed that the nurses of our client hospital negligently failed to recognize signs and symptoms of a bowel perforation when the patient presented to the hospital on the three consecutive days following the surgery. The Plaintiff claimed that she developed sepsis and other complications, requiring a bowel resection and many subsequent surgeries due to failure of an anastomosis after the bowel resection procedure. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $39 million at trial, but the jury found no negligence and returned a complete defense verdict.

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