Leeseberg & Valentine
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Largest personal injury verdict in state history - $44.5 million verdict obtained by Leeseberg & Valentine

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Leaders In Medical Malpractice

We have full-time nurses on staff, a global network of medical specialists and a reputation for maximizing trial verdicts and settlements.

Recognized For Personal Injury And Product Defect Case Results

Our attorneys hold negligent parties accountable and handle a variety of claims involving serious injuries with care and compassion.

Our Success:

$44.5 million Verdict for injured 9 year-old in Franklin County, Ohio $8 Million Settlement for 18 Patients who took Baycol $6.5 Million Franklin County Wrongful Death and Survivorship Jury Verdict $6 Million Jury Verdict Against Emergency Room Physicians $5 Million Verdict Against Hospital and Surgeon $4.8 Million Settlement On Behalf Of A Minor Child Severely Injured During Birth $4.5 Million Settlement From Hospital During Trial $3.8 Million Verdict for 9-Year-Old Girl with Compartment Syndrome $3.25 Million Verdict Against Hospital and Physician $3.1 Million Settlement from Motorists Insurance for Wrongful Death $2.8 Million Settlement From Hospital for Injured Physician $2 Million Settlement from Hospital and Midwife for Wrongful Death $2 Million Verdict Against ENT Surgeon for Twin 3-Year-Olds $2 Million Settlement Obtained for Family of OB-GYN with Delayed Colon Cancer Diagnosis $1 Million Verdict for 14-Year-Old Girl Killed in Car Crash

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Recent Verdict

The firm of Leeseberg & Valentine is pleased to report that on September 28, 2018 it obtained a verdict of $44 million in the case of Metts v. Athens Medical Lab after a two week jury trial in Franklin County, Ohio. The verdict is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in state history in an individual tort case for a personal injury or medical malpractice.

The case was brought on behalf of Bradley Metts and his parents. Bradley was 9 years old when his parents took him to his pediatrician’s office because of an ear infection that was not diagnosed and treated with antibiotics. As a result his infection spread into his brain and caused a rare and dangerous subdural posterior fossa empyema. This caused a brainstem herniation due to severe increased intracranial pressure, causing catastrophic brain damage, leaving Bradley permanently “locked in”: he was paralyzed and only able to move his eyes, through which he has learned to communicate using a letter board and other assisted communication devices such as a gaze pad relying on retinal scan recognition.

In addition to the pediatrician’s office, a local laboratory was named as a defendant because it lost critical abnormal blood test results indicating the presence of infection. This contributed to the failure of the pediatrician’s office to timely diagnose and treat the infection. Also, the hospital where Bradley was eventually taken for surgery to treat his infection was named as a defendant for failing to properly monitor him following neurosurgery to treat his infection and respond promptly to indications that Bradley was developing intracranial hypertension by relieving the pressure that was building up inside his brain. The pediatrician’s office and hospital defendants settled the claims against them and the case went to trial against Athens Medical Lab only.

At trial, Bradley was able to introduce himself to the jury using his gaze pad. Evidence was submitted indicating it would require $19 million to cover the cost of future medical care for Bradley, and another $3 million for past medical bills. An economist testified that Bradley’s inability to work in the future would result in lost earnings of another $2 million. Additionally, the Leeseberg & Valentine trial team asked the jury to award an additional $20 million to compensate Bradley and his parents for Bradley’s devastating injury and the complete destruction of their normal family life. In closing argument lead trial attorney Gerry Leeseberg recommended an award of at least $42 million, and the jury responded with its verdict of $44.5 million.

The litigation took over four years to complete. The defendants refused to admit any mistakes were made in Bradley’s care and identified a combined 27 expert witnesses to contest every aspect of the claims asserted on behalf of Bradley and his family. Eventually, due to the persistence and determination of the Leeseberg & Valentine trial team, justice was obtained for this incredible, deserving family. It was an honor to represent them, and incredibly satisfying to be able to obtain the funds necessary to improve their quality of life to the extent possible given the horrific nature of the injury suffered by Bradley.

Our Successes

$44.5 million Verdict for injured 9 year-old in Franklin County, Ohio

$8 Million Settlement for 18 Patients who took Baycol

$6.5 Million Franklin County Wrongful Death and Survivorship Jury Verdict

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