Geoffrey Fieger wins top verdict in Michigan for 2018
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger was recognized for earning the number one verdict
of the year — $136.7 million in a medical malpractice case —
in 2018 Million Dollar Verdicts & Settlements, an annual publication
by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
The case involved a 10-year-old girl who underwent spinal fusion surgery
at Children’s Hospital of Michigan to correct scoliosis and a spinal
anomaly in 2011. After the surgery, she complained of tingling and numbness
in her hands and feet which progressed up her extremities, resulting in
decreased muscular function and loss of bladder and bowel control. A second
surgery was performed five days later resulting in further spinal cord
compression and complications. The following day, an urgent third surgery
removed the hardware installed in the previous procedures, but she was
left unable to walk normally, and with incontinence and loss of dexterity
in her right hand — in addition to severe depression, loss of earning
capacity, chronic pain and medical expenses — for the rest of her life.
On behalf of the plaintiffs, Fieger claimed negligence, gross negligence,
surgical errors, and failure to perform proper exams within 24 hours of
the onset of complications.
Following a 2-week jury trial before Judge Brian Sullivan in Wayne County
Circuit Court, the jury returned a verdict of $136.7 million on July 2,
in favor of the plaintiffs.
In addition to this top verdict, Geoffrey Fieger, his Partner James Harrington
!V, and the attorneys of Fieger Law in Southfield, Mich., earned 23 other
top verdicts and settlements in 2018, totalling more than $235 million,
according to the publication.
Other Fieger Law attorneys recognized in the special issue include Greg
Wix, Todd Weglarz, Chris Collis, David Dworetsky, Stephanie Arndt, James
Craig, James McCullen and Don Dawson.