Top 50 Wrongful Death Verdicts in the United States in 2017

Top 50 Wrongful Death Verdicts in the United States in 2017We are pleased to present to you the list of top 50 plaintiff wrongful death jury verdicts obtained in the United States in the year 2017. The list is comprised of various case types that were tried either in state or federal courts.

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1
Amount: $227,000,000.00
Attorneys: James G. Begley, Harry M. Roth of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C.; Jeffrey P. Goodman, Robert J. Mongeluzzi of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC; Steven G. Wigrizer, Jason S. Weiss of Wapner Newman Wigrizer Brecher & Miller; Elizabeth A. Crawford, Andrew J. Stern of Kline & Specter, P.C.
Case: In Re Market Street Building Collapse
Type: Business Liability, Construction Accident, Dangerous Condition, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Contractor Negligence, Demolition Accident
State: Pennsylvania
2
Amount: $115,750,000.00
Attorneys: Donald J. Nolan, Thomas P. Routh, Welson T. Chu of Nolan Law Group; David I. Katzman, Bruce A. Lampert of Katzman Lampert & Stoll
Case: Estate of Brokaw, et al. v. National Air Cargo Inc.
Type: Aviation Accident, Work Accident, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death
State: Illinois
3
Amount: $81,500,000.00
Attorneys: Benjamin R. Couture, Alexandra B. Caggiano, Brian D. Weinstein of Weinstein Couture PLLC; Jessica Dean, Benjamin D. Braly, Charles W. Branham of Dean Omar & Branham, LLP
Case: Estate of Coogan v. Genuine Parts Co.
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Product Liability, Wrongful Death
State: Washington
4
Amount: $48,000,000.00
Attorneys: Martin A. Dolan of Dolan Law PC
Case: Estate of G.F. v. Rosado
Type: Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Wrongful Death, Child Abuse, Failure to Protect, Failure to Report
State: Illinois
5
Amount: $45,005,000.00
Attorneys: Stuart N. Ratzan, Stuart J. Weissman, Evan B. Gilead, Ryan C. Tyler of Ratzan Law Group; Lincoln J. Connolly of Lincoln J. Connolly Trials and Appeals, P.A.
Case: Astaphan v. Ranger Construction Industries, et al.
Type: Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
6
Amount: $41,500,000.00
Attorneys: Ben B. Rubinowitz, Peter J. Saghir, Richard M. Steigman, James Rubinowitz, Seymour Boyers of Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf
Case: Estate of Frosch v. City of New York
Type: Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Work Accident, Workplace Negligence, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death
State: New York
7
Amount: $39,766,905.00
Attorneys: Geoffrey N. Fieger, James R. McCullen of Fieger Law PC
Case: Estate of Holly v. Detroit Receiving Hospital, et al.
Type: Failure to Diagnose, Hospital Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Wrongful Death
State: Michigan
8
Amount: $39,500,000.00
Attorneys: Susan M. Karten of Susan M. Karten & Associates; Bernadette Panzella of Bernadette Panzella, PC
Case: In Re 91st Street Crane Collapse Litigation
Type: Construction Accident, Work Accident, Workplace Negligence, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death, Crane Accident
State: New York
9
Amount: $39,000,000.00
Attorneys: Janie L. Jordan, Richard W. Mithoff, Joseph R. Alexander Jr., Warner V. Hocker of Mithoff Law Firm
Case: Braswell, et al. v. The Brickman Group LTD. LLC, et al.
Type: Bicycle Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death
State: Texas
10
Amount: $36,960,000.00
Attorneys: Justin B. Shapiro, Adam T. Rose of Leesfield Scolaro, P.A.
Case: Estate of Pereira v. Fleuricourt
Type: Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
11
Amount: $36,000,000.00
Attorneys: Randy Rosenblum of Dolan Dobrinsky & Rosenblum LLP; Norwood S. Wilner, Richard J. Lantinberg, A. Jay Plotkin of The Wilner Firm, P.A.; Gary M. Paige of Gordon & Partners, P.A.; Eddie E. Farah, Charles E. Farah, Jr. of The Law Firm of Farah & Farah, P.A.
Case: Estate of Wallace v. Philip Morris, USA, Inc., et al.
Type: Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Tobacco, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
12
Amount: $33,500,000.00
Attorneys: Nicholas I. Timko of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C.; David B. Corley of Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman PC; Jonathan Shramko, Adrienne L. DeLuca of Shramko & DeLuca
Case: Doomes, et al v. Best Transit Corp., et. al.
Type: Bus Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
State: New York
13
Amount: $30,882,436.00
Attorneys: Ty G. Roland, Evan D. Lubell of Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC
Case: Estate of Dominguez v. Florida Power & Light Co.
Type: Dangerous Condition, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Electrical Injury
State: Florida
14
Amount: $27,871,944.00
Attorneys: Peter H. Weinberger, Stuart E. Scott, Jeremy A. Tor of Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP
Case: Estate of Jester v. Utilimap Corp.
Type: Dangerous Condition, Falling Object, Work Accident, Wrongful Death, Utility Negligence
State: Ohio
15
Amount: $27,000,000.00
Attorneys: Wallace B. Jefferson, Kevin Dubose, Doug W. Alexander of Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
Case: Crisp, et al. v. The Mcdonald's Corp., et al.
Type: Assault and Battery, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Inadequate Security
State: Texas
16
Amount: $26,953,169.00
Attorneys: Lars C. Johnson of Grassini, Wrinkle & Johnson
Case: Gonzalez v. Atlas Construction Supply Inc
Type: Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Defective Product
State: California
17
Amount: $26,190,000.00
Attorneys: James Wilkens of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C.; Michael E. Duffy of Duffy & Duffy, PLLC
Case: Madden-Buck v. Maimonides Medical Center, et al.
Type: Birth Injury, Delayed Diagnosis, Delayed Treatment, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Wrongful Death
State: New York
18
Amount: $24,931,059.00
Attorneys: F. Jerome Tapley, Hirlye R. Lutz, D. Brett Turnbull, Adam W. Pittman of Cory Watson, PC; Vicki I. Sarmiento of Law Offices of Vicki I. Sarmiento; Kirk J. Wolden of Carter Wolden Curtis, LLP; Steven D. Archer, Paul R. Kiesel, D. Bryan Garcia of Kiesel Law LLP
Case: Cruz v. Nissan North America Inc., et al.
Type: Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Product Liability, Wrongful Death
State: California
19
Amount: $24,260,000.00
Attorneys: James P. Nevin, Jr., Jordan Elizabeth Scott of Brayton Purcell, LLP
Case: Lucas v. Triple A Machine Shop, Inc.
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Toxic Exposure, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death, Mesothelioma
State: California
20
Amount: $22,170,000.00
Attorneys: Denise Abrams, Joseph D. Satterley, Justin A. Bosl, Carole M. Bosch, Donovan Hunter of Kazan, McClain, Satterly & Greenwood
Case: Estate of Booker v. Imerys Talc America, Inc., et al.
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Toxic Exposure, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death, Talc Exposure, Mesothelioma
State: California
21
Amount: $21,700,000.00
Attorneys: Anita Porte Robb , Gary C. Robb of Robb & Robb LLC; R. Scott Madden of Madden Law Offices
Case: Jones, et al. v. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
Type: Aviation Accident, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Wrongful Death
State: Kentucky
22
Amount: $21,568,850.90
Attorneys: Gregory L. Gowan of Gowan Elizondo LLP
Case: Balsaldua, et al. v. Stockade Companies, Inc., et al.
Type: Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury
State: Texas
23
Amount: $20,600,000.00
Attorneys: Chris A. Messerly, Elizabeth M. Fors of Robins Kaplan LLP
Case: Estate of Bermingham v. Eid N.P., et al.
Type: Failure to Diagnose, Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Wrongful Death, Failure to Report
State: Minnesota
24
Amount: $18,460,279.00
Attorneys: John Michael Love of Mike Love & Associates, LLC; Jane Swearingen Leger of The Ferguson Law Firm, LLP; Jill Swearingen Pierce of Bradley & Steele, Attorneys at Law
Case: Estate of Morris, et al. v. Grecon, et al.
Type: Dangerous Condition, Personal Injury, Work Accident, Workplace Negligence, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death, Burn Injury, Failure to Maintain, Negligent Maintenance
State: Texas
25
Amount: $17,000,000.00
Attorneys: E. Blake Paul, Matthew J. Vaughn of Peterson & Myers, P.A.
Case: Estate of Mallia v. Palace Italian Restaurant, Inc., et al.
Type: Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Motorcycle Accident, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
26
Amount: $16,800,000.00
Attorneys: Greg Allen, LaBarron N. Boone, Ben E. Baker of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.; Tyrone C. Means of Means Gillis Law, PC
Case: Wright, et al., v. Volvo Trucks North America Inc. et al.
Type: Motor Vehicle Accident, Product Liability, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Defective Product
State: Alabama
27
Amount: $16,500,000.00
Attorneys: Jim M. Kramer, Robert I. Komitor, Nicholas E. Novack of Levy Konigsberg LLP
Case: Estate of Nemeth v. Whittaker Clark & Daniels Inc.
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Toxic Exposure, Wrongful Death, Talc Exposure, Mesothelioma
State: New York
28
Amount: $15,591,661.00
Attorneys: Jeremy C. Virgil of Zeldes, Needle & Cooper, PC
Case: Estate of Martinez, et al. v. Gonzalez, et al.
Type: Assault and Battery, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death
State: Connecticut
29
Amount: $15,283,488.00
Attorneys: Marc A. Wites of Wites & Kapetan P.A.; Harry A. Shevin of Shevin Law Firm
Case: Estate of Matos v. Rechtien International Trucks, Inc.
Type: Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
30
Amount: $15,135,000.00
Attorneys: John R. Connelly, Meaghan M. Driscoll of Connelly Law Offices
Case: Estate of Thomas, et al. v. Jason Cannon, et al.
Type: Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, False Arrest, Gunshot, Emotional Distress, Unreasonable Search and Seizure
State: Washington
31
Amount: $15,000,000.00
Attorneys: Brittany Chambers, Steven J. Hammer, Scott P. Schlesinger, Jonathan R. Gdanski of Schlesinger Law Offices, PA; C. Steven Yerrid of The Yerrid Law Firm
Case: Estate of Lima v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al.
Type: Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Tobacco, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
32
Amount: $13,021,576.00
Attorneys: Walter G. Campbell, Jr., Brent M. Reitman of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman
Case: Estate of De Jesus v. Ronquillo
Type: Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death, Gunshot
State: Florida
33
Amount: $12,958,461.00
Attorneys: Jeffrey A. Kaiser, Lawrence J. Gornick, David Markevitch of Kaiser Gornick LLP
Case: Estate of Lopez v. The Hillshire Brands Co.
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Product Liability, Toxic Exposure, Wrongful Death, Mesothelioma
State: California
34
Amount: $12,500,000.00
Attorneys: Adam Cooper, Danny R. Kraft, Jr. of Weitz & Luxenberg
Case: Plaintiff Decedent v. Forklift Manufacturer, et al.
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Toxic Exposure, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death
State: New York
35
Amount: $12,240,000.00
Attorneys: Sagi Shaked, Joel L. Roth of Shaked Law Firm P.A.
Case: Tyler v. Gibbs & Register Inc., et al.
Type: Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
36
Amount: $12,000,000.00
Attorneys: Jason R. Brenner, Christopher L. Marlowe, James C. Blecke of The Haggard Law Firm PA
Case: Estate of Machado v. The Waves of Hialeah, Inc.
Type: Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Inadequate Security
State: Florida
37
Amount: $11,250,000.00
Attorneys: Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick Salvi, II , Eirene N. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard PC
Case: Black v. Anderson Automotive Inc.
Type: Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death
State: Illinois
38
Amount: $10,597,400.00
Attorneys: Justin R. Hartman of Krentsel & Guzman LLP
Case: Estate of Martinez v. Premium Laundry Corp.
Type: Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death
State: New York
39
Amount: $10,250,002.00
Attorneys: Ron Danks, Carly R. Smith of Myers, Myers, Danks & Smith; Mark E. Weinhardt, Todd M. Lantz, David N. Fautsch of The Weinhardt Law Firm
Case: Estate of Carter, Executor v. Carter
Type: Assault and Battery, Wrongful Death, Gunshot
State: Iowa
40
Amount: $10,003,940.00
Attorneys: Nicholas I. Gerson, David L. Markel of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A.
Case: Estate of Rainey v. Roop
Type: Assault and Battery, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
41
Amount: $9,508,100.00
Attorneys: Mark T. Murray of Stevenson & Murray
Case: Ates v. Robinson Helicopter Co. Helicopter Services Inc., et al.
Type: Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Defective Product
State: Texas
42 (tie)
Amount: $9,500,000.00
Attorneys: Nathan P. Roberts, Meaghan M. Driscoll of Connelly Law Offices; Rodney B. Ray of Margullis & Ray, Attorneys at Law, PLLC
Case: Estate of Foster v. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue
Type: Motor Vehicle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Scooter Accident
State: Washington
42 (tie)
Amount: $9,500,000.00
Attorneys: Kenneth J. Allen of Kenneth J. Allen Law Group
Case: Lowery v. Vibra Healthcare LLC, et al.
Type: Hospital Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Wrongful Death, Failure to Monitor
State: Indiana
43
Amount: $9,000,000.00
Attorneys: Juan P. Bauta, II, David A. Jagolinzer, Janpaul Portal of The Ferraro Law Firm, P.A.
Case: Britt v. Northrop Grumman Systems
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
44
Amount: $8,800,000.00
Attorneys: Denyse F. Clancy, Chad Cotten, J. Todd Kale of Baron & Budd, P.C.; Samuel I. Iola, Darren P. McDowell of Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC
Case: Estate of Dickson v. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Toxic Exposure, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death
State: Texas
45
Amount: $7,890,000.00
Attorneys: Nicholas E. Warywoda of Parker Waichman LLP
Case: Estate of Ryan v. County of Nassau, et al.
Type: Civil Rights Violation, Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Denial of Medical Care, Prison Negligence, Failure to Supervise, Failure to Train
State: New York
46
Amount: $7,214,660.00
Attorneys: William W. Bird of The Bird Law Firm PC
Case: Estate of Sullwold v. Heartland Regional Med. Center
Type: Hospital Malpractice, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death
State: Missouri
47
Amount: $7,123,085.00
Attorneys: Robert W. Kelley, Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald, Josiah Graham of Kelley Uustal PLC
Case: Estate of Gentile v. Philip Morris USA Inc.
Type: Product Liability, Tobacco, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
48
Amount: $6,935,000.00
Attorneys: Juan P. Bauta, II, Marc P. Kunen of The Ferraro Law Firm, P.A.
Case: Estate of Torres v. Union Carbide Corp.
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
49 (tie)
Amount: $6,800,000.00
Attorneys: Ruben Honik of Golomb & Honik, P.C.
Case: Radzik v. Children’s Medical Center, et al.
Type: Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Wrongful Death, Failure to Inform
State: Connecticut
49 (tie)
Amount: $6,800,000.00
Attorneys: Melvin B. Wright, Lisa A. Thomas of Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter; David J. Sales of David J. Sales, PA
Case: Estate of Sheffield v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Type: Product Liability, Tobacco, Wrongful Death
State: Florida
50
Amount: $6,797,289.00
Attorneys: Peter A. Kraus, Christopher L. Johnson of Waters, Kraus & Paul; Andrea Marino Landry of Thornton Law Firm LLP
Case: Estate of Ross v. New England Insulation Company
Type: Asbestos Exposure, Breach of Warranty, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Mesothelioma
State: Massachusetts

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