description

Featured Verdicts

New and noteworthy verdicts and settlements from around the country, selected by VerdictSearch editors.  Find out about the case most relevant to your practice, with complete details on awards and settlements; injuries claimed; experts, attorneys, insurers and judges involved; and more.

Click on a state to view the latest featured verdicts by state:

Michigan Verdicts

Find out about the most important recent Michigan cases, selected by VerdictSearch editors. Coverage includes Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Subscribe to VerdictSearch Michigan for access to all Michigan verdictsSubscribe

Hospital failed to alert patient to seriousness of condition: suit

A jury awarded $1,670,000 to the estate of a man who died one day after receiving medical care at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. In October 2012, Gary Hatfield, 59, presented to the hospital with rectal bleeding and chest pain. He was scheduled for an endoscopy, but chose to return home, where his body was later found with rectal bleeding. Hatfield’s daughter claimed he would have remained at the hospital if alerted to the seriousness of his condition. The hospital contended that it was not responsible for Hatfield’s premature decision to leave the hospital. The jury assigned 70-percent liability to the hospital and 30-percent liability to Hatfield. The estate recovered $445,000 after comparative negligence and statutory reductions.
Estate of Hatfield v. Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
Wayne County

View the full case +

Fired hospital worker claimed discrimination, retaliation

A verdict of no cause of action was returned by a Genesee County jury in a former employee’s wrongful termination suit against Hurley Medical Center. In December 2014, Kyley Skipper was terminated from her job as a pharmacy technician, which she said was a whistleblower violation. Skipper, who is white, alleged she was treated differently than other co-workers by her former supervisor, a black female. That supervisor ultimately left and was replaced by a white female. Skipper claimed the new supervisor then fired her in retaliation when she mentioned past race discrimination. The defense contended that Skipper was appropriately terminated under the terms of her union contract after she had received five separate disciplinary write-ups.
Skipper v. Hurley Medical Center
Genesee County

View the full case +

Crash produced insufficient force for injuries: defense

A motorist who was rear-ended by a garbage truck agreed to a $1,925,000 settlement with the owner of the garbage truck. In June 2015, Richard Bolotta was driving his pickup truck. He was stopped for a red light when he was rear-ended by the garbage truck, which was driven by Michael Duane Pritchet and owned by Rizzo Environmental Services Inc. Bolotta claimed he suffered multiple disc herniations, exacerbation of a degenerative spinal condition and ultimately required two fusion surgeries. Rizzo Environmental Services conceded that its driver was negligent, but disputed the cause and severity of Bolotta’s injuries. The defense argued that Bolotta’s symptoms predated the accident and the impact was insufficient to have caused serious damage.
Bolotta v. Rizzo Environmental Services Inc.
Macomb County

View the full case +

Michigan Verdicts

Find out about the most important recent Michigan cases, selected by VerdictSearch editors. Coverage includes Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Subscribe to VerdictSearch Michigan for access to all Michigan verdictsSubscribe