Kelley/Uustal is pleased to announce that Attorneys
Bonnie A. Navin,
Kimberly L. Wald, and
Robert W. Kelley have been named the “Most Effective Lawyers of 2016” by the
Daily Business Review in the area of Medical Malpractice. The special
report was published Monday, December 5, 2016.
The report shared Kelley/Uustal’s recent court victory resulting
in a $4.3 million verdict for the family of Patricia Belzi, a 24-year-old
mother who died in a vegetative state months after losing oxygen to her
brain during labor. Belzi had been 33 weeks pregnant when she was admitted
to the hospital for shortness of breath in August 2014. While she was
placed on oxygen by first responders, her breathing aid was removed by
hospital staff and was never replaced, eventually leading to fatal brain damage.
Faced with a difficult decision, Navin, Wald, and Kelley opted for arbitration
on behalf of Belzi’s surviving husband and daughter, as Florida
tort law limits recovery for non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering),
to $250,000 per claimant. After their skillful presentation of the case,
the jury awarded $1.81 million for loss of household services, $1.4 million
for loss of support, and the statutory maximum of $250,000 each for Mr.
Bernard Belzi and his daughter, Abigail. An additional $560,000 was awarded
in legal fees and costs, as well as $23,000 for funeral expenses.
We are extremely proud of the outcome of this case and are thankful to
have helped this deserving family receive compensation for their tragic loss.
Click here to view the DBR article,
Attorneys Opt for Arbitration, Win $4.3 Million Award in Mother’s Death.