The Saalfield Shad trial team of attorneys Travase Erickson, Rick Buntz, and Emily Logue, together with paralegal Beverly Scheff, obtained a complete defense verdict this week on behalf of a healthcare client in Palm Coast, Florida. The trial took place in Flagler County over seven days. This victory came after plaintiffs sought $14 million in damages in closing, alleging negligent treatment by a cardiologist and the practice group.

Saalfield Shad prevailed with a defense strategy that emphasized that the doctor met the prevailing professional standard of care, doing all the right things for all the right reasons, and that the personal decisions of the patient following treatment should be considered by the jury as well, including that such personal decisions can lead to unfortunate consequences. The jury clearly understood that tragic outcomes do not mean that a doctor has breached the standard of care, nor that the untimely and unfortunate passing of a patient was the result of allegedly negligent care. The facts involved were certainly sympathetic ones, considering that he was a young patient and had a family. At the same time, after more than a week of trial, and after deliberating for just over two hours, the jury reached the right conclusion and returned a complete and unanimous defense verdict.

As an independent, Jacksonville-based civil litigation law firm, the attorneys at Saalfield Shad, P.A. have represented self-insured entities and insurance companies in North Florida for decades. The firm’s lawyers have extensive trial experience in state and federal courts, exceptional litigation skills, and diversified practices. With deep local ties in the community, they have built a reputation for successful representation, proactive and personalized counsel, and outstanding client service.

Disclaimer: Prior results achieved by Saalfield Shad, P.A. do not guarantee a similar outcome for other clients