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Anna Mary Bakley, a 69-year-old mother of three, survived gallbladder and breast cancer, but didn’t survive a bleeding ulcer that could have been easily treated. She bled to death from an upper gastroin­testinal ulcer on New Year’s Eve in 2016. I recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Mrs. Bakley’s family against her […]

By Attorneys Matt Sowell and Fadi Chakour, M.D. J.D. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. The Journal of Patient Safety estimates 210,000–440,000 people die each year from medical mistakes. It’s a shocking number. It’s the equiv­alent of up to two commercial jumbo jets full of passengers dying from medical mistakes […]

By Matt Sowell and Fadi Chakour, M.D. Lately we’ve noticed a growing trend in our stroke litigation practice. There are more cases involving the misdi­ag­nosis of brain stem strokes, resulting in signif­icant disabling brain damage to patients. Brain stem strokes comprise a relatively small percentage of strokes. They occur when blood flow to the brain […]

The Lake City Reporter ran a front-page article about a lawsuit involving the preventable death of Robert Taylor, a Vietnam veteran, who died from lung cancer almost three years ago. Mr. Taylor’s widow has retained our firm to initiate legal action against the federal government as her husband was not told of his lung cancer diagnosis until it […]

By Matt Sowell and Fadi Chakour Stroke leaves man wheel­chair bound When a healthcare provider fails to identify and treat stroke symptoms in a timely manner, the results can be devas­tating. It is common for a person having a stroke to have slurred speech, babble, or have trouble finding their words. They may also have balance […]

Fadi Chakour, an attorney and medical doctor, is co-chairing the Stroke Litigation Group of the nation’s largest organi­zation of trial attorneys, the American Associ­ation for Justice. He was elected to the position last summer at the American Associ­ation for Justice’s annual convention. In his role, Chakour educates lawyers with the latest medical research about stroke […]

Matt Sowell and Fadi Chakour, M.D. appeared on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross to bring attention to Medical Malpractice Awareness Month. They talked about the third leading cause of death in America: medical errors, following heart disease and cancer. Dr. Chakour discussed what went wrong in Joan River’s case. It grabbed national headlines when the […]

By Matt Sowell and Fadi Chakour, M.D. People are often shocked to learn that medical errors are the third cause of death in America, following heart disease and cancer. According to a recent published study, between 210,000- 440,000 patients may die each year in American hospitals because of medical errors. This study and others teach us […]

Our 60-year-old client, George, was an avid artist, motor­cy­clist, black belt and self-taught musician. He was a mechanic who could fix anything. That all changed after he had a massive stroke. He is now perma­nently disabled and has double vision, trouble walking, depression and can’t regulate his body temper­ature. He relies on his wife to […]

Attorneys Matt Sowell and Fadi Chakour, national leaders in stroke litigation, were guests on First Coast Connect as part of Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of long-term disability in the United States. They talked about the lessons they learned from the stroke cases they’ve […]

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