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Matthew Sowell

Biography

Matt Sowell

Matt is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who focuses his practice on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury claims, partic­ularly those where the client has suffered a stroke.  Matt is a national leader in stroke litigation, having served as the founding chairman of the Stroke Litigation Group of the largest organi­zation of trial attorneys in the United States.  Matt has also written for and made presen­tations to trial lawyer groups on how to successfully prosecute stroke cases.  Over his 27 years of practicing law, Matt has obtained numerous multi­million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients on incredibly complex stroke cases.  He has handled stroke cases involving the following:

Strokes caused by:

  • Clots blocking arteries in the brain
  • Neck trauma during car wrecks
  • Medication errors causing reduced blood flow to the brain
  • Medication error causing clots to form in the brain
  • Venous throm­boemboli (DVT) traveling through the heart and onto the brain
  • Air embolism
  • Cardiac tamponade reducing blood flow to the brain
  • Misuse of surgical instruments
  • Birth trauma

Negligence of health care providers to prevent stroke:

  • Failure to inves­tigate and treat cause of pre-stroke Transient Ischemic Attack(s)
  • Failure to recognize or appreciate the warning signs of impending stroke
  • Failure to prescribe blood thinners and/or anti-platelet medicines
  • Failure to properly monitor patients on medicines known to cause stroke

Negligence of health care providers to properly treat a patient having a stroke:

  • Failure of Emergency Department to activate hospital’s Stroke Alert
  • Failure to timely give clot busting medicine to patient having a stroke
  • Failure to timely transfer a patient having a stroke to a Stroke Center
  • Failure of floor nurses to activate hospital’s Stroke Alert
  • Misdi­agnosis of the cause of stroke symptoms

Matt is a sixth generation Floridian who has spent his entire career repre­senting clients harmed by profes­sional negligence or corporate misconduct. After earning a law degree from the University of Alabama, Matt spent two years researching banking law and creditor’s rights with the Dean of his law school. He then joined the commercial litigation department of a large Jacksonville law firm where Matt developed a special interest in prose­cuting profes­sional malpractice lawsuits.

Matt and his wife Sara are in their twenty-seventh year of marriage. Sara is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practi­tioner who helps evaluate many of the medical malpractice cases Matt handles. They have two daughters, Megan and Rachel, who have achieved the athletic success that Matt never did. Megan attends The Citadel where she is on the women’s volleyball team.  Rachel is on the rowing team at The University of Alabama.  Matt’s family is active at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville where Matt has served in the Youth Department and Sara has taught Sunday School to kindergartners.

Education

Juris Doctor (1986). University of Alabama, School of Law.
Bachelor of Business Admin­is­tration, Economics and Finance (1983). Baylor University.

Publi­cations

Sowell MW, Present the whole picture in stroke cases. Trial, Vol.51, No. 1, 16–23 (January 2015)

Sowell MW, Lovelady CL, Brogdon BG, Wecht CH. Infant Death Due to Air Embolism from Peripheral Venous Infusion, J. Forensic Sci. 2007 Jan; 52(1): 183–8.

Hansford VN, Sowell MW. Loan Partic­i­pations and the UCC: The rights of secured and priority creditors when a bank fails, 106 Banking L.J. 62 (1989)

Presen­tations

Current Trends in Stroke Litigation,” American Association for Justice, Stroke Litigation Group, Annual Convention, Palais des congrès, Montreal, Canada, July 2015

Identifying Meritorious Stroke Cases,” American Association for Justice, Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD, July 2014

Avoiding Legal Malpractice” Paralegal Association of Florida, Spring Seminar, Jacksonville, FL, June 2014

0Board Certi­fi­cation

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Education and Specialization

Member

The Florida Bar
Alabama State Bar
American Association for Justice
Stroke Litigation Group (Chair 2013–2015)
Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus
Florida Justice Association
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Stroke Advocacy Network, National Stroke Association

Practice Areas

Stroke litigation; Medical Malpractice; catastrophic personal injuries; Wrongful Deaths; Dangerous Products; Nursing Home Abuse and Insurance Disputes.