Bell Law Firm had two big wins in 2017—a $26 million medical malpractice verdict and a $3.8 million premises liability verdict.

The $26 million verdict came in a case from Columbus in which the plaintiff was rendered blind, brain-damaged and in a wheelchair after a neck surgery led to a complication that severely reduced her breathing capacity. Firm principal Lloyd Bell reported that research from his team revealed that a defense witness had testified in a previous case that a hematoma similar to the one at issue in the Columbus case was the biggest he’d ever seen and required treatment the plaintiff did not get in the current case. On cross-examination, Bell said the witness had to concede that the plaintiff’s hematoma was the biggest he’d seen—but he maintained his testimony supporting the defense.