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PENNINGTON, P.A.  Partners, Mike Thomas and Chad Hess Secure Favorable Verdict For Florida Physician

Authored by: Pennington PA

On June 2, 2017, Michael J. Thomas and Chad B. Hess, Shareholders in the Tallahassee, Florida, office of Pennington, P.A., obtained a defense verdict in a complex surgical-medical malpractice case, following a week-long jury trial in Chip Ward v. Charles H. Wingo, M.D., et. al., in the Second Judicial Circuit, in and for Leon County, Florida.


The Plaintiff alleged that Dr. Wingo and the surgical team fell below the applicable standard of care for an orthopedic spine surgeon during an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (“ALIF”). During this procedure, Plaintiff suffered injury to the iliac vein, resulting in substantial blood loss, and alleged post-operative complications and injury. Plaintiff’s counsel also brought a negligent retention claim, alleging that Dr. Wingo’s prior medical malpractice claims, prior disciplinary record, and asserted corporate affiliations, should have alerted Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic (Dr. Wingo’s employer) that he was “unfit” to practice orthopedic surgery.


This complex case was litigated for over four (4) years, and involved thousands of pages of medical records, corporate documents and minutes, and the testimony of numerous witnesses and treating physicians, as well as experts in the field of orthopedics and orthopedic surgery. At the conclusion of the week-long trial, the jury found that Dr. Wingo was not negligent in his care and treatment of the Plaintiff, returning a full defense verdict in favor of Dr. Wingo and Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic.


Michael J. Thomas is licensed to practice law in Florida and Georgia, and has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.    He is a member of Pennington’s Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice Defense, Products Liability and Toxic Torts and Employment Law Practice Groups. 


Chad Hess is admitted to practice in all Florida and South Carolina state courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and the District of South Carolina.  He is a member of Pennington’s Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice Defense, Products Liability and Toxic Torts and Business Transaction and Litigation Practice Groups.