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BSPH 2016 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

The law firm of Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp CO. L.P.A is pleased to announce the attorneys who are recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine. These selections are for Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. We congratulate each attorney on obtaining this state wide recognition from their peers.

BSPH 2016 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

BSPH 2016 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars


Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A. is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in downtown Cincinnati and the addition of Paul McCartney as a shareholder

Paul McCartney
Paul W. McCartney

BSPH is proud to announce the opening of a new office in downtown Cincinnati and the addition of Paul McCartney as a shareholder who will head the firm's operations in southwest Ohio. Mr. McCartney brings 25 years of legal experience in representing and defending health care and long term care providers throughout the state of Ohio. He has been an Ohio Super Lawyer for many years, is currently an Ohio Top 100 and Cincinnati Top 50 lawyer, holds a Best Lawyers in America status, a Martindale Hubble AV pre-eminent rating and was awarded the status of a 2014 Top Lawyer in Medical Malpractice by Martindale and American Lawyer Magazine. Mr. McCartney is a graduate of Kenyon College and The Ohio State University College of Law.

"We are extremely gratified that a lawyer of Mr. McCartney's talent and reputation has joined the BSPH team," said Jeff Van Wagner, Managing Shareholder for BSPH. "His addition allows us to anchor BSPH's presence in southern Ohio and continue to provide the highest quality of legal representation which our firm has long been known for throughout the state."

The expansion of BSPH's presence to Cincinnati advances the firm's impressive history of excellence in providing the highest quality of legal representation to hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and other health care providers throughout Ohio and Florida. BSPH has a long-standing reputation for achieving the best possible outcomes for its clients due to its unparalleled commitment to excellence in preparation, counseling and advocacy.

BSPH continues to enjoy a widely diverse practice which includes all varieties of professional liability and malpractice defense, health and long term care, product liability and toxic tort, employment and general negligence.


Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of three new attorneys and two new office locations

Kenneth R Beddow
Kenneth R. Beddow
Margo S Meola
Margo S. Meola

BSPH is pleased to announce the opening of two new offices in Mansfield and Youngstown. The firm is also pleased to announce the addition of three new attorneys. Kenneth R. Beddow is a Shareholder in the Mansfield office, Margo S. Meola is a Shareholder in the Youngstown office.

Please see below for the Firm's two new office locations.

Mansfield Office
24 West Third Street, Suite 204
Mansfield, OH 44902-8656
419.522.6242 Phone
419.525.0258 Fax

Youngstown Office
4137 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 101
Canfield, OH 44406-1584
330.286.3701 Phone
330.286.3745 Fax


Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A. would like to congratulate Steven J. Hupp and Ronald A. Margolis on obtaining a unanimous defense verdict

Ronald A Margolis
Ronald A. Margolis
Steven Hupp
Steven J. Hupp

BSPH would like to congratulate Steven J. Hupp and Ronald A. Margolis on obtaining a unanimous defense verdict this week for an Emergency Medicine physician in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court. Plaintiff was a sixty-four year old woman who was on Plavix and Aspirin due to having Cardiac stents. She fell and hit her head on concrete, suffering an impact injury and facial laceration from her glasses.

Plaintiff claimed that the E.M. physician was negligent for not ordering a CT scan of the head because she was at high risk for a Subdural Hematoma ("SDH"), which she suffered five days after presenting to the emergency room. As a result of the SDH, Plaintiff suffered a significant and permanent brain damage. Plaintiff was a teacher who now requires fulltime nursing home care.

Plaintiff's economic damages totaled $2.7 million dollars. The defense focused on the relevant medical literature and guidelines from both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Advanced Trauma Life Support. Plaintiff's counsel requested a verdict of between $3.5 to $4.0 million dollars.

The jury returned with their defense verdict after only one hour of deliberations.


Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A. would like to congratulate Bret C. Perry and Ronald A. Margolis on obtaining a defense verdict

Bret C. Perry
Bret C. Perry
Ronald A Margolis
Ronald A. Margolis

BSPH would like to congratulate Bret C. Perry and Ronald A. Margolis on their recent defense verdict in a medical malpractice and wrongful death action involving the untimely death of a 45 year old, married, father of three minor children earning approximately $95,000 per year. Plaintiff's decedent was admitted to the neuro-intensive care unit with a large brain aneurysm. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant-neurosurgeon and defendant-nurse practitioner were negligent in failing to appreciate the signs and symptoms of a sentinel bleed (warning bleed). Plaintiff claimed that the failure to appreciate the signs and symptoms of the sentinel bleed delayed further intervention and resulted in the decedent suffering a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage causing his death.

In response, Attorneys Perry and Margolis obtained concessions from Plaintiff's experts as to the likely cause of the presenting symptoms. Further, Attorneys Perry and Margolis offered expert testimony establishing that the signs and symptoms attributed to the sentinel bleed were most likely related to the size of the aneurysm and the unique and rare location of the aneurysm within the brain.

Plaintiff asked the jury to return a verdict in the range of $7,000,0000 - $8,000,000. The jury returned a defense verdict in less than two hours of deliberations.


Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A. is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Medina, Ohio, and the addition of addition of Brian D. Kerns

Brian D Kerns
Brian D. Kerns

BSPH is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Medina, Ohio, and the addition of Brian D. Kerns as a shareholder who will head the firm's operations in Medina County. Brian brings 28 years of legal experience to BSPH. He is a 1982 graduate of Ohio University and a 1986 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law. He is a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and an Ohio "Super Lawyer". He was inducted as a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and is a Delegate with the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates.

Brian specializes in civil defense litigation and handles a myriad of general liability defense matters for various insurance companies.

The expansion of BSPH's presence to Medina advances the Firm's impressive history of excellence in providing the highest quality of legal representation to its clients throughout Ohio and Florida. BSPH has a long-standing reputation for achieving the best possible outcomes due to its unparalleled commitment to excellence in preparation, counseling and advocacy.

BSPH continues to enjoy a widely diverse practice which includes all varieties of professional liability, malpractice defense, health and long term care, product liability, toxic tort, employment and general negligence.


Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A. would like to congratulate Steven J. Hupp and Donald H. Switzer on obtaining a defense verdict following a seven day medical malpractice trial in Trumbull County, Ohio.

Steven Hupp
Steven J. Hupp
Donald H Switzer
Donald H. Switzer

Plaintiff claimed that the Defendant Emergency Medicine Physician failed to timely diagnosis a blood clot in the distal aorta of a 53 year old married man. The nurses’ notes, as well as the family’s testimony, indicated that Plaintiff had pale, pulseless, cool feet, with numbness, during the entire seven hours Plaintiff was in the Emergency Department. The Defendants’ performed a physical exam which found a pedal pulse and otherwise normal legs and feet. Plaintiffs’ further claimed that if the blood clot was timely diagnosed, Plaintiff’s bilateral below the knee amputations would have been avoided.

Attorneys Hupp and Switzer offered expert testimony from three different specialists. They presented an Emergency Medicine Expert who opined that the Defendant met the standard of care in all respects. They presented an Infectious Disease Expert to establish at the time of the Emergency Room visit the Plaintiff was suffering from sepsis due to a month old infected surgical wound. Finally, the defense presented testimony from a Vascular Surgery Expert to establish that the definitive surgery needed for acute aortic occlusion could not have occurred because the patient’s sepsis prevented the use of general anesthetic.

The jury returned its verdict in favor of the Defendant, Emergency Medicine Physician, after one hour of deliberations. The Plaintiff requested that the jury return a verdict in the amount of $5,000,000.


Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A. would like to congratulate Ronald A. Margolis and Bret C. Perry on obtaining a defense verdict following a seven day medical malpractice and wrongful death trial in Lorain County, Ohio.

Ronald A. Margolis
Ronald A. Margolis
Bret C. Perry
Bret C. Perry

Plaintiff claimed that the defendant Hospital Medicine Physician was negligent in the care and treatment of a 54 year old male following open heart surgery. Specifically, Plaintiff claimed that the defendant Hospital Medicine Physician failed to appropriately recognize and institute treatment for an alleged developing pleural effusion following the decedent’s open heart surgery. Plaintiff claimed that the alleged pleural effusions continued to progress resulting in respiratory compromise and ultimately the death of the decedent.

Attorneys Margolis and Perry countered offering expert testimony that the care provided by the defendant Hospital Medicine Physician was appropriate. More importantly, expert testimony was offered which established that the decedent's death was not the result of massive bilateral pleural effusions, but rather an unforeseeable cardiac arrhythmia resulting in sudden cardiac death.

The jury returned its verdict in favor of the defendant Hospital Medicine Physician in less than three hours. The Plaintiff requested that the jury return a verdict in the amount of $1,600,000.00.


Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A.

Fourteen BSPH attorneys selected to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists

The firm proudly congratulates its 14 attorneys selected to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. In addition, the firm is represented in The Best Lawyers in America and The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

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