Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Attorneys Obtain Two Million Dollar Verdict for Surviving Parents
Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys Bryan Caulfield and Lorrie Robinson, with assistance from Attorney Matthew Noyes, were successful in obtaining a $2,025,000.00 verdict on behalf of their clients on Monday in Tampa, Florida.
The case involved the wrongful death of 17-year-old Matthew Miulli who died during conditioning for the Alonzo High School baseball team in January 2005. The lawsuit alleged that the Hillsborough County School Board failed to use reasonable care in allowing Matt Miulli to participate in the conditioning activities without first obtaining a pre-participation physical examination. In the consolidated medical malpractice case, the jury heard argument that Matt Miulli’s pediatrician-who was co-managing Matt’s cardiac condition with the cardiologist-breached the prevailing standard of care by clearing Matt for baseball without first confirming that there was clearance from Matt’s cardiologist.
“The parents were glad to be able to tell the jury their story and respect the jury’s verdict,” Attorney Bryan Caulfield said after the verdict.
Following Matt’s death, many positive thing occurred through the efforts of his parents-Kathy and Jim Miulli. Through their efforts in Hillsborough County and in Tallahassee, two additional ambulances were funded for and youth sports received funding for defibrillators. Although Matt’s death was tragic, many lives have been saved.