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$7.5 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict for Retired Pensacola Firefighter and Wife


Editor’s Note: This story was covered in the Pensacola News Journal on May 21, 2022.

Levin Papantonio Rafferty (LPR) Attorneys Cameron Stephenson and Justin Lusko secured a $7.5 million medical malpractice verdict for a retired Pensacola firefighter and his wife. After a nearly two-week local trial, the jury returned the verdict in the late afternoon on Wednesday, May 18th. The issue in the case involved the delay in diagnosis and treatment of necrotizing fasciitis, caused by the bacteria vibrio vulnificus, which resulted in leg amputation above the knee.

“This verdict, this result, is all about my clients,” Stephenson said. “What happened to them should have never happened. Justice was done, and I have never been prouder in my professional career.

“We had good facts and wonderful clients, and the jury just saw the truth. These clients will forever have a place in my heart,” Stephenson added.

About Attorney Cameron Stephenson

Cameron Stephenson is a partner at Levin Papantonio Rafferty law firm in Pensacola. Before joining LPR, he practiced as a prosecutor in Pensacola for the Office of State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit, where he tried approximately fifteen jury trials and five judge trials in one year. He has successfully settled or mediated numerous personal injury and wrongful death cases, several for $1 million or more. Notable prior verdicts include one for $3.3 million following a trial involving a defective Yamaha Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) that seriously and permanently injured his client. Another verdict for $2.6 million followed a trial involving the wrongful death of a construction worker who was fatally burned in a natural gas leak flash fire.

Stephenson’s current practice is primarily focused on Mass Tort pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. He is actively involved in several pending Multi-District Litigations (MDLs), including Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer (MDL No. 2738) and Proton Pump Inhibitor/Kidney Disease (MDL No. 2789).

About Attorney Justin Lusko

Justin Lusko is a partner at Levin Papantonio Rafferty, focusing his practice on medical malpractice litigation. Before joining LPR in 2015, he practiced as an Assistant State Attorney with the Office of State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit, for four years, where he tried more than fifty-five jury trials to verdict.

About Levin, Papantonio, Rafferty

The Levin, Papantonio, Rafferty law firm has been representing the injured people of Pensacola since 1955. The firm has gained national recognition as one of the most successful personal injury firms in the country and has been featured on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, as well as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Forbes, and National Law Journal.

The law firm’s attorneys handle lawsuits throughout the country involving prescription drugs, medical devices, medical malpractice, car accidents, and business litigation. Levin Papantonio Rafferty has earned more than $30 billion in jury verdicts and settlements, litigating against some of the largest corporations in the world.

For questions about the firm’s legal practice, call 1 (800) 277-1193.


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