|[November 19, 2012]
Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. Announce Settlement Approval of a Class Action Litigation Involving Delaware Pediatrician's Victims
BALTIMORE --(Business Wire)--
The "worst case of single perpetrator sexual abuse in the country,"
according to counsel, Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A., has been
settled. Today, Delaware Superior Court Judge Joseph Slights III
approved the $123 million settlement for victims of former Delaware
pediatrician Earl Bradley, accused of sexually abusing over 900
children. The case, C.A. Nos. N10C-05-023 (JRS) & N10C-10-317 (JRS), was
a civil class action lawsuit filed by the families of the victims
against Beebe Medical Center, the Medical Society of Delaware and
Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. represented the largest number of
plaintiffs of all law firms involved in the case, which took over 16
months to resolve. The attorneys chose mediation instead of litigation
for a quicker, more efficient resolution of the case to bring about a
swift closure for the victims involved.
Inconjunction with other counsel, Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. was
able to negotiate a settlement package of $123 million. Of that amount,
$119 million came from six different insurance companies covering Beebe
Medical Center, $3 million from the Medical Society of Delaware, and $1
million in free medical and mental health care from the hospital for the
"The damages caused by child sexual abuse are far reaching," said Phil
Federico, partner. "We want to ensure that these children have access to
appropriate medical and mental health care to begin the healing process."
Managing partner Jonathan Schochor notes that the case is far from over
in the hearts of the victims and their families. "We have achieved an
extraordinary result for our clients under very difficult
circumstances," he said. "Now, our clients will be afforded an
opportunity to obtain the finest medical care available to help them
cope with what occurred and lead productive lives."
The attorneys at Schochor, Federico & Staton interviewed each client to
determine the nature and extent of abuse. They also submitted evidence
that included a copy of a letter written by Dr. Bradley's sister to the
defendant hospital and the medical society, warning them about her
For nearly 30 years, Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. has been a leader
in medical malpractice law, recovering over $700 million in damages on
behalf of its clients. For more information, visit www.sfspa.com.
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