Experienced and respected
Richard Fox handles personal injury cases, including birth trauma, medical malpractice, and motor vehicle negligence. Throughout his career, which has spanned over 45 years, Rick has successfully represented clients in medical negligence and other personal injury claims.
Because of the unique skills and knowledge Rick possesses in the area of birth trauma cases, many of his clients are the parents of newborn babies who suffered tragic – and preventable – injuries shortly before, during or after labor and delivery. For example, one of the cases that Rick is most proud of involved a $4.75 million settlement for the parents of a newborn baby who suffered severe brain damage after a resident failed to properly interpret a fetal non-stress test. This oversight meant that the attending physician was not put on notice that the newborn was in need of continued observation and, perhaps, a hastened delivery. Rick has represented hundreds of families over the years, each with their own story that Rick has helped to tell.
Rick has a wealth of experience, and as a result, has garnered significant respect from others in the legal community. For example, back in 2002, Rick represented a client in a medical malpractice case that resulted in the largest reported settlement in a medical negligence case in the State of Michigan. He has been repeatedly chosen by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® for the specialty of Personal Injury Litigation. Rick has also been chosen as a Michigan Super Lawyer for more than fifteen years straight.
When it comes to what guides Rick, he believes that there is no greater satisfaction than “righting a wrong” on behalf of an injured victim. From a very young age, Rick wanted to be a lawyer to help people and help them resolve their conflicts. After graduating cum laude from the Detroit College of Law, Rick chose the area of personal injury law because he has always enjoyed meeting, helping and working directly with new people. He appreciates the perspective that each new client brings, and uses these experiences to grow his practice. Rick has also authored several legal practice guides over the years.
- $4.75 million settlement: An infant with brain damage due to a family practice resident’s failure to properly interpret a fetal non-stress test and failure to recognize the need for continued observation and timely delivery
- $3.7 million settlement: An infant with brain-damage resulting from the obstetrician being notified too late to come to the hospital for labor and delivery
- $3.25 million settlement: A four-year-old boy sustained brain damage while undergoing a diagnostic MRI under conscious sedation, due to anesthesia personnel’s failure to closely monitor the child
- $3 million settlement: A one-year-old infant suffered brain damage and cortical blindness as the result of obstetric residents’ failure to timely perform an emergency C-section
- $2.5 million settlement: A five-year-old child sustained a hypoxic ischemic brain injury due to delay in delivery and failure to timely recognize and act upon fetal monitor tracings demonstrating fetal distress
- $2.45 million settlement: A child with cerebral palsy resulting from a 30-minute delay in an emergency C-section
- $2.375 million settlement: A 55-year-old man became paralyzed and cognitively compromised following a stroke due to nursing staff’s failure to conduct neurological checks ordered by his physician
- $1.25 million settlement for a mother and son in a negligent kidney transplant case
- $1.165 million verdict: An Ohio man spent five months in the hospital for perforation of the small bowel during a laparoscopic hernia repair
- $1.1 million settlement: An infant injured by pediatrician’s failure to recognize severe dehydration, hypoglycemia
- $800,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case involving a negligent cervical epidural steroid injection
- American Association for Justice
- Michigan Association for Justice
- Oakland County Bar Association
- Detroit College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1976
- Central Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts, 1973
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan