Michael G. Sabo focuses his practice in the areas of catastrophic loss, medical malpractice, product liability, construction accidents, industrial accidents and general liability. An experienced litigator, Michael has tried a number of cases to verdict himself, as well as second chaired a number of cases with Jack Snyder and participated in the defense of many jury trials. His caseload typically ranges from traumatic brain injuries to severe burns to quadriplegia.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from LaSalle College. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from Delaware Law School of Widener University.
Prior to entering the legal field, Michael worked for many years in the shipping industry as a member of the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA). His history and work experience gives him a unique perspective and knowledge base that has proven to be an invaluable asset to our Catastrophic Loss Group.
Mr. Sabo has been rated BV by Martindale-Hubbell.
Selected Representative Matters:
Construction, wrongful death (Camden County, New Jersey) - Plaintiff’s decedent was a 26 year old laborer who was killed when he fell from a ladder and was crushed by an 800 pound I-beam. Through exhaustive and sometimes contentious discovery, Michael was able to prove that decedent caused the accident by violating known job safety rules. It was also proven that decedent was illegally in the United States and suffered a nominal pecuniary loss as a result. The case resolved for a nominal amount at mediation.
Construction, paraplegia, total disability (Philadelphia County, PA) – Michael sat second chair with lead counsel Jack Snyder. The 37 year old plaintiff fell from a residential construction site and was rendered a paraplegic with chronic, unremitting pain. Plaintiff demanded $37.5 million but, during the defendant’s case-in-chief, the case settled before a Philadelphia jury in the amount of $8 million.
Construction, paraplegia, total disability (Philadelphia County, PA) - Plaintiff was 39 years old when he fell 2 stories during demolition of a condemned house. As a result of his accident, he was rendered an incomplete paraplegic. Plaintiff alleged that defendant was negligent in its supervision of the job site and safety. Plaintiff’s demand was $9.5 million. Defendant argued that its oversight was proper and that the party at fault was plaintiff, he knew demolition work was dangerous, had performed demolitions in the past and knew that any part of a building could collapse at any time. The case resolved at mediation for $4 million.
Medical malpractice, informed consent, wrongful death (Philadelphia County, PA) - In a case of first impression, Michael successfully argued to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that a hospital, as a matter of law, could not be held vicariously liable for the alleged failure of one of its employee physicians to obtain a patient’s informed consent to a procedure. Valles v. Albert Einstein Medical Center, et al, 805 A.2d 1232 (Pa. 2002)
Medical malpractice, failure to diagnose (Philadelphia County, PA) - Plaintiff alleged that defendant hospital and its emergency room physician were negligent for failing to discover and remove a foreign object from plaintiff’s cheek following an accident. The jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants.
Medical malpractice, wrongful death (Philadelphia County, PA) - Plaintiff alleged defendant was negligent in failing to perform surgery on her decedent. Plaintiff’s demand was in excess of $1 million. Following trial the jury was deadlocked. The case was then submitted to an arbitration with a finding in favor of the client.
Medical malpractice, shoulder dystocia, birth-related injury (Philadelphia County, PA) - Plaintiffs alleged defendant maternal fetal medicine specialists were negligent in the prenatal care and delivery of minor plaintiff resulting in shoulder dystocia. Due to her injury minor plaintiff underwent a series of surgeries to alleviate her brachial plexus injury. Plaintiffs’ demand was $7 million. The jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants.
Medical malpractice, wrongful death, thyroid storm (Philadelphia County, PA) - Plaintiff’s decedent presented to the defendant Medical Center with a chief complaint of syncope with shortness of breath, lightheadedness and a racing heart beat. She had a 4 day history of increasing shortness of breath, positive history of asthma, sweats/chills and vomiting. The clinical suspicion was thyroid storm. The following day she suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest. The patient was resuscitated and intubated but expired several weeks later. Plaintiff contended that the care and treatment, particularly the medications administered in the first 24 hours of presentation, caused decedent’s collapse and ultimately her death. Plaintiff’s demand had been $3 million. During arbitration, Michael was able to prove that all care and treatment was appropriate, thus resulting in an award in favor of the client.
Medical malpractice, nursing home, wrongful death (Philadelphia County, PA) - Decedent had a long and complicated medical history prior to the admission to defendant nursing home. While in the defendant’s facility, he developed pressure sores, change in mental status, renal failure and was involved in an incident wherein he suffered a burn from hot coffee. Plaintiff’s demand was $7 million. As a result of exhaustive discovery and close consultation with numerous medical experts, Michael was prepared to prove that decedent’s medical problems were the result of his pre-existing conditions and the case resolved prior to trial for $150,000.00.
Medical malpractice, battery, civil rights violation (United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania) - A 9-month-old male in foster care was brought to the defendant’s emergency department by a Social worker with facial bruising (the child was designated a Trauma Level 2.) The social worker had picked up the child from a foster home and brought the child to the ED with a history of falling out of a high chair. Allegedly, the ED trauma resident failed to notify police and failed to obtain consent for treatment (battery) from the natural parents of the child. The child was transferred to a pediatric facility after a fractured skull was diagnosed. Plaintiff alleged civil rights violations and medical negligence. The court granted Michael’s motion and dismissed the case.
- New Jersey
U.S. District Court for New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Delaware Law School of Widener University, J.D. 1989
LaSalle College, B.A. 1984