Consumer Justice Attorney Edward M. Ricci seeks justice for victims of cemetery desecration, personal injury, crashworthiness and consumer fraud.Ed has been actively involved in the representation of more than 1000 cases over the course of his career. His success in the courtroom is legendary. Below are just some of the notable and precedent setting cases that he has handled over his thirty plus year career as a civil trial attorney.
Christina a 15-month-old infant contracted encephalitis during a mosquito outbreak one rainy Fall in Florida. Her mother worked as a house cleaner and her father worked as a tire changer whose company employed a staff of six. Fortunately Christina's father had group health insurance because her medical condition was so severe that she was transferred from St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach to Children's Hospital in Miami.
Christina remained in Children's Hospital for several months in a coma. When her hospital bills broke through the ,000 range, Sentry Insurance refused to pay for any further medical care.
Because ERISA protects insurance companies, not consumers, attorney Edward M. Ricci was the only attorney in West Palm Beach to represent the family on a contingency basis and only accepted court ordered attorney fees.
Ricci won the coverage case in State court but three months later discovered that Sentry Insurance lied to Children's Hospital and got out of paying 0,000 on medical bills owed by making a "charitable contribution" to the hospital for ,000.
Ricci encouraged and got the hospital to agree to co-counsel a case against Sentry Insurance for fraud. After a month long jury trial a lay jury composed of an accountant, an aeronautical engineer, a retired postal worker, a minister's wife and a church secretary awarded the Wilson family and Children's Hospital ,150,000. The case was precedent setting in the challenging the application of ERISA law to blatant fraud by managed care companies.
For more than four decades, Edward M. Ricci has specialized in civil trial law. He pursues justice for victims in the areas of consumer class actions, auto accidents, personal injury and wrongful deaths, cemetery desecrations, insurance litigation and consumer claims. The firm serves consumers throughout Florida and the United States.