Michael W. O'Neil brings his extensive experience to The Skolnick Weiser Law Firm's Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability/SSI practice areas. He focuses his practice on representing injured and disabled employees and individuals. With close to two decades of experience in Workers' Compensation matters, Social Security Disability and SSI claims, Michael has established himself as a highly respected attorney both in and out of the courtroom.
In addition to his legal career, Michael O'Neil is a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1986-1990. He served with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, as well as stateside assignments at Ft. Benning, GA and Ft. Jackson, SC.
BIRTH/BRAIN INJURY/MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VERDICT - $17,000,000
Medical malpractice - cerebral palsy trial against an obstetrician and a hospital for failure to timely detect placental abruption/fetal distress and timely intervene via C-section, resulting in cerebral palsy and moderate mental impairment. The jury awarded $15,000,0000 for the child and $2,0000,0000 for the parents. A post-trial Motion for Pre-Judgment Interest resulted in a judgment of $32,000,000. The case resolved for a confidential amount after oral argument in the appellate court.
BRAIN INJURY/MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT - $3,600,000
Represented a woman whose neurosurgeon failed to detect evidence that an aneurysm in her brain was about to burst, which resulted in a catastrophic brain bleed. The matter resolved for $3,600,000.
TRUCK ACCIDENT VERDICT - $2,368,000
Represented a commercial truck driver for post-traumatic stress disorder sustained when a motorist intruded into his lane of travel, causing him to veer to his left to avoid a collision and then attempt to get his rig back into his lane of travel. After avoiding the collision, the driver was unable to prevent the rig from tuning onto its side and sliding into a wall adjacent to the highway. After the rig collided with the wall, the driver was trapped in his seat for about ninety minutes. During this time, the driver smelled the overpowering odor of diesel fuel, which had spilled onto the highway. Aware of the very real threat of a fire from the spilled diesel fuel, he valiantly and steadfastly maintained his composure until rescued. A previously very active, bold man, the driver became virtually housebound secondary to post-traumatic stress disorder. The jury awarded him $2,368,000.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT VERDICT - $243,000
Represented a man for soft tissue injuries sustained when a driver negligently drove her car into the car in which his wife was sitting while he was leaning into it and handing her mail. As a result of injuries sustained in the collision, he was unable to interact with his many grandchildren as he had before the collision. The jury awarded the seventy-five-year-old man $243,000.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VERDICT - $150,000
Represented a patient on whom a general surgeon performed unnecessary hiatal hernia surgery, resulting in numerous complications. Trial went to verdict and the jury awarded plaintiff $150,000.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENTS - Confidential settlements
Represented children in multiple cases in which delivery was complicated by a shoulder dystocia (a difficult delivery because the infant's shoulder becomes stuck as he/she travels down the birth canal) and in which physicians failed to manage the dystocia within the standard of care by pulling hard on the head during delivery, resulting in brachial plexus injuries, which in turn resulted in various degrees of permanent paralysis to the infants' arms. These cases resulted in confidential settlements.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/WRONGFUL DEATH SETTLEMENT - Confidential settlement
Represented the family of a fifty-seven-year old restaurant owner whose interventional cardiologist failed to detect and timely intervene to repair a perforation of his left anterior descending artery that occurred during stent placement. This resulted in a condition known as cardiac tamponade, which caused the patient's heart to stop beating and he died. The case resolved for confidential amount.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT - Confidential settlement
Represented a young boy for his eye doctor's failure to detect and timely correct amblyopia, resulting in legal blindness in one eye. With significant allegations of parental negligence, this matter resolved for a confidential amount.
BIRTH/BRAIN INJURY/MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/WRONGFUL DEATH - Confidential settlement
Represented the mother of a deceased infant in which the obstetrician failed to detect and treat maternal hypertension during her pregnancy, resulting in stillbirth. This case resolved for a confidential amount.
PREMISES LIABILITY/WRONGFUL DEATH - Confidential settlement
Represented parents in a premises liability case in which they placed a crib for their infant in the only place most suitable in an apartment bedroom, which was beneath a window with a venetian blind. The infant became entangled in a blind cord, resulting in death by strangulation. With significant allegations of parental fault, the matter settled for a confidential amount.
Areas of Practice
- Workers' Compensation
- Social Security Disability
- Ohio, 1994
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2000
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2002
- U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2000
- Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
- Honors: cum laude
- St. Bonaventure University
Past Employment Positions
- U.S. Army, 1986 to 1990