Phillip A. Kuri
Phil, a partner at Elk & Elk since 2012, focuses on injuries of a catastrophic nature including personal injury, medical malpractice, trucking, products liability and general tort law. He has won substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Kuri maintains active memberships in the American Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association. He is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Ohio Academy for Justice, American Association for Justice - Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is admitted to practice in Ohio, before the Northern and Southern U.S. District Courts of Ohio and before U.S. federal courts.
Settlements and Verdicts
$39 Million Jury Verdict – Wrongful death due to employer’s negligence (April 2014)
Case brought on behalf of a 41-year-old Ohio man who died while working in a construction zone. A Cleveland jury awarded $19 million in compensation for wrongful death, and $20 million in punitive damages.
$6.3 Million Verdict – Medical malpractice results in hypoxic brain injury (October 2009)
$3.65 Million Settlement – Truck accident where a floor mat (product defect) caused unintentional acceleration, causing severe and permanent injuries (January 2017)
$3.5 Million – Client undergoing heart surgery sustained brain injury (2014)
$2 Million – Employer intentional tort results in serious injuries (March 2009)
While at work, a crane fell on the Plaintiff, resulting in serious injuries and lost wages. Plaintiff was admitted for intense rehabilitation and surgery.
$1.375 Million – Birth injury due to improper use of suction during delivery (April 2014)
Labor and delivery claim resulting in permanent, debilitating brain damage to the infant and injury to the mother.
$1.15 Million – Death due to medical negligence by heart surgeon (December 2013)
Plaintiff’s heart was damaged during an ill-advised surgical procedure. The surgeon failed to repair the damage properly, resulting in death.
$800,000 Jury Verdict - Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death (September 2016)
The Decedent, age 69, was recovering in a nursing /rehab facility following bowel surgery. Plaintiffs alleged the Defendant physician negligently failed to appropriately order, manage and monitor the Decedent’s anticoagulation therapy resulting in a brain bleed and her death on August 3, 2011. (Hamilton County)
$785,000 – Slip and fall results in lumbar injury (September 2009)
Plaintiff fell on a wet floor while shopping at a grocery store. The water was present on white flooring and was not visible by shoppers. Plaintiff suffered a lumbar strain.
$750,000 – Police officer struck by motorist while on foot, resulting in severe back injuries (March 2014)
Plaintiff was on the side of the road when a passing motorist veered into her, slamming her into a parked vehicle, causing her to suffer spinal injuries.
$750,000 – Medical malpractice results in patient’s death. (March 2012)
Plaintiff underwent surgery for the removal of a tumor. During the procedure, the surgeon damaged an artery, resulting in a massive stroke and death.
$650,000 – Serious injuries due to motor vehicle accident (April 2012)
A pregnant woman suffered multiple fractures to her hip, sacrum and back when a hotel employee lost control of a passenger shuttle and crashed.
$500,000 – Improper care results in diabetic coma and death (March 2012)
55-year-old mother of five children dies needlessly in a rehabilitation center, due to improper monitoring of her blood sugar.
$450,000 – Nursing home resident injured during transportation (May 2013)
81-year-old Plaintiff was not secured properly while travelling in a vehicle and fell from her wheelchair, resulting in fractures to her knees and back.
$450,000 – Woman may never walk again due to nursing home negligence (February 2011)
Nursing home staff members failed to follow safety protocols, dropping Plaintiff repeatedly. The 77-year-old woman suffered lacerations and a hip fracture, leaving her permanently bedridden.
$430,000 – Intentional Tort (September 2013)
Plaintiff’s fingers were severed while operating machinery due to her employer’s deliberate removal of a safety guard.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Ohio, 1993
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1994
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. Federal Courts
- University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio
- J.D. - 1993
- The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
- B.A. - 1990
- Major: Political Science
Honors and Awards
- Ohio Super Lawyers - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- Ohio Super Lawyers - Top 50 Cleveland Area Super Lawyers - 2013, 2016, 2017
- Ohio Super Lawyers - Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers - 2013, 2016, 2017
- Recognized by the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums
- American Association for Justice Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Ohio 2009, 2010
- Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating - 4.4/5.0 BV/ Distinguished
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Ohio Association for Justice
- Cuyahoga County Bar Association
- Ohio Academy of Civil Trial Attorneys