“I have dedicated my career to giving a voice to those who have suffered serious harm from poor medical care or negligent actions by the medical industry.”
Steven G. Wigrizer
In January 2020, Steven G. Wigrizer joined SM&B as Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Department. Mr. Wigrizer has been a premiere medical negligence attorney in the region for decades and brings nearly forty (40) years of experience to the team. His sustained success in medical malpractice actions has brought him national acclaim.
In 2017, Mr. Wigrizer served as co-lead counsel with Bob Mongeluzzi in the Philadelphia Salvation Army Thrift Store Collapse trial, which resulted in the historic liability verdict and record-setting settlement. The trial lasted nearly six months, the longest civil trial in Philadelphia history. The $227 million dollar settlement is believed to be the largest in Pennsylvania history.
In addition to the $227 million dollar result in the Salvation Army trial, Mr. Wigrizer has achieved numerous impressive verdicts and settlements, including:
- $45 million verdict in “Tacony Dungeon” case
- $10 million settlement reached on behalf of patients suffering kidney injury
- $8 million settlement for medical malpractice resulting in neurological injury to infant
- $7.6 million settlement for misdiagnosed bacterial meningitis
- $7.25 million settlement for plaintiff injured in elevator malfunction
- $6.5 million settlement in premises liability case
- $6.4 million settlement for brain injury on construction site
- $6 million settlement for construction site fall
- $6 million settlement in failure to diagnose terminal cancer
By way of new litigation and practice areas, Steve recently filed suit on behalf of the City of Coatesville in the groundbreaking Opioid litigation against the manufacturers and distributors of the product. Steve believes that the root cause of the opioid crisis is over prescription, which stems directly from deceptive and misleading information provided to prescribing doctors. At Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, Steve now serves as the Chairman of the Medical Malpractice group.
We all place tremendous trust and respect in our doctors and hospitals, who we rely upon to protect our most precious possession, our health. Sadly, healthcare has changed in this country. Now many doctors are employed by large healthcare conglomerates and attention to individual patients is waning as more and more physicians are being replaced by PAs and Nurse Practitioners who are not positioned to provide a high level of care. The result is increases in injury and death for which healthcare providers must be held accountable.
Recognizing that members of the public are frequently not well informed about their rights and in an effort to provide the community with updated information about the law and topics of general interest, Steve hosts a television show which appears on Main Line TV as well as Phillycam. The show is called The Leading Question and some of the episodes are available on YouTube. His guests include other attorneys, politicians, and judges as well as members of the public. The show is done entirely as a public service.
Finally, Steve is an active board member in an organization known as PeaceDrums USA. The organization promotes peace, understanding, and mutual respect among individuals of diverse religions and backgrounds in the Middle East through the shared experience of music. While much of the work involves fundraising, Steve performs with his band regularly at the organization’s galas. Steve’s band also performs at charity events around the Delaware Valley throughout the year.
The Leading Question with Steve Wigrizer and Christine Storm, Regional Director of Student Assistance Programs at Caron Treatment Centers.Photo Credit: MLTV - Main Line Network
Steven G. Wigrizer was interviewed on the Dr. Phil show about a recent case. https://www.drphil.com/slideshows/house-of-horrors-steven-josh-robert
Honors & Awards
- Perennially named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers
- Perennially named a Top 100 lawyer in the Philadelphia Area by Super Lawyers
- Retained as special counsel for the First Judicial District of Philadelphia
- Specially admitted to practice in other states
- Boston University School of Law, 1979, J.D.
- Pennsylvania State University, 1976, magna cum laude
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
- Past President
- Board member
- Frequent lecturer
- Philadelphia Bar Association Fees Dispute Committee
- Past Chairman
- Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board
- Hearing examiner
- PeaceDrums USA
- Board member
Lectures and Seminars
- In 2019, Mr. Wigrizer was asked to speak at the 2019 National Trial Lawyers Summit in Miami. He presented along with a Board Certified Oncologist focusing primarily on cancer causation, an area in which Steve is well known to have great expertise.
- He is also regularly invited to lecture on Medical Malpractice at the annual PAJ seminar.