Elizabeth Fors is passionate about helping those injured from medical malpractice or personal injury.
In August 2017, Liz, along with Chris Messerly, obtained the largest wrongful death case in state history and what is believed to be the third largest verdict in the United States for a wrongful death case for these types of damages. The verdict was listed among the Top 100 Verdicts of 2017 by The National Law Journal. In addition, Liz and Chris were among Minnesota Lawyer’s 2017 Attorneys of the Year.
Before attending law school, Ms. Fors was an Emmy-nominated producer for live sporting events and live pre-game shows. During her ten years in the sports industry, she was involved in televising Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx, Brewers, and Bucks games as well as football, hockey, and basketball games at the University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota.
Ms. Fors enjoys exploring the outdoors with her dog, spending time with her family, and being the cool aunt to her niece and three nephews. She is also the two-time champion of her fantasy baseball league, a longtime knitter, and a lifelong reader of mystery novels.
In addition to the results below, Liz has secured multiple six- and seven-figure settlements that are confidential and cannot be reported.
$2.5 million jury verdict in Lincoln County (Sioux Falls, SD). Represented the widower of a 42-year-old mother of three, Anna, who went to her primary care provider of fifteen years to determine the cause of recent onset shortness of breath and fatigue. These are common symptoms of blood clots, especially in combination with Anna’s current physical status and medications. Her doctor did not recognize those risk factors and failed to order a D-liner blood test that would have ruled out the possibility of a clot. Anna died four days later in the emergency room.
$600,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case of a 75-year-old husband, father, and grandfather.
$1 million (statutory limit) settlement in a medical malpractice case of a 2-week-old baby girl. Baby M had an upper respiratory infection and cough. Her mom brought her to the hospital. There, residents and attending doctors proceeded to curl Baby M into a ball and attempt a spinal tap. On each attempt, Baby M’s breathing was labored, she turned grey, and her oxygen saturations dropped dramatically. The residents and attending then attempted multiple times to intubate Baby M, using non-standard tools for such a small baby. The resident punctured Baby M’s trachea, allowing air to seep into her abdomen and not into her lungs. Baby M suffered a hypoxic brain injury. She is totally dependent.
$599,000 settlement in medical malpractice case of a 34-month delay in diagnosing melanoma.
$1 million settlement for the family of a 30-year-old mother of two young children who went to a Minnesota Hospital for uncontrolled back pain and dehydration. Doctors ordered, and nurses administered, multiple opioid medications to control the pain. However, on her third day in the hospital, a hospitalist chose to increase the opioid dose by 97% without any increased monitoring – like continuous pulse oximetry. The doctor ordered a new fentanyl patch and doubled her oxycodone dose. Hours later nurses found her unresponsive in bed. She never regained consciousness and died a few days later.
$522,500 settlement for the wrongful death of a 63-year-old mother and grandmother due to the alleged failure to treat bacterial pneumonia.
$700,000 settlement for the family of a 65-year-old mother of three on blood thinners for A-Fib. She fell and hit her head. At the hospital, a radiologist read her CT scan as normal. Providers sent her home. About 6 hours later, a CT scan overread found bleeding in the brain.
$780,000 settlement in a medical malpractice wrongful death case of a 65-year-old wife and mother of two.
$200,000 settlement in a dog bite case. A neighbor’s dog bit our 3-year-old client’s face.
$1.2 million settlement for a 24-year-old woman killed by a driver who ran a stop sign.
$325,000 settlement for an active grandmother who fell off a chair and broke her heel bone – a complex calcaneus fracture. An orthopedic physician assistant at an orthopedic clinic in Minnesota determined our client did not need surgery. The PA felt he could treat it conservatively. Instead of receiving a referral to an ankle specialist right away, our client underwent nearly 30 physical therapy sessions and walked for months on a broken heel. Six months later the PA finally ordered an MRI, which showed the fractures did not heal correctly. At that point our client required an ankle fusion surgery.
$20.6 million jury verdict for the family of a 30-year-old woman who went to an emergency room with a fever and nausea three days after giving birth to her first child. The nurse practitioner defendant ignored lab tests showing that the woman had sepsis (a severe systemic infection) and sent her home. Twelve hours later, the woman was rushed back to the same emergency room, where she died. A jury returned a verdict in the amount of $20.6 million, which is the largest medical malpractice wrongful death verdict in state history.
$1.6 million settlement for the family of a 24-year-old single mother to her son, age four. She was on her way to work one icy morning, when her vehicle was struck by another car on I-94 in the northern Twin Cities suburbs. Her car was sent careening into a construction crane that was parked too close to the freeway. The crane decapitated her. Ms. Fors and her team sued the construction project’s general contractor as well as the company responsible for leaving the crane in a dangerous position.
- Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure (2020-present)
- MSBA Civil Litigation Section Governing Council (2017-present)
- Women Trial Lawyers Conference Planning Committee (2016-present)
- MN LRAP Board of Directors (2019-present)
- St. Stephen's & First Covenant Homeless Shelter, Meal Volunteer
- St. Thomas Law School, Mentor (2017-2020)
- Dakota County Library Foundation, Board of Directors (2016-2019)
- Election Protection, Voter Helpline (866-OUR-VOTE), Volunteer
- Jeremiah Program, Volunteer
- Mitchell Hamline School of Law Alumni Board, Member (2016-2019)
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