Robert Howell | Mark Corbitt, M.D. v. South Georgia Medical Center | $10 million verdict


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This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Robert Howell of Howell Law Firm, P.C. (

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Accomplished Georgia personal injury attorney Robert Howell of Howell Law Firm, P.C. explains how he represented a highly skilled vascular surgeon whose medical career was cut short due to negligence at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Georgia. On January 25, 2010, Dr. Mark Corbitt entered Operating Room 5 to write orders for surgery and attempted to sit on a stool with hard caster wheels. The stool, which was designed to function in carpeted offices, shot out from underneath Dr. Corbitt, causing him to hit his head on the hard floor. Dr. Corbitt was diagnosed with post-concussive epilepsy, resulting in numerous grand mal seizures and constant headaches, and lost his ability to perform surgeries or practice medicine. Despite the hospital's knowledge that numerous physicians had fallen or had difficulty with the stools since they were originally purchased in 2006, the stools remained in use. In 2017, a Lowndes County, Georgia jury assigned 70% of the fault to South Georgia Medical Center and awarded $10,000,000 in damages to Dr. Corbitt. At the time, this was the largest plaintiff verdict on record in Lowndes County, Georgia.

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Guest Bio:

Robert Howell

Robert D. "Robb" Howell is the founding partner of Howell Law Firm, P.C.. He handles catastrophic and high-stakes injury cases, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical lawsuits, and business litigation. From his offices in Moultrie, Thomasville, and Albany, Georgia, he represents clients throughout the state and the southeast. He also maintains an Atlanta office and serves as Of-Counsel to the firm of Conley Griggs Partin, LLP.

Due to his dedicated representation and trial skills, Mr. Howell has obtained many seven-figure and eight-figure recoveries on behalf of his clients. Since opening in February 2006, Howell Law Firm has recovered well over $80,000,000 for clients who were injured or harmed by the negligence of others. Robb has been particularly successful in securing large recoveries for his clients in small, rural, and traditionally-conservative venues. For example, in May 2014, Mr. Howell was lead counsel in a medical malpractice trial in Lowndes County Superior Court which resulted in a record-setting verdict of $1,811,377.09 for his client. This was the highest personal injury jury verdict in the history of Lowndes County, Georgia at the time. Mr. Howell's verdict in this trial was featured as one of the top verdicts in Georgia in 2014 by the Daily Report on July 31, 2015.

In January 2017, Mr. Howell was lead counsel in another record-setting trial verdict in Lowndes County, Georgia. In that case, Mr. Howell secured a $10 million dollar verdict on behalf of his client who suffered a brain injury from a fall at South Georgia Medical Center. This verdict was reported as the largest ever for a plaintiff in this venue and far surpassed the previous record verdict (also Mr. Howell's) from 2014.

His successes have earned him an AV rating,* and he has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer/Rising Star in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and as a Super Lawyer every year from 2016 to 2021. Mr. Howell was also honored as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association for the years 2010-2012 and received recognition by that organization as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers in the State of Georgia under the age of 40. Mr. Howell was recognized on August 31, 2012, as The Best Attorney In Moultrie Georgia by the Moultrie Observer.

As an active member of his legal community, Mr. Howell serves on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of GTLA's Political Action Committee Board. Mr. Howell also presently serves as a member of the University of Georgia Law School Council.

Mr. Howell graduated magna cum laude from Valdosta State University in 1994 where he lettered as a varsity tennis player. Four years later, he received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating cum laude. While in law school, he was the chairman of the Moot Court Board and an active participant in the law school's prestigious moot court program, winning several titles and awards for his work.

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