Fadi Chakour, M.D.
Attorney Fadi Chakour is a medical doctor who left the practice of medicine for the practice of law. As a practicing physician, Fadi treated many patients injured as a result of the negligence of others and observed the resulting harm to their loved ones. Combining his medical experience and legal abilities enables Fadi to be a powerful advocate for injured consumers and their families. Fadi’s deep knowledge of the healthcare industry also enables him to successfully litigate, negotiate, and resolve complex disputes (billing, contractual, etc.) between healthcare providers and insurance companies and disputes among the different healthcare providers.
Prior to joining Terrell Hogan, Fadi was practicing at Cole, Scott & Kissane, one of Florida’s largest defense firms, where he focused on medical malpractice, nursing home, and catastrophic injury defense.
Fadi earned his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law where he received four CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for being the highest scoring student in four classes and was on the Dean’s Honor List three times. He is a 1994 graduate of Yerevan State Medical Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, where he trained as a medical doctor, and then practiced general surgery.
Fadi is fluent in English, Arabic, and Armenian and also speaks conversational Russian and Turkish. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and volunteering at his church. Fadi is married and the proud father of two children.
Florida Coastal School of Law, Juris Doctor (Dean’s Honor List)
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Regulation of the Healthcare Industry
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Constitutional Law
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, International law
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Comparative Law
Yerevan State Medical Institute, Medical Doctor
Certificate in International and Comparative Law
Member of the Florida Bar
American Association for Justice
Stroke Litigation Group (Co-Chair 2016–present)
Florida Justice Association
National Stroke Association’s Stroke Advocacy Network
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Complex healthcare billing and contractual litigation
Personal counsel for physicians in medical malpractice and bad-faith litigation.
Nursing Home Negligence
Personal Injury Litigation
Matt is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who focuses his practice on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury claims, particularly those where the client has suffered a stroke. Matt is a national leader in stroke litigation, having served as the founding chairman of the Stroke Litigation Group of the largest organization of trial attorneys in the United States. Matt has also written for and made presentations to trial lawyer groups on how to successfully prosecute stroke cases. Over his 27 years of practicing law, Matt has obtained numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients on incredibly complex stroke cases. He has handled stroke cases involving the following:
Strokes caused by:
- Clots blocking arteries in the brain
- Neck trauma during car wrecks
- Medication errors causing reduced blood flow to the brain
- Medication error causing clots to form in the brain
- Venous thromboemboli (DVT) traveling through the heart and onto the brain
- Air embolism
- Cardiac tamponade reducing blood flow to the brain
- Misuse of surgical instruments
- Birth trauma
Negligence of health care providers to prevent stroke:
- Failure to investigate and treat cause of pre-stroke Transient Ischemic Attack(s)
- Failure to recognize or appreciate the warning signs of impending stroke
- Failure to prescribe blood thinners and/or anti-platelet medicines
- Failure to properly monitor patients on medicines known to cause stroke
Negligence of health care providers to properly treat a patient having a stroke:
- Failure of Emergency Department to activate hospital’s Stroke Alert
- Failure to timely give clot busting medicine to patient having a stroke
- Failure to timely transfer a patient having a stroke to a Stroke Center
- Failure of floor nurses to activate hospital’s Stroke Alert
- Misdiagnosis of the cause of stroke symptoms
Matt is a sixth generation Floridian who has spent his entire career representing clients harmed by professional negligence or corporate misconduct. After earning a law degree from the University of Alabama, Matt spent two years researching banking law and creditor’s rights with the Dean of his law school. He then joined the commercial litigation department of a large Jacksonville law firm where Matt developed a special interest in prosecuting professional malpractice lawsuits.
Matt and his wife Sara are in their twenty-seventh year of marriage. Sara is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner who helps evaluate many of the medical malpractice cases Matt handles. They have two daughters, Megan and Rachel, who have achieved the athletic success that Matt never did. Megan attends The Citadel where she is on the women’s volleyball team. Rachel is on the rowing team at The University of Alabama. Matt’s family is active at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville where Matt has served in the Youth Department and Sara has taught Sunday School to kindergartners.
Juris Doctor (1986). University of Alabama, School of Law.
Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics and Finance (1983). Baylor University.
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Sowell MW, Present the whole picture in stroke cases. Trial, Vol.51, No. 1, 16-23 (January 2015)
Sowell MW, Lovelady CL, Brogdon BG, Wecht CH. Infant Death Due to Air Embolism from Peripheral Venous Infusion, J. Forensic Sci. 2007 Jan; 52(1): 183–8.
Hansford VN, Sowell MW. Loan Participations and the UCC: The rights of secured and priority creditors when a bank fails, 106 Banking L.J. 62 (1989)
“Current Trends in Stroke Litigation,” American Association for Justice, Stroke Litigation Group, Annual Convention, Palais des congrès, Montreal, Canada, July 2015
“Identifying Meritorious Stroke Cases,” American Association for Justice, Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD, July 2014
“Avoiding Legal Malpractice” Paralegal Association of Florida, Spring Seminar, Jacksonville, FL, June 2014
Civil Trial, Florida Bar Board of Education and Specialization
Medical Malpractice, American Board of Professional Liability
The Florida Bar
Alabama State Bar
American Association for Justice
Stroke Litigation Group (Chair 2013–2015)
Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus
Florida Justice Association
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Stroke Advocacy Network, National Stroke Association
Stroke litigation; Medical Malpractice; catastrophic personal injuries; Wrongful Deaths; Dangerous Products; Nursing Home Abuse and Insurance Disputes.