Ben Zimmermann’s success for clients both in and out of the courtroom is the result of his in-depth understanding of the law and trial practice, his tireless attention to detail in developing the facts of a case, and his commitment to his clients. In his almost two decades of practice, Ben has secured some of the largest personal injury verdicts in Massachusetts for the firm’s clients. In one year alone, Ben obtained two of the ten largest personal injury/wrongful death jury verdicts in Massachusetts, including a $20.6 million verdict against Toys “R” Us for a defective pool slide in a case. The verdict resulted in a decision from Massachusetts’ highest Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, which upheld the award in a landmark opinion in Aleo v. Toys R Us, Inc., 466 Mass. 398 (2013). In 2019, Ben and his partner David McCormack obtained a $30.55 million medical malpractice verdict for the family of a child injured at birth, one of the largest jury verdicts in 2019 and among the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Massachusetts history.
Ben’s practice is dedicated to the litigation and trial of personal injury cases, with an emphasis in the areas of defective products, medical malpractice, construction site accidents, and premises liability. He has also litigated, tried, and handled the appeal of cases aimed at obtaining insurance coverage for injured clients where coverage is disputed. Ben is a member of numerous bar organizations and committees, and is a regular lecturer at continuing legal education programs and to area law students. He has regularly been recognized in the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
After graduating from Fordham University School of law in Manhattan in 1999, Ben took a position in the litigation department of a large firm in New York, but quickly realized that he wanted to represent individuals in the courtroom. Presented with the opportunity, Ben joined SUGARMAN as an associate in 2000 and became a principal of the firm in 2007. In addition to his skills as a trial lawyer, Ben has served as SUGARMAN’s Managing Partner since 2013.
Extensive discovery leads to settlement after man suffers amputation at Boston-area hospital
Recovery for 31 year-old man following the negligent maintenance and removal of an Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) at a Boston-area hospital, resulting in clotting, arterial tearing and eventual below-the-knee amputation. The plaintiff brought suit against multiple defendants presumed to be responsible for pressure applied to the IABP during the hematoma control and for the attempted balloon removal. The case settled following over a dozen depositions conducted by Sugarman attorneys, who were able to uncover the responsible medical providers, some of whom had not been identified in the medical records.
Patient suffers debilitating stroke after not receiving medication
Pre-suit settlement of medical malpractice case for 61-year-old man who suffered major stroke after his doctors and nurses failed to administer a critical medication for two days while the man was a hospital inpatient following cardiac surgery.
Wrongful death following crush injuries to forklift operator
Pre-trial settlement on behalf of children of a middle-aged temporary worker who was crushed to death between the forklift he was operating and a metal shelving unit in a South Shore warehouse where he had been assigned to work by his staffing agency.
Verdict in labor and delivery medical malpractice case
Following a two-week trial in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston, SUGARMAN Principals Benjamin Zimmermann and David McCormack obtained a $30.55 million jury verdict on behalf of a child who suffered permanent and catastrophic brain injuries during his mother’s labor and delivery at a Boston hospital. The jury agreed that the nurse responsible for monitoring the baby’s heart rate and well-being during labor had failed to ensure that the baby was responding appropriately and that the nurse’s failure to comply with the standard of care resulted in the baby’s severe oxygen deprivation going undetected. The jury awarded damages for both the young boy and his parents.
Jury verdict for Massachusetts woman injured on operating table
An Essex County jury sitting in Newburyport rendered a verdict in favor of a 42-year-old woman who suffered significant neck injuries at a hospital in Lynn, MA, after being positioned on an operating room table for routine surgery. After she was anesthetized and medically paralyzed, her unsecured head fell off the table resulting in permanent nerve damage to her neck.
Jury verdict for family of man killed by drivers engaged in horseplay
A Plymouth County jury sitting in New Bedford rendered a substantial verdict in favor of the estate of a pedestrian who was killed by a car that went off the road and struck him while walking his dog in Easton, MA. The plaintiff, his widow, alleged that the teenage driver that struck him lost control because he was engaged in a race or horseplay with another teenage driver. The jury found both drivers responsible for the incident in issuing their award.
- J.D., Fordham University, 1999
- B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 1996
- Massachusetts, 2000
- New York, 2000
- U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, 2000
- U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit), 2009
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
- American Association for Justice
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers”, 2013-2021
- “Massachusetts Super Lawyers,” Law and Politics, 2011-2021
- “Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Rising Stars,” Law and Politics, 2005-2010
- “The Best Lawyers in America”, 2012-2022
- The Best Lawyers in America”, Lawyer of the Year – Medical Malpractice, Plaintiff 2022
- Boston Magazine’s “The Top Lawyers of 2021”
- “Wicked Good Bostonian #9”, The Boston 100, 2017
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SUGARMAN lawyers know that the damage done to lives by injury can be profound, yet often difficult to quantify or describe. And those effects last a lifetime. Our personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources to make a powerful case by developing the evidence and using expert consultation and testimony in order to prove your claim at trial. Just as important, we represent the injured and their families with special regard for the social, mental and emotional issues they face.