J. Ben Ford

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

Marsh | Rickard | Bryan
J. Ben Ford
Marsh | Rickard | Bryan

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 2014

Education: The University of Alabama School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2022 - 2024

Marsh | Rickard | Bryan

2222 Arlington Ave S.
Suite 210
Birmingham, AL 35205 Visit website

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Ben is the managing partner at the law firm of Marsh, Rickard & Bryan in Birmingham, Alabama. He takes the time to get to know his clients, understands their needs and evens the playing field for them against those who caused them or their families harm. He has devoted his career to fighting for people who are injured or lost a family member due to motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, defective/dangerous products or medical negligence.

A compassionate and trusted attorney, Ben has earned a reputation as a tough litigator with a deep understanding of the law and familiarity with the court system. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Alabama in 2014, and before the federal U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama.

Ben graduated with honors from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He obtained his Juris Doctor from The University of Alabama School of Law in 2014, where he was a member of the Alabama Law Review and inducted into “The Order of Barristers,’’ an honor given to students who demonstrate exceptional skill in trial and oral advocacy. He was also a member of the trial advocacy competition team throughout law school and named an “Outstanding Advocate” by the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

An active member of the legal community, Ben is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. He has served multiple terms on the ALAJ Board of Directors.

In honor of his work in the legal field, Ben was inducted as a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation and has been included in the list of Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 litigation attorneys in 2018 by the American Society of Legal Advocates and Top 10 Under 40 attorneys by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dram Shop Laws, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 40% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2014, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://www.mrblaw.com/attorney/ford-j-ben/

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $15 million dollar verdict in wrongful death case involving ambulance transport of a patient. 
  • Surgical Mishap – Confidential Settlement in Jefferson County, Alabama: David Marsh, Ben Ford, and Susan Silvernail resolved a case on behalf of a 23-year-old woman who emerged from neck surgery catastrophically injured. The case against a Birmingham doctor and his employer grew out of the misplacement of a surgical screw, which resulted in serious damage to the young woman’s brain stem. Our client was hospitalized for months, forced to re-learn how to walk and talk. She was left with life-long impairments to her motor skills and her cognitive abilities.
  • Medical negligence – $4,000,000 verdict in Houston County, Alabama. A 77-year-old man was found on the floor of his hospital room after he sustain a fall during which he struck his head. Proper fall precautions were not utilized despite being required. The jury found the defendant medical provider failed to meet the standard of care, which caused the patient to fall and lead to his death. The jury awarded the man’s family $4,000,000. This case was tried by attorneys Rip Andrews and Ben Ford of the law firm Marsh, Rickard & Bryan. The Supreme Court of Alabama affirmed the verdict on appeal.
  • Group home, abuse/assault case – Confidential Settlement in Madison County, Alabama. A 31-year-old intellectually disabled man was physically assaulted in a group home. The group home and its owner, who was also the patient’s primary care physician, settled the case. The case was tried for a week and then all remaining claims were settled.
  • Group home, choking case – Confidential Settlement in Jefferson County, Alabama. A 31-year-old intellectually disabled man choked to death on bread while he was under the care and supervision of a group home.
  • Medical negligence – Confidential Settlement in Jefferson County, Alabama. A 23-year-old woman emerged from neck surgery catastrophically injured. The case against a Birmingham doctor and his employer hospital grew out of the misplacement of a surgical screw, which resulted in serious damage to the young woman’s brain stem. She was hospitalized for months, forced to re- learn how to walk and talk. She was left with life-long impairments to her motor skills and her cognitive abilities.
  • Medical negligence - $500,000 verdict in Jefferson County, Alabama. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the family of a 26-year-old disabled woman who died unnecessarily after St. Vincent’s Hospital East failed to call her critical labs directly to her physician, as its own written policy required. The other defendants settled prior to trial. The jury awarded $500,000 in the medical malpractice case against St. Vincent’s East. The case for the victim was tried by attorneys David Marsh, Rip Andrews and Ben Ford of the law firm Marsh, Rickard & Bryan.
  • Automobile Injury – $833,709 Verdict In Jefferson County: A Birmingham police officer who was hurt while working an accident on Interstate 65 North was awarded $833,709 by a Jefferson County jury. The injured police officer was represented by MRB attorneys Rip Andrews and Ben Ford. Sergeant Demus Smith was standing on the roadway at the scene of a wreck when a drunk driver hit his parked patrol car, which then struck Sergeant Smith. The drunk driver was said to have been traveling at about 65 mph when he crashed into the line of four patrol cars, all of which had emergency lights activated. Sergeant Smith suffered a crush injury to his right foot and ankle. He was out of work for about six months. The lawsuit was brought against the driver, the owner of the car and Sergeant Smith’s uninsured motorist insurance carrier, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. The driver and the owner of the car were never found again, so the trial proceeded to verdict against State Farm. The jury awarded $33,709.21 in compensatory damages and $800,000 in punitive damages.
White Papers:
  • At Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C., a major part of our personal injury practice involves representing TBI survivors and their loved ones. We are passionate about helping these clients build a brighter future. We also help connect them with the support and resources they need when they’re grappling with the devastating aftermath of a TBI., Super Lawyers Legal Leader
Honors/Awards:
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers, (2018), Top 40 Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates (2018), Top 40 Under 40 Litigation
  • George Peach Taylor Trial Advocacy Award, (2013, 2014)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award, 2013
  • Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society, (2013-14)
  • The Order of Barristers, (2014)
  • Alabama Law Review, (Vol. 64, 65)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Alabama, 2014
  • Alabama Association for Justice, 2014 - Present; Member of the Board of Directors from 2019-present
  • American Association for Justice, 2014 to Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2014 - Present, Executive Committee, 2016 to Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2014 to Present
  • Alabama Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2014 to Present
  • Alabama Bar Association, 2014 to Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 2015
Educational Background:
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2011, Honors: magna cum laude, Honors: President’s List and Dean’s List, Major: American History and Political Science

Office location for J. Ben Ford

2222 Arlington Ave S.
Suite 210
Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205-794-0088

Selections

3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2022 - 2024

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