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Robert J. Aldrich, III

Associate
50 Glenmaura National Boulevard
Moosic, PA 18507
(570) 496-4658
(570) 496-0567 - Fax
rjaldrich@mdwcg.com

Rob is a member of the Health Care Department, where he focuses his practice on medical malpractice, medical device and general liability defense. Rob also has experience with matters involving employment law, school civil rights and trucking defense.

In addition to his litigation experience, Rob also has extensive knowledge of the judicial system. Prior to beginning his career as a litigator, Rob completed judicial clerkships with the Honorable J. Michael Eakin of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Margherita Patti Worthington of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas.

Rob is an active member of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, serving as a board member and director of Middle District-North.

Rob obtained his juris doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. During law school, he was a member of Law Review and the Journal of Practical Clinical Law. Rob was also a judicial intern for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Rob received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a nursing negligence claim. The plaintiff alleged to have suffered a fall in a hospital bathroom three days post-operatively that  re-injured his surgically repaired knees. The nurses denied the patient fell to the ground and testified, consistent with their charting, that the patient lost balance in the bathroom and sat on a commode. There was a significant economic damage claim in that the plaintiff was a young restaurant owner who suffered two distinct orthopedic injuries that required multiple surgeries and additional future care. The jury returned a defense verdict 50 minutes after deliberation began, finding that the nurses were not negligent.

  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf a midwife defendant in an alleged failure to properly manage and care for a patient's labor and delivery, resulting in catastrophic injury to her child. Counsel for the minor-plaintiff argued that the pregnancy and labor were high risk and, therefore, it was below the standard of care to use intermittent auscultation (IA) during the second stage of labor. The plaintiff argued that the fetus suffered a catastrophic brain injury during the second stage of labor, resulting in cerebral palsy and daily intractable seizures. The child, six years of age, wheelchair bound and unable to speak or feed himself, will require lifetime supervision and care. The defense argued that the patient's pregnancy remained low risk, and therefore, IA was within the standard of care; that a sentinel event did not occur during the second stage of labor; and that child's brain injury occurred in the days leading up to the hospital admission for labor.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • 2018 Update: The EMR, Audit Trails and Mobile Devices: How to Narrow Your Professional Liability Exposure, 14th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, Connecticut, October 17, 2018

  • The Impact of Department of Health Violations on Corporate Liability, PAHCRM Spring Conference, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, April 13, 2018

Published Works

  • "Negligent Advice of a Class III Medical Device Sales Rep," The Legal Intelligencer, Medical Malpractice Supplement, April 11, 2017

Education

  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids, MI (J.D., 2013)

    Honors: magna cum laude
    Law Review: Western Michigan University Cooley Law Review, Senior Associate Editor; Journal of Practical and Clinical Law, Senior Associate Editor

  • The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (B.S., 2009)

    Major: Spanish

Dec 31, 2018
We obtained a nonsuit in a dental malpractice action. The plaintiff alleged negligence against our client, a prosthodontist, for failing to properly place dental crowns and for negligently treating posterior bite collapse. At jury selection and day...
Aug 24, 2018
Marshall Dennehey's health care attorneys obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a midwife in a case involving alleged failure to properly manage and care for a patient’s labor and delivery, resulting in catastrophic injury to her child....
May 11, 2018
The plaintiff alleged to have suffered a fall in a hospital bathroom three days post-operatively that reinjured his surgically repaired knees. The nurses denied the patient fell to the ground and testified, consistent with their charting, that the...
Dec 6, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. ​The plaintiff alleged to be permanently disabled and in a wheelchair, requiring home health care for the rest of her life,...
Seminar Feb 22, 2018
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute Middle District North is presenting a CLE and its First Corn Hole Tournament at the Susquehanna Brewing Company, 65 S. Main Street, Pittston, PA on Thursday, February 22, 2018.  Registration will begin at 5:00...
Seminar Apr 6, 2018
Marshall Dennehey and RCM&D are hosting a complimentary Senior Care Summit on Friday, April 6 at the Woodlands Resort in Wilkes-Barre. Join us for a discussion focused on strategies for managing risks and claims in the senior care arena. Topics...

Areas of Practice

Education

  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2013)
  • The Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 2009)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2013

Associations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Board Member and Director of Middle District-North

Year Joined Organization: 2016

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