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Health Care Liability

Recognition

Marshall Dennehey's health care attorneys have a reputation for excellence in defending health care liability matters. In September 2018, the firm's New Jersey Health Care Department was named a finalist in The American Lawyer's 2018 New Jersey Regional Litigation Department of the Year competition. In September 2016, our Professional Liability Department was recognized as the Pennsylvania "Litigation Department of the Year" for both medical and non-medical professional liability by The Legal Intelligencer. The practice group was selected for its focused approach and responsiveness to clients. Read "Ready to Roll: Marshall Dennehey Puts Clients' Needs First."

This award follows the Health Care Department's 2012 recognition by The Legal Intelligencer as the "Medical Malpractice Litigation Department of the Year." Such accolades serve as a testament to our attorneys' dedication and commitment to providing excellence in defense representation to all manner of professionals, hospitals and other entities in the health care environment.

Overview

The attorneys in the Health Care Liability Practice Group defend medical professionals and providers in all areas of health care liability, ranging from medical malpractice and credentialing and licensing issues to investigations involving governmental agencies. We represent health care providers throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida and New York, including:

  • Physicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists
  • Dentists
  • Oral surgeons
  • Midwives
  • Psychologists
  • Podiatrists
  • Chiropractors


In addition, we count many health care institutions among our clients, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Health systems
  • Surgical centers
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Health clinics


The health care industry is constantly evolving and we recognize the need to remain abreast of these changes in order to best serve our clients. The attorneys in the Health Care Liability Practice Group are well versed in the unique intricacies and regulations affecting health care providers. In fact, several attorneys in the group are former health care professionals with clinical experience in the fields of nursing, podiatry, pharmacology and physical therapy.

Clients benefit from a unique blend of experienced and dedicated litigators, geographical coverage and cost-effectiveness in the field of health care liability. We work together early on in litigation to determine exactly what they wish to accomplish, and counsel them as cases unfold. Timely, substantive and prompt communications are paramount in our approach to working closely with clients in defending their interests.

We take great pride in the depth of litigation experience our firm offers and will not hesitate to try cases to verdict and challenge issues at the appellate level.

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Jan 27, 2010
Attorney obtained a defense verdict on a jury trial wherein we represented a OB/GYN who performed a laparoscopic tubal ligation and during the course lacerated the right iliac artery and the bowel.  We contended that the procedure was done...
Jan 11, 2010
Attorney had a 2 week jury trial that resulted in a defense verdict in a case involving the death of a 22 year old woman who died of a massive pulmonary embolus.  The plaintiff's allegation against our client was that our Emergency Medicine...
Jan 11, 2010
Attorney succeeded in obtaining an affirmance of a defense medical malpractice judgment from a unanimous three-judge panel. Our client was the emergency room physician who successfully stopped the bleeding of and cleansed a contaminated leg wound of...
Oct 26, 2009
Attorney secured a defense verdict in a jury trial on behalf of two neurosurgeons, a neurologist, and a hospital in a medical malpractice case involving the death of a 22-year old man from an undiagnosed ruptured cerebral aneurysm. 
Oct 26, 2009
Attorney received a defense verdict on behalf of a hospital and a health system.  The plaintiff filed a medical malpractice claim arguing that the hospital negligently delivered fluids and soda to a post gastric bypass patient and told her that she...
Oct 26, 2009
Attorney obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a doctor (interventional radiologist) and a hospital.  The plaintiff filed a medical malpractice claim arguing that the doctor failed to obtain the patient's informed consent for the removal of a...
Oct 12, 2009
Attorney obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case.  After lacerating his index finger at work at a grocery store, plaintiff presented to the Emergency room, where he was treated by our client, the Emergency room physician.  Treatment...
Sep 28, 2009
Attorney obtained a defense award in favor of the physician-client in a recent arbitration.  Plaintiff alleged that the physician (an internist practicing alternative medicine) had failed to appropriately treat her pneumonia, leading to lung damage...
Jun 16, 2009
Attorney obtained a defense verdict The attorney represented an ophthalmologist (retinal surgeon) who performed surgery on the plaintiff for the removal of a foreign body from his eye.  The plaintiff went on to develop an infection and ultimately...
Jun 16, 2009
Attorney obtained a defense verdict in a case where he represented an emergency medicine physician and a hospital.  A 23 year old male presented with complaints suggestive of hypothermia and drug ingestion.  The plaintiff was worked up and...

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Law Alerts April 1, 2019
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was faced with the issue of whether the plaintiff satisfied the discovery rule as to toll the running of the statute of limitations in her medical malpractice action. The plaintiff had been bitten by a tick and began..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts April 1, 2019
The plaintiff visited the emergency department after experiencing several days of abdominal pain. The defendant performed a laparoscopic diagnostic procedure in anticipation of removing the plaintiff’s appendix, although diagnostic tests did..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019 Click to read article:  An Analysis of Commonly Used Statistics to Aid in the Development of Frye and Daubert Challenges     *Dave is a shareholder in our King of Prussia,..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
The plaintiff, Estate of Terri Seels-Davila, claimed the defendants, Hahnemann University Hospital and Drexel University College of Medicine, negligently managed the decedent’s labor and delivery, resulting in her death. The plaintiff, a..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article December 10, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018 By Charles T. Gura, Esq.* Key Points: Through “Lavern’s Law,” New York has extended its medical malpractice statute of limitations in failure to diagnose cancer cases by..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
The plaintiff appealed the Appellate Division’s decision which reversed the trial court’s order that the plaintiff was entitled to redacted hospital documents later found to be reports that were the product of “self critical..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted review in this matter to determine whether or not the Pennsylvania Superior Court committed an error of law when it reversed and remanded the matter for a new trial, directing the trial court to exclude..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 By Nicholas A. Rimassa, Esq.* Key Points: New Jersey Appellate Devision explores distinctions between medical malpractice cases based upon deviation from applicalbe standard of care and...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

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Chair

T. Kevin FitzPatrick
Director, Health Care Department
(610) 354-8252
tkfitzpatrick@mdwcg.com

Co-Chair

William L. Banton Jr.
Shareholder
(215) 575-2806
wlbanton@mdwcg.com

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