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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Antitrust Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law Franchise Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Workers' Compensation Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Education Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Civil Rights Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Transportation Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Energy Regulatory Law Product Liability Litigation Appellate Practice Energy Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Spokane, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas Topeka, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Arbitration Administrative / Regulatory Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law Commercial Litigation Transportation Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Education Law Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Transportation Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: General Practice Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Sikeston, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Trusts and Estates Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Belleville, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Environmental Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Transportation Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Brunswick, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Trusts and Estates Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Employment Law - Management Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
Perry D. Boulier was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Perry D. Boulier

Boulier Thompson & Barnes, LLC
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Construction Law Entertainment Law - Music Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Entertainment Law - Theater Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
Jonathan T. "Jon" Brollier was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jonathan T. "Jon" Brollier

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation Litigation and Controversy - Tax Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - Construction Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Construction Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Elder Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Belleville, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Environmental Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Insurance Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Labor and Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Loveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
Larry G. Canada was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Larry G. Canada

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Civil Rights Law Litigation - Construction Qui Tam Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Construction Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
Randy R. Cangelosi was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Randy R. Cangelosi

Kean Miller LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Criminal Defense: General Practice Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
Kelly Carithers was awarded 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in

Kelly Carithers

Carithers Johnson Devenport
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Long Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Towson, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Leisure and Hospitality Law Litigation - Insurance Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Construction Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Trusts and Estates Employment Law - Management Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Jackson, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Employment Law - Management Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Lenexa, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Construction Law Litigation - Construction Transportation Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Newton, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Admiralty and Maritime Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Transportation Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Food and Beverage Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Administrative / Regulatory Law Health Care Law Litigation - Municipal Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Consumer Protection Law FDA Law Municipal Law Litigation - Health Care Agriculture Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Cannabis Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Transportation Law Aviation Law Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vestal, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Health Care Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Insurance Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Loveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Employment Law - Management Consumer Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Transportation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Qui Tam Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Salina, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Employment Law - Management
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  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Garden City, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
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  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Professional Malpractice Law Mass Tort Litigation
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  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Trusts and Estates Litigation - Trusts and Estates Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Glen Allen, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Brunswick, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Product Liability Litigation Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Construction Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Securitization and Structured Finance Law Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Construction Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance
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  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Civil Rights Law Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Elder Law Litigation - Health Care
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  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Aviation Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Health Care Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Billings, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Government Contracts Insurance Law Government Relations Practice Municipal Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Insurance Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice Medical Malpractice Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Huntington, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Arbitration Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - Health Care Criminal Defense: White-Collar Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

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Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Definition

Medical malpractice is professional negligence by a health care provider through an act or by some omission whereby the care provided deviates from the accepted standards of care that governs a medical specialty or area of practice resulting in personal injury or death. An understanding of the legal definition of "standard of care" is essential to any discussion of what truly constitutes medical malpractice. 

In simple terms, the standard of care is the legal duty that a health care provider (physician, nurse, medical technician, hospital, clinic, etc.) owes to the patient. That duty or obligation arises from the professional relationship established with the patient. It is axiomatic that without such a relationship the obligation to treat or provide care could not exist. The professional relationship, however, does not always require direct communication between the health care provider and patient may be established indirectly. For example, in addition to a physician who accepts a patient directly, lab technicians, pathologists, and radiologists may not encounter a patient personally but have the legal duty to comply with applicable standards of care. 

Most states have enacted legislation which controls this area of specialized litigation and the legal duty of health care providers is largely defined by statute. It is now universally accepted that the duty and, thus, the standard of care, requires a health care provider to exercise the degree of reasonable care, skill, and diligence as would ordinarily be exercised by a similarly situated health care provider for a similar patient under the same or similar circumstances. The primary emphasis in this definition is necessarily placed on the requirement of "reasonable" care. 

Frequently the defense of these cases will focus on the fact that the law does not require a physician or health care provider to be infallible in the exercise of his/her clinical judgments for a patient. Indeed, the law does not require perfection on the part of anyone. Important emphasis is also given to the recognition by medical science that there are often unexpected, unfortunate, and even tragic outcomes that will occur, despite reasonable care. So long as the care is found to be reasonable, there is no malpractice. 

In a medical malpractice case, the burden is on the plaintiff to prove the following elements in order to be entitled to a verdict:
  • A duty owed by the health care provider.
  • A breach of that duty, i.e., a failure by the health care provider to meet the standard of care.
  • Injury or death caused by the breach of duty by the health care provider.
In order to prove these essential elements, the plaintiff is generally required to provide expert testimony. (Exceptions to this requirement may include such things as retained foreign objects, wrong site surgery, etc.)

While the law generally imposes no burden of proof on the defendant, the defense, where appropriate, will seek to discredit the plaintiff's theory of liability by a showing of the reasonableness of the care provided & contradictions to evidence offered by the plaintiff. This is done through testimony from the defendant with emphasis on her/his training, education and experience and the basis for the clinical judgment at issue. Additionally, pertinent medical literature may be presented along with qualified expert testimony to further demonstrate the appropriateness of the care provided and, in many cases, to show that the outcome was not produced by negligence, but may be the result of an inherent risk associated with the condition of the patient or the treatment, despite good and proper care. 

The law also recognizes that, within the standard of care, there are often alternative methods of treatment which may be employed for a given medical condition and that a physician, for example, must be free to choose and follow the method he deems best for his patient, even though some other physician may later argue in favor of another method. As long as the method selected to diagnose or treat was reasonable within the standard of care and implemented with due care, there would be no liability (even if the diagnosis is later shown to be incorrect or the treatment resulted in an injurious complication). 

In selecting counsel for the defense of medical malpractice claims, the health care provider and his/her representative will want to ask a number of important questions such as:
  • What is the experience of the attorney/law firm in defending these highly specialized cases?
  • What is the rate of successful defense for the attorney/law firm?
  • What resources does the firm possess for investigation, medical/legal research, qualified support staff, development of demonstrative evidence, etc.?
  • What is the expected time frame to conclusion of the litigation in the jurisdiction/venue?
  • What involvement will the defendant have in assistance and preparation of her/his defense?
The journey through the course of a medical malpractice lawsuit is often time consuming and frustrating at times for the defendant health care provider. Selection of experienced defense counsel equipped with proper resources will likely provide a means to navigate the turbulent waters of litigation in order reach the just result.

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Medical malpractice is professional negligence by a health care provider through an act or by some omission whereby the care provided deviates from the accepted standards of care that governs a medical specialty or area of practice resulting in personal injury or death. An understanding of the legal definition of "standard of care" is essential to any discussion of what truly constitutes medical malpractice. 

In simple terms, the standard of care is the legal duty that a health care provider (physician, nurse, medical technician, hospital, clinic, etc.) owes to the patient. That duty or obligation arises from the professional relationship established with the patient. It is axiomatic that without such a relationship the obligation to treat or provide care could not exist. The professional relationship, however, does not always require direct communication between the health care provider and patient may be established indirectly. For example, in addition to a physician who accepts a patient directly, lab technicians, pathologists, and radiologists may not encounter a patient personally but have the legal duty to comply with applicable standards of care. 

Most states have enacted legislation which controls this area of specialized litigation and the legal duty of health care providers is largely defined by statute. It is now universally accepted that the duty and, thus, the standard of care, requires a health care provider to exercise the degree of reasonable care, skill, and diligence as would ordinarily be exercised by a similarly situated health care provider for a similar patient under the same or similar circumstances. The primary emphasis in this definition is necessarily placed on the requirement of "reasonable" care. 

Frequently the defense of these cases will focus on the fact that the law does not require a physician or health care provider to be infallible in the exercise of his/her clinical judgments for a patient. Indeed, the law does not require perfection on the part of anyone. Important emphasis is also given to the recognition by medical science that there are often unexpected, unfortunate, and even tragic outcomes that will occur, despite reasonable care. So long as the care is found to be reasonable, there is no malpractice. 

In a medical malpractice case, the burden is on the plaintiff to prove the following elements in order to be entitled to a verdict:
  • A duty owed by the health care provider.
  • A breach of that duty, i.e., a failure by the health care provider to meet the standard of care.
  • Injury or death caused by the breach of duty by the health care provider.
In order to prove these essential elements, the plaintiff is generally required to provide expert testimony. (Exceptions to this requirement may include such things as retained foreign objects, wrong site surgery, etc.)

While the law generally imposes no burden of proof on the defendant, the defense, where appropriate, will seek to discredit the plaintiff's theory of liability by a showing of the reasonableness of the care provided & contradictions to evidence offered by the plaintiff. This is done through testimony from the defendant with emphasis on her/his training, education and experience and the basis for the clinical judgment at issue. Additionally, pertinent medical literature may be presented along with qualified expert testimony to further demonstrate the appropriateness of the care provided and, in many cases, to show that the outcome was not produced by negligence, but may be the result of an inherent risk associated with the condition of the patient or the treatment, despite good and proper care. 

The law also recognizes that, within the standard of care, there are often alternative methods of treatment which may be employed for a given medical condition and that a physician, for example, must be free to choose and follow the method he deems best for his patient, even though some other physician may later argue in favor of another method. As long as the method selected to diagnose or treat was reasonable within the standard of care and implemented with due care, there would be no liability (even if the diagnosis is later shown to be incorrect or the treatment resulted in an injurious complication). 

In selecting counsel for the defense of medical malpractice claims, the health care provider and his/her representative will want to ask a number of important questions such as:
  • What is the experience of the attorney/law firm in defending these highly specialized cases?
  • What is the rate of successful defense for the attorney/law firm?
  • What resources does the firm possess for investigation, medical/legal research, qualified support staff, development of demonstrative evidence, etc.?
  • What is the expected time frame to conclusion of the litigation in the jurisdiction/venue?
  • What involvement will the defendant have in assistance and preparation of her/his defense?
The journey through the course of a medical malpractice lawsuit is often time consuming and frustrating at times for the defendant health care provider. Selection of experienced defense counsel equipped with proper resources will likely provide a means to navigate the turbulent waters of litigation in order reach the just result.