Walters Richardson defends hospitals and physicians who are under allegations of medical or pharmaceutical malpractice. Whether defendants facing such allegations are accused of surgical errors, medication errors, or negligence regarding diagnosis, among many other grievances, our attorneys take a close look at all medical records associated with a case in order to resolve any of these disputes, leaving no solution untouched. If litigation becomes necessary, our attorneys possess the capability to harness the information they have gained through close examination to result in a defense strategy for the hospital or physician afflicted.
Walters Richardson has experience in malpractice cases that span a range of medical expertise, from optometry and pharmacology to dentistry and neurology. Our attorneys understand the variety of claims that medical malpractice can encompass, including surgical negligence, misdiagnosis, prescription misfills, and drug interactions. Walters Richardson also has extensive experience with allegations of traumatic brain injury. In such cases, plaintiffs’ experts often rely on test results that require subjective interpretation, and we have successfully defended these cases by pointing out to juries the flaws in this type of subjective expert proof.
Our attorneys understand the complexity of the injuries in medical malpractice claims and the need for painstaking attention to detail. We also realize that medical licensure, reputation and even livelihood may be affected by a claim of professional negligence. Walters Richardson has the experience, the tenacity and the resources through its various expert witnesses to vigorously pursue claims that involve physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nursing homes and other medical professionals.
August 2019, Supreme Court of Kentucky: Lewis v. Shackelford, et al. Melissa Richardson, Elizabeth Bass, and Katie Haagen wrote an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Kentucky Defense Counsel in support of Defendants, King’s Daughters Medical Center and Dr. Paul Lewis, which assisted in securing a reversal in favor of Defendants. In 2010, Shackelford had a cerebral angiogram performed by Dr. Lewis at KDMC. Immediately after the angiogram, Shackelford exhibited no signs or symptoms that would suggest there were any complications with the angiogram. Later in the recovery room, Mr. Shackelford complained of a headache, which eventually resolved. He was released home. Shackelford returned to the emergency room the next day after reportedly becoming disoriented at his home. An MRI indicated Shackelford had recently suffered a stroke. Shackelford filed suit in Boyd Circuit Court alleging medical malpractice due to Dr. Lewis’s alleged failure to examine and diagnose the stroke after the angiogram. Shackelford did not produce any expert opinions stating there was anything Dr. Lewis could have done to prevent the stroke or that Dr. Lewis should have anticipated that Shackelford would suffer a stroke based on his symptoms immediately following the angiogram. KDMC and Dr. Lewis filed motions for summary judgment, which were granted by the Circuit Court. The Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed, and relying on res ipsa loquator, concluded that causation did not require expert medical testimony. The Supreme Court, on discretionary review, reversed the Court of Appeals’ decision. Instead, the Supreme Court determined expert proof was needed to pursue the claim. Accordingly, Dr. Lewis and KDMC were entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law.