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Medical Malpractice Defense

When it’s all on the line

With over 25 years of medical malpractice defense experience, Carmody is widely respected for its successful representation of hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers. The firm is known for trying difficult, high-exposure cases, and has an impressive track record of over 90% of cases resulting in verdicts favorable to the defense. We have tried hundreds of cases on a wide range of medical issues involving:

  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Emergency medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nursing care
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Psychiatry

In particular, we have successfully defended a wide range of major claims brought against Connecticut hospitals and doctors, spanning:

  • Claims of physician misdiagnosis resulting in severe injury and death
  • Claims of negligent surgeries resulting in quadriplegia and death
  • Mismanagement of labor and delivery, resulting in severe infant brain damage and cerebral palsy
  • Psychiatric malpractice claims relating to the failure to prevent suicide and homicide
  • Sexual abuse in the course of the psychiatrist/patient relationship
  • Claims of delayed diagnosis of malignant melanoma and cervical cancer arising from laboratory testing errors
  • Claims of negligent treatment in the emergency room

Team consistency and cost efficiency

We collaborate closely with the defendant physician and risk management/in-house legal departments in the defense of malpractice cases. You will have the same legal team throughout the case to help ensure cost efficiency and avoid the duplication of effort that is, unfortunately, all too common in medical malpractice defense.

Creative strategies for a positive outcome

Clients appreciate our ability to develop innovative defense strategies. Our goal is to identify, at an early stage, which cases should be tried through verdict and which cases should be targeted for early resolution through settlement or mediation. This strategy has been successful in resolving cases with probable liability in a cost-effective manner, both in terms of litigation costs and indemnity payout.  Additionally, we have successfully utilized bifurcation of liability and damages and high/low agreements to reduce exposure and increase predictability of the outcome.