Practice Areas

Healthcare Professional Liability

In six months, WTO lawyers won six consecutive medical malpractice defense verdicts in five states, defeating $105 million in claims in those cases alone.

Numerous Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell lawyers have defended catastrophic medical malpractice claims for institutions, individuals, and insurance companies. WTO lawyers serve as national trial counsel to some of the nation's largest specialty insurers for medical malpractice and related product liability claims. Our experience includes class actions, multidistrict litigation, and high-exposure cases in which plaintiffs seek damage awards, including punitive or exemplary damages, in the tens of millions of dollars or more. We are regularly retained on the eve of trial to try difficult cases involving serious physical injuries or death, often in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions, when prior resolution strategies or trial preparations have not achieved the desired results.

When medical malpractice cases go to trial, our team is ready. Our lawyers have particularly extensive experience trying medical malpractice actions throughout the United States. Together, WTO lawyers have tried literally hundreds of medical malpractice cases, winning the vast majority of them, all across the country. These include numerous lawsuits involving birth trauma, traumatic brain injury, and spinal interventions. 

Technical and Practical Knowledge
Our extensive experience provides a sound background from which to develop litigation, trial, and resolution strategies that take into account the technical considerations our healthcare clients live with every day. A number of WTO attorneys have formal education in the sciences, and many have in-depth scientific and engineering knowledge acquired through years of practice in technically complex cases. WTO also employs several full-time nurse-paralegals who have experience in the daily practice of medicine and health-related businesses. These professionals bring tremendous practical knowledge to our teams and help identify issues and opportunities related to our clients' cases. 

All this knowledge helps our teams communicate effectively with professionals in medicine, engineering, the sciences, and other areas to prepare for trial and develop persuasive briefs and courtroom demonstratives. We are always thinking about how critical, complex aspects of a case may be simplified for judges and jurors who may not be familiar with the subject area, and we develop themes that will weave those key points together and make them meaningful and memorable for our audiences.

WTO lawyers are extremely comfortable retaining, preparing, and examining expert witnesses. We also routinely perform deep research and investigations into opposing counsels' experts, studying past testimony, statements and writings, and professional histories to understand how these experts work and anticipate how their testimony may influence a case.

In six months, WTO lawyers won six consecutive medical malpractice defense verdicts in five states, defeating $105 million in claims in those cases alone.