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WTO obtains favorable settlement in medical malpractice case

Date: 01.23.12

A WTO trial team led by partner Joe Farchione helped obtain a favorable negotiated settlement on behalf of  a large excess insurance company in a medical malpractice case. The insurance company's hospital client was sued in connection with a surgery performed by a surgeon who was not board certified, not a U.S. citizen, and foreign trained.

The surgery resulted in a permanent disability to a young child. The plaintiffs' claims included lack of informed consent, performing a surgery for the first time without a proctor to supervise, negligent surgical technique and not having reserve blood in the operating room. 

WTO was called in just a week before the trial, as negotiations were not heading in a favorable direction for the excess carrier. The WTO team put together additional medical and legal defenses for standard of care and proximate cause and damages that helped secure a settlement to the client's satisfaction for a fraction of the plaintiffs' original demand.

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