Professional Liability

Bradley Murchison attorneys have earned our reputation for successful and vigorous defense of medical professionals. We have garnered recognition as a leader in medical professional liability litigation, and we have litigators recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers of Louisiana® in medical malpractice.

Our attorneys have participated in hundreds of pre-litigation medical review panels, conducted jury trials involving complex issues of every medical specialty, and represented our clients in appellate courts. In so doing, our attorneys have developed relationships with leading authorities from all over the country who serve as consultants and expert witnesses.

The work of our professional liability section is by no means limited to medical and hospital malpractice. Our attorneys provide skilled representation in the defense of legal malpractice claims, accounting liability matters, and professional liability claims against engineers, architects, brokers, journalists, and other professionals.

Representative Matters

  • Defense of the insurer and physicians who were sued after performing a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Plaintiff sued claiming a lack of informed consent as to all alternative therapies for the treatment of the fibroids, causing a perforation of the bowel and a failure to check the bowel during surgery, a failure to close the wound adequately at the site of an umbilical hernia, and misdiagnosis and/or delayed diagnosis of the bowel perforation. After a 2-day bench trial, Judge Michael Clement of the Twenty-Fifth Judicial District Court in Plaquemines Parish ruled in favor of all the defendants, dismissing plaintiff’s action with prejudice.
  • Defense of a CRNA on behalf of the insurer in a case where plaintiffs, the patient’s surviving children, claimed that a CRNA and an anesthesiologist improperly handled their mother’s induction, intubation and resuscitation, leading to anoxic encephalopathy and death. After a 5-day trial, a civil jury in Jefferson Parish ruled in favor of all defendants, dismissing plaintiffs’ action with prejudice.
  • Defendants obtained a unanimous verdict in a medical malpractice case tried to a jury in Jefferson Parish. Defense of an OB/GYN against allegations that he failed to timely identify and diagnose breast cancer, resulting in the plaintiff having to undergo a total mastectomy. After a four day trial, the jury deliberated less than two hours before ruling in favor of our client, dismissing plaintiff’s action.
  • Defense of an anesthesiologist who had inadvertently placed a central line in the patient's subclavian artery rather than in her subclavian vein. The patient subsequently suffered a stroke and died days later. The Acadia Parish jury deliberated for under an hour before ruling in favor of the anesthesiologist, dismissing plaintiffs' action. A unanimous defense verdict obtained in a medical malpractice case tried to a jury in Acadia Parish.
  • Defense of a general surgeon who performed gallbladder removal which resulted in a severed bile duct. At trial, the patient argued that the injury caused pain and suffering, required surgical repair, and rendered the patient at a greater risk for future abdominal complications. The defense responded that the injury was a known risk of the procedure which could not reasonable be prevented, and to which the physician responded in a timely and appropriate manner. The Jefferson Parish jury deliberated for approximately three hours before ruling in favor of the general surgeon, dismissing plaintiff’s action.
  • Representation of a hospital in an EMTALA action whereby the plaintiff initially alleged that he had been improperly discharged from the hospital ER without being medically screened and stabilized. On appeal, he alleged that the trial court erred when it found plaintiff’s claims were “standard of care issues” and when it failed to allow plaintiff additional discovery. The Court of Appeals found on error on the party of the district judge and affirmed the Summary Judgment.
  • Defense of a general surgeon who was alleged to have unnecessarily delayed in taking a patient to surgery and then alleged to have used improper surgical technique in attempting to decompress the patient’s colon. The patient expired during surgery and could not be revived. The jury deliberated for under an hour before ruling in favor of the defendant surgeon, dismissing plaintiffs' action.

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