Medical Malpractice Defense

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Originally conceived as a boutique litigation practice, the Firm quickly recognized the need to add additional lawyers to staff complex cases. From the core of five lawyers, the Firm has grown sufficiently to provide quality representation in the following areas of practice.


At FWL, defense of a medical malpractice litigation is a commitment that our medico-legal experience will understand the medicine, identify the causation defense and recruit the best experts who will maximize the opportunity for a successful outcome. All of the senior lawyers at FWL have been lead trial counsel in the defense of medical malpractice cases.

Tamela J. White serves as the Chairperson for the Medical Defense and Health Law Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel. The 2010 edition of the Best Lawyers in America recognized Tammy in the Medical Malpractice Defense category. Tammy is also recognized by Chambers USA in this area of practice. Her successes as lead counsel has elevated her to a primary role as trial counsel for the insured of the West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company and the physicians of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

With more than 100 years of combined experience in handling malpractice litigation, the lawyers at FWL have refined the trial presentation methodology which consistently results in assisting the jury to correctly define the standard of care, explain why a breach of the standard did not occur and most importantly prove that any alleged deviation did not proximately cause the alleged injury.

Potential clients often depend on word of mouth recommendations when choosing a lawyer. A review of the representative cases provides a strong endorsement. Beyond the trial and appeal results, the recognition that FWL lawyers are frequent lecturers and authors provides a second resounding endorsement regarding their stature in the legal and medical communities. These lectureships have included multiple appearances before the West Virginia Judicial Conferences (Supreme Court of Appeals and Circuit Judges) to explain the legislative amendments to the West Virginia Medical Professional Liability Act, HIPPAA and the impact of the Medicare Second Payer Act.

FWL accepts medical malpractice defense representations throughout the state of West Virginia and in proximate regions of Kentucky and Ohio as requested.

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