Medical Malpractice Defense
The lawyers practicing within the medical malpractice section at Walker Allen understand that there is more than money involved when suit is brought against one of our clients. We are also defending their most valuable asset – their reputation. While many cases are dismissed or otherwise resolved prior to trial, we attack every case as if it will be ultimately decided by a jury. For more than three decades, the attorneys at Walker Allen have cultivated relationships with many of the preeminent experts in the medical field, both nationally and across North and South Carolina, so that our clients can be placed in the best position for success during negotiations or at trial. Whether it is the Department Chief at a major medical center or a local physician practicing “in the trenches," we will put the best team in place to make sure our clients’ voices are heard.
For more than thirty years, the attorneys at Walker Allen have represented hundreds of physicians in multiple specialty areas including:
- Obstetrics/Birth Injury
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- General Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
- Internal Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
While we will never compromise the integrity of your case, we understand that it is important to have diligent and unwavering representation delivered in a cost-conscious fashion. We have several paralegals dedicated to the medical malpractice team along with a registered nurse working under the supervision of our experienced attorneys. With the advent of video conferencing, it is no longer necessary to consume two days of travel to conduct a deposition that could be conducted in a matter of hours. We are proud to offer video conferencing services in our office, which allows us to offer the same high quality representation in a cost-conscious fashion.
Because of the experience we have gained and the reputation we have earned, our attorneys are often asked by continuing education organizations, insurance companies, and local medical societies to speak on current trends in health care law.
When it comes to medical malpractice litigation, the attorneys at Walker Allen have the experience that matters and the expertise you deserve.
Medical Board Representation
The North Carolina Medical Board employs attorneys, investigators and other support staff to handle the numerous complaints filed each year against its physicians. The Board will use all the resources it has available to investigate financial settlements, allegations of departure from the standard of care and allegations of unethical behavior. Current and future patients are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and use the public information contained on the Medical Board’s website to make choices with regard to their health care. Adverse public Board action could have a potentially devastating impact on your reputation and career.
You have the absolute right to aggressive representation when you are called before the Board. Walker Allen prides itself on having the experience necessary to navigate you through the process and a track record of obtaining excellent results for our clients. Whether the case involves preparing a written response or a full hearing before the Board, at Walker Allen your reputation is our priority. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in all aspects of the complaint process including preparation of formal responses, advising clients before and during meetings with Board attorneys, negotiating settlements and serving as counsel during formal disciplinary hearings.
The attorneys at Walker Allen have represented physicians from all over North Carolina. Because of the experience we have gained and the reputations we have earned, members of Walker Allen have been asked to speak before various organizations concerning the practices of the North Carolina Medical Board.
When your reputation is challenged before the Board, the attorneys at Walker Allen have the experience that matters and the expertise you deserve.
Nursing Home Defense
The defense of nursing homes requires a special knowledge of the industry and the unique challenges that such cases can present. The long-term care section at Walker Allen prides itself on the attention to detail and knowledge of the numerous state and federal regulations that are often at issue in nursing home litigation. We have proudly represented smaller, locally owned facilities as well as several of the larger groups of homes across the state. Through our years of practice in this highly complex and emotional area of the law, we have fostered relationships with some of the most experienced expert witnesses in long-term care.
Nursing home cases demand an attorney with experience. Walker Allen has represented nursing homes across North Carolina in cases involving allegations of:
- Pressure ulcer development
- Pressure ulcer treatment
- Inadequate nutrition
- Weight loss
- Medication errors
- Improper transfer of residents
- Wrongful death
In addition to its experience representing nursing homes, Walker Allen has represented hospitals and medical practices across eastern North Carolina in cases involving alleged medication errors, failure to institute the chain of command, failure to notify physicians, failure to follow physician orders and allegations of corporate negligence.
The attorneys at Walker Allen are available to share their experiences handling nursing home cases in an in-service setting with your staff to emphasize the importance of documentation, communication and physician notification so that, hopefully, future claims can be minimized. Skilled nursing homes and other long-term facilities rely on a team approach to deliver quality health care. We have the experience and expertise necessary to be a valuable part of your team.
General Insurance Defense
Walker Allen was founded in 1985 as a general insurance and commercial defense firm and has grown into one of the premier insurance defense firms in North and South Carolina. Our reputation was built on strict attention to detail, thorough preparation, tough negotiation and tenacious trial advocacy. The firm takes pride in the fact that we are known across the Carolinas as trial attorneys who have obtained successful courtroom results in hundreds of cases. Insurance companies that have trusted Walker Allen to defend their insureds include Allstate, State Farm, Progressive, Farm Bureau, Sentry, Atlantic Casualty, Travelers and many others.
The general liability defense section of Walker Allen offers diverse representation in a variety of areas including:
- Automobile defense
- UM/UIM arbitrations
- Trucking defense
- Premises liability defense
- Construction defense
- General commercial liability
- Fraud investigations
- Insurance coverage litigation
At Walker Allen, we are committed to keeping you informed of the state of the law and significant trends in the areas that we practice. Toward that end we host an annual fall seminar focusing on current developments involving the insurance defense industry. This popular seminar allows you to not only earn valuable continuing education credits but to be kept up to date on emerging theories of liability, significant appellate decisions and other topics that impact insurance adjusters and claims representatives on a daily basis.
The trial attorneys at Walker Allen have the wide-ranging experience that matters and the expertise you deserve.