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With our extensive and varied technical backgrounds, Bradley Murchison attorneys have defended clients in state and federal individual and mass joinder toxic tort actions brought by workers, former employees, contractors, neighboring communities, and third parties. From contamination claims arising from railroad derailments to asbestos litigation to oil field and gas pipeline cases, our attorneys have earned their reputation for creative and effective strategies which benefit our clients.

 

Toxic tort and chemical exposure matters often involve complex litigation that can continue for years. The ability to properly and quickly identify the key technical facts and legal issues in such litigation is of the utmost importance to the prompt and fair resolution of such suits. Our broad experience in this area, including personnel who are knowledgeable of the processes involved in the production of hazardous chemicals, provides our clients with a significant advantage in achieving those results. Our reputation in this area has been earned through the defense of major exposure cases brought by individual plaintiffs, class representatives, individual towns, parishes, and federal agencies.

 

Our expertise has earned recognition for several of our attorneys as Super Lawyers in Louisiana® in the area of class actions and in Best Lawyers® for mass torts defense.


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 reasonably 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 the 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.

Awards

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms©, National Tier 3, Railroad Law, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Baton Rouge, for Litigation – Municipal, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, New Orleans, Commercial Litigation, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, New Orleans, Insurance Law, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, New Orleans, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, New Orleans, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, New Orleans, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Commercial Litigation, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 2, Shreveport, Arbitration, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 3, New Orleans, Railroad Law, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 2, Shreveport, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Top Listed State Awards, having 7 lawyers listed for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants in Louisiana, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Top Listed City Awards, having 2 lawyers in Shreveport listed for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants in Shreveport, 2019


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