Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home, Assisted Living Defense
Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis (J.D., 1997)
Indiana University (B.A., 1993)
Mr. Field represents physicians, nurses, osteopaths, podiatrists, dentists, hospitals, and long term care facilities across the State of Indiana before the Medical Review Panel and jury trial. Mr. Field also has experience representing healthcare professionals before various licensing agencies. In addition to defending medical malpractice and medical licensing claims, Mr. Field has had extensive general litigation experience in numerous areas, including: premises and products liability, business litigation, and landlord-tenant law. Mr. Field is licensed to practice in all Indiana State Courts and before the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Mr. Field is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana as well as the Indiana State and Indianapolis Bar Associations.
Recent Trial Verdicts
Nicholas v. M.D., (Hamilton Superior Court). Defended a Family Practice Physician in an alleged failure to diagnose and treat a compression fracture of the T-12 vertebrae. Despite a 3-0 loss at the Medical Review Panel and adverse testimony from each of the Panel Members at trial, David was able to obtain a defense verdict after a three (3) day jury trial.
Vandenbergh v. M.D., (Lake Superior Court). Defended an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon accused of negligently performed an L5-S1 spine fusion surgery involving the placement of BAK implants and resulting in permanent nerve injury known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. The case was tried over five (5) days to a Lake County jury before a defense verdict was entered in favor of the surgeon.
Calvert v. M.D., (Howard Superior Court). Defended an OB/GYN in a claim involving allegedly negligent prenatal care resulting in the still birth of the infant and causing the plaintiff to suffer extreme emotional distress. Despite a 3-0 adverse finding against the OB/GYN at the Medical Review Panel, and testimony from the Panel Members at trial, David obtained a defense verdict after a five (5) day jury trial.
Keeling v. Surgery Center, (Montgomery Superior Court). Defended a Surgery Center’s OR nursing staff in a claim in which the plaintiffs alleged that due to negligent positioning during surgery, the patient suffered a neurological injury which resulted in foot drop and permanent lower extremity pain and weakness. After a four (4) day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense.
Johnson v. M.D., (Madison Superior Court). Defended an Emergency Medicine Physician in a claim in which the plaintiff argued that due to the failure to perform an adequate neurological exam, the patient’s underlying spinal cord injury went undiagnosed and the patient suffered a subsequent permanent quadriparetic injury following a fall he experienced after his discharge. After a six (6) day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense.
O’Bryan v. M.D., (Marion Superior Court). Defended an Oncologist in an alleged failure to work-up or otherwise refer the plaintiff to a urologist following an incidental finding of an enlarged bladder on a PET scan. The plaintiff argued that this alleged failure caused her kidney failure. After a five (5) day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense.
Recent Speaking Engagements
Guest Speaker: Legal Considerations in the Defense of Assisted Living and Long Term Care Facility Personal Injury Lawsuits, presented at Indiana Health Care Association (IHCA) 2013 Annual Convention & Expo. Topics included recent trends and the role of nurses as members of the Medical Review Panel and preparing and defending nurse witnesses for case critical depositions.