From the outset of a medical malpractice claim, Lightfoot’s focus is to zealously protect and dutifully serve the healthcare provider throughout the litigation process to obtain the most efficient, expedient and best outcome. This approach helps us achieve outstanding results for our clients. Lightfoot routinely obtains early dismissals or pre-trial summary judgments for healthcare providers. But even when an abbreviated conclusion is not possible, when cases go to trial, Lightfoot attorneys focus on winning in the courtroom. We have tried hundreds of cases, and while no attorney wins every case, we pride ourselves on an overwhelmingly strong success rate.

Lightfoot is privileged to have the opportunity to defend healthcare providers in medical malpractice cases. We offer counsel that is compassionate to your circumstances, aggressive in your defense and tireless in obtaining your best results.

Representative Matters

  • Lightfoot recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an emergency room physician in a wrongful death suit in Colbert County, Alabama. The plaintiff, the patient’s widow, alleged that the physician failed to diagnose an aortic dissection during an emergency room visit approximately three weeks before the 30-year old patient’s death. It was undisputed that the patient’s death was ultimately caused by an aortic dissection, but it was disputed that the dissection existed at the time of the emergency room visit. After a two week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the physician.
  • A team of Lightfoot lawyers defended an Alabama doctor facing charges from the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners that he endangered a patient’s health leading to her death and falsified medical records related to that care. The defendant doctor strenuously denied the charges, and Lightfoot retained highly-regarded surgical experts on the doctor’s behalf who supported both the care and documentation in question. Following a multiple-day contested administrative hearing, the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission dismissed all of the Board’s charges against Lightfoot’s client, finding no wrongdoing on the doctor’s behalf.
  • Lightfoot tried and won a defense verdict in a dental malpractice case. The plaintiff alleged that a needle used in the mouth of her special-needs son during a dental procedure was the wrong size, which allowed it to break off and embed in his jaw when he unexpectedly jerked forward during the procedure. The needle was surgically removed many months later, and the plaintiff claimed that she was owed damages for her son’s medical expenses, disfigurement, mental anguish and pain and suffering. The jury took about an hour to deliberate and promptly returned a verdict for the defendant.
  • Lightfoot successfully tried a medical malpractice case on behalf of an Emergency Room physician. Plaintiff alleged that the physician failed to timely diagnose and treat the patient’s esophageal perforation. The patient died as a result of the perforated esophagus. At the conclusion of a two-week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on behalf of the Emergency Room physician in less than one hour of deliberations.