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Debra A. Weinrich Partner

 
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6260Fax 215.789.7512
weinrichd@whiteandwilliams.com
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Drawing on her many years of clinical nursing experience, Debbie primarily focuses her legal practice on defending medical malpractice claims, many of which involve catastrophic injuries which implicate the possibility of excess verdicts and related coverage. She is responsible for developing and preparing all aspects of the defenses in complex medical malpractice litigation on behalf of a variety of healthcare clients, including physicians, nurses and other healthcare personnel, as well as hospitals, multi-site healthcare systems and physicians' practice groups. In addition to medical malpractice matters, Debbie’s practice includes an assortment of general litigation, such as construction litigation, premises liability, and other personal injury matters. She also handles nursing licensure matters. She has tried numerous cases to verdict.

Debbie practiced as a registered nurse for nearly 10 years, principally in the area of Maternal-Newborn Services, and was certified in inpatient obstetrics. She also has administrative experience. This background provides a distinct advantage in the investigation, discovery and trial phases of litigation, not only substantively, but also from an emotional standpoint for the practitioners experiencing litigation. 

While her Labor & Delivery experience makes her uniquely qualified to handle complex obstetrical matters, and she has extensive experience handling such cases, she does not limit her practice only to cases involving catastrophic birth injuries. To the contrary, Debbie is experienced in handling cases throughout the healthcare spectrum such as those stemming from emergency care, surgical care, cardiac care and procedures, oncology and other areas of medical practice. Debbie has also developed significant experience in issues concerning electronic medical records, has authored related articles and has been an invited speaker on the topic on numerous occasions.

Importantly, Debbie uses technology creatively to increase efficiency and hold down costs when handling cases. Debbie focuses on protecting her clients in current cases but also on minimizing future risk and potential liability by identifying areas of possible improvement to assist her clients’ risk and practice managers.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict in Centre County, PA for a hospitalist alleged to have caused the death of a man due to respiratory failure alleged to have occurred as a result of medication toxicity
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a case brought against an internal medicine specialist and a pulmonologist practicing at a major teaching hospital in Philadelphia; plaintiffs alleged a delay in diagnosis and treatment of an infection causing death
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a case naming several midwives and nursing personnel in a suburban hospital, where it was alleged that the providers’ failure to ensure earlier delivery of an infant lead to its death
  • Obtained a defense verdict in Philadelphia County where it was alleged that an obstetrician improperly “stripped” a patient’s membranes which was alleged to have caused a neonatal Group Beta Strep infections and resultant catastrophic injuries
  • Successful defense of an obstetrician in Lackawanna County, PA where it was alleged that obstetrician’s failure to perform a cesarean section caused a brachial plexus injury and long term developmental injuries including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Has resolved many matters via Alternative Dispute Resolution formats including cases associated with catastrophic long term injuries involving obstetric, oncologic, surgical, neurosurgical, emergency, gastrointestinal, neonatology, radiology and other specialty areas of practice

Recognition & Involvement

Debbie was selected in a survey of her peers as a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers® in 2013 and 2014.

Events

Publications

Bar and Court Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Education

Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, JD, 2004

Thomas Jefferson University, BSN, 1993 

Memberships

Lawyers Club of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management

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