Defense of Skilled Nursing Facilities/Rehabilitation Facilities
Nursing Homes are particularly vulnerable targets for elder abuse and malpractice litigation. Exploiting every advantage in defending Skilled Nursing Facilities is imperative. This includes careful analysis and cross-referencing information from the entire chart, obtaining and utilizing all ancillary care information, creative staffing analysis and identifying and recruiting top experts as well as defending the matters aggressively, yet pragmatically. J Supple Law PC is well known for its understanding and explaining of the challenges of providing skilled nursing care to the trier of fact. Understanding the interaction between the hospital and the Skilled Nursing Facility is especially important. The firm’s extensive experience in hospitals allows its attorneys to utilize that knowledge, to find defenses on behalf of Skilled Nursing Facilities where none was initially thought to exist.
Defense of Hospitals/Acute Care Facilities
Mr. Supple has specialized in defending medical malpractice claims against hospitals over his entire legal career. He has defended successfully all aspects of hospital care including nursing care, the appropriate equipping of operating and delivery rooms, patient monitoring and the granting of staff privileges. More recently, he has defended elder abuse claims against Acute Care Facilities as well. Mr. Supple is especially cognizant of the fact that hospitals are frequently targets simply because of their “deep pockets”. He fights aggressively to minimize hospital exposure and to preclude codefendants from leaving the hospital as a lone defendant or paying more than its proportionate share of a settlement simply because it has more coverage than other defendants.
Perhaps closest to Mr. Supple’s heart is the defense of physicians in malpractice claims. The son of one of the first Board Certified Family Practitioners, he has defended physicians in each and every year of his 30 plus years as an attorney. Mr. Supple has returned numerous defense verdicts on behalf of physicians and always is cognizant of the fact that in a case against a doctor, the issue is rarely one of money but of personal and professional self esteem.
Defense of Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted Living Facilities are presented by plaintiff attorneys as heartless real estate enterprises without compassion or understanding for the care of the elderly. The absence of MICRA protections for Assisted Living Facilities is particularly challenging. Mr. Supple takes particular pride in illustrating that Assisted Living Facilities are homes of choice for an elderly population who require some assistance in day to day living. Understanding and explaining the roles of outside care providers, including hospice, in the context of the Assisted Living environment is essential to obtaining successful results. Our deep involvement with all aspects of healthcare for the elderly allows us to return litigation results that are appropriate and acknowledged successes on behalf of this industry.
The firm has developed a sub-specialty in defending psychologists in claims ranging from alleged failure to prevent suicide to allegations of sexual misconduct. The firm also specializes in representing psychologists before the application Boards. The firm’s results before the various Boards and in litigation have been excellent.
Registry Nurses face unique exposure when named as defendants in malpractice litigation. Hospitals, nursing homes, jails and prisons use Registry Nurses and when sued frequently tender the cases to the Registry. We routinely reject and defend against this effort to unfairly shift risk and exposure and defend each and every registered personnel based on the care they provided, rather than succumb to the efforts to shift liability to the visiting nurse or therapist.
Health Care Insurers
The firm has developed a sub-specialty in defending psychologists in claims ranging from alleged failure to prevent suicide, to allegations of sexual misconducts. The firm also specializes in representing psychologists before the application Boards. The firm’s results before the various Boards and in litigation have been excellent.
Ambulatory Surgery Facilities
Ambulatory Surgery Facilities have rapidly become the location of choice for numerous surgical procedures. We have represented Ambulatory Surgery Facilities throughout the State and use all of our accumulative knowledge and expertise to provide a vigorous defense for these facilities. We are members of the California Ambulatory Surgery Association.