Hospital/Healthcare Professional & General Liability

GMR is well recognized for our extensive work defending hospitals, physicians, and medical staff. Our hospital defense team of trial attorneys has expertise in both the medical and insurance industries which contributes greatly to our success in handling general liability, slip, trip and falls, medical malpractice and other professional liability claims for healthcare systems.

Medical Malpractice

Our Medical Malpractice Litigation Practice Group is led by experienced litigators who counsel and defend health care enterprises and professionals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in malpractice allegations involving sophisticated fact patterns and catastrophic injuries

Our experience includes representing an array of health care enterprises and professionals in a broad range of complex litigation cases:

Academic/teaching medical centers, for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, multi-hospital systems, nurses and nurse practitioners – Negligent care/treatment litigation, prisoner healthcare negligence litigation, state licensing revocation hearings, HIPAA violation litigation.

Psychiatrists and Mental Health Facilities – Negligence claims following voluntary and involuntary commitments, with allegations of medical errors, elopement, emotional/physical/sexual assaults, and other improper medical treatment in psychiatric facilities.

Nursing Homes and Rehabilitation Centers – Negligent care/treatment litigation, wound care and pressure wound cases, post-mortem body care, and disposal issues.

Clients benefit from a unique blend of experienced and dedicated litigators, geographical coverage, and cost-effectiveness in the field of health care liability.  We focus on having clients dismissed from cases at the earliest possible stage and securing favorable settlements in arbitration and mediation, when possible, or aggressively defending clients at trial and in appeals, when necessary.  While we never hesitate to try the cases that must be staunchly defended, we will recommend an early resolution of claims when it is in our client’s best interest to do so.

We also provide counseling in risk management, offering personalized educational discussions to eliminate and minimize legal exposure related to behavioral health staff interaction with residents and adherence to state and federal regulations.

General Liability

Our hospital clients also rely on our expertise to defend them in general liability and premises liability areas.  We have extensively litigated hundreds of cases in the areas of security guard and third-party assaults, cafeteria incidents, slip and falls, ADA violations, parking lot incidents, automatic and revolving door incidents, and Mental Health Procedure Act cases.

Many Philadelphia-area health systems have come to trust us with their professional and general liability litigation matters. Our success record in hospital cases is unparalleled.  A long history of advising and successfully representing regional hospitals and other healthcare providers has earned us accolades for our proven track record of exceptional legal representation through attentive client service and a hands-on approach from arbitration level claims to complex jury trials.

We also work closely with our clients at an advisory level on solid risk management training and techniques to ensure implementation throughout the organization from the highest corporate officials all the way to front-line employees.

 

Practicing Attorneys

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Lori C. Miller
Lori C. Miller
Claire Neiger
Claire Neiger
Joseph W. Petka
Joseph W. Petka
Robert P. Stein
Robert P. Stein
Jessica Smeriglio
Jessica Smeriglio
Thomas J. Giardina
Thomas J. Giardina
Brandon Evangelist
Brandon Evangelist
As Goldberg, Miller & Rubin’s first female CEO, Lori Miller is one of the region’s top litigators with a distinguished career specializing in bad faith, auto and general liability cases with a specialty of health system liability defense. Her unmatched dedication has earned her the reputation as a strategic and aggressive negotiator who has an unbridled dedication in fighting to defend her client’s best interests. For 30 years, Lori has earned the respect of the legal community, including plaintiffs’ attorneys, arbitrators, and judges, for her expertise, professionalism and most importantly her unparalleled client relationships.  
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Claire Neiger leads GMR’s Medical Malpractice Practice Department with over thirty years of experience representing the area’s major hospitals, physicians, nurses, dentists, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities in major medical malpractice trials. These cases have included oncology, orthopedics, wound care, general surgery, radiology, family practice, psychiatry, obstetrics, and gynecology in Philadelphia, New Jersey,  and the surrounding counties.
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Joseph Petka is one of the most active trial attorneys in the Philadelphia area. He specializes in general liability, assault and battery, hospital professional liability, and medical malpractice. He has tried a wide range of cases defending hospitals and companies sued for slip and falls, assaults, medical malpractice, patient falls, and pressure ulcers. He has obtained defense verdicts in jury trials throughout Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Bucks, and Montgomery counties. 
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Robert brings extensive trial experience and a diverse background built on blended experience in the legal and business world.  While he is a successful and aggressive litigator, it is his understanding of how complex issues impact business which allows him to make smart decisions for his clients based on sound and progressive rationales.
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Jessica Smeriglio concentrates her practice on general liability cases and medical malpractice cases, representing the region’s top healthcare systems and hospitals, construction companies and major universities. She has defended numerous cases involving construction site accidents, motor vehicle accidents, slip trip and fall accidents, assault and battery, and medical negligence claims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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Tom is an associate at Goldberg, Miller & Rubin’s Philadelphia office. His practice primarily focuses on the defense of clients in general liability, automotive negligence, uninsured/underinsured motorist, and premises liability cases. Tom has arbitrated first and third party auto negligent and premises liability cases in Philadelphia, and its surrounding counties, commonly obtaining defense or favorable verdicts. 
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As an associate with Goldberg, Miller & Rubin, Brandon Evangelist focuses his practice on defending clients in general liability, automotive negligence, premises liability and medical malpractice matters. He concentrates on all phases of litigation and takes pride in being a zealous and resourceful advocate for his clients.
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