Medical Malpractice Litigation

DanaherLagnese, PC is a recognized leader in the field of medical malpractice defense and has one of the most extensive practices in this field in the state. We represent hospitals, individual practitioners and medical practice groups throughout the State of Connecticut encompassing virtually every medical specialty. We also represent nursing homes, long term care facilities, non-profit community health organizations, nursing staff contractors, and mobile medical service providers. We are also extensively involved in the representation of practitioners before the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Many of our lawyers devote their practices primarily to medical malpractice defense. We are fastidious about case preparation, inject a high level of creativity in our practice, and are tireless trial lawyers.

The firm's philosophy is to do everything that can be done to prepare a case to be won at trial.  This approach allows the client to be in a favorable position in any settlement discussions. The firm's considerable depth has allowed attorneys to develop detailed information in the defense of specific areas of medicine, enabling us to provide cost-effective specialized advice and representation. Some of these areas of focus include:

  • Birth injury, including hypoxic brain injury and Erb’s palsy
  • Claims of lack of informed consent in all practice areas
  • Claims of improper anesthesia management resulting in intraoperative stroke and neurologic deficit
  • Claims against psychiatrists in patient suicides
  • Failures of diagnosis in the Emergency Department setting
  • Surgical complications including general surgery, neurosurgery, gyn surgery, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, colorectal surgery, urologic surgery and plastic surgery
  • Delay in diagnosis of cancer and cardiovascular disease involving radiology, internal medicine, family practice, cardiology, urology and gynecology

The firm has amassed a large inventory of plaintiffs' expert testimony. This data file is constantly being updated with new expert materials. Attorneys and paralegals have access to all medical literature databases, which allows effective research of the pertinent published data on all types of medical issues. Our lawyers understand the health care business and medical practice operations and regularly counsel clients on patient care, risk management, confidentiality, informed consent, professional licensure and reporting requirements.

The firm's mission is to achieve its client’s goals in a creative and aggressive manner for the least possible cost. The firm's attorneys and staff are held to the highest standards. The firm utilizes state-of-the-art computer systems and management techniques to achieve maximum efficiency in the delivery of legal services. An approximate one-to-one ratio of attorneys to paralegals is maintained. This permits an efficient and productive allocation of resources and delegation of responsibilities. The firm also employs RN/paralegals who provide it with the benefit of their knowledge and experience and enhance efficiency for our clients.

Our attorneys are regularly asked to speak to medical, hospital and other healthcare provider groups both locally and nationally on the full spectrum of medical, legal and risk management issues. Three of the firm's partners are co-authors of Connecticut Medical Malpractice - the definitive textbook on Connecticut medical malpractice law.

Joyce A. Lagnese
R. Cornelius Danaher, Jr.
Calum B. Anderson
Aggie M. Cahill
Nancy A. DeRose
Gerry A. DeSimone
Hilary Fisher Nelson
Sally O. Hagerty
Stuart C. Johnson
Ilyssa H. Kelson
Robert E. Kiley
Jonathan A. Kocienda
Janine E. Leary
Thomas N. Lyons
Edward W. Mayer, Jr.
Michael R. McPherson
M. Karen Noble
Thomas J. Plumridge
April H. Rosenkrantz
Alice L. Vautour
Laura E. Waltman
Andrew S. Wildstein