Lori Semlies, a co-chair of the firm’s Medical Malpractice & Health Care practice, focuses on the defense of medical and nursing home malpractice claims in state and federal courts, including all phases of litigation through trial. She has handled appeals in the New York Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, and before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
As part of her risk management services for clients, Lori frequently lectures at conferences across the country on best practices in documentation in a medical institution. She also assists clients with drafting admission agreements and protocols and helps them manage crisis situations. Lori writes for Wilson Elser’s blog “Professional Liability Advocate,” available on the firm’s website.
Areas of Focus
Lori’s practice encompasses the defense of hospitals and physicians in medical malpractice cases arising in all areas of medical specialty, from orthopedics to neurosurgery, and involving all types of claims, from brain-damaged infants to failure to diagnose cancer. She also defends dentists, podiatrists, laboratories and remote radiological interpretation providers.
Long-term Care Facilities and Nursing Homes
Co-chair of the firm’s national nursing home litigation team within the Medical Malpractice practice, Lori has particular knowledge of the state and federal regulations that pertain to long-term care facilities. Cases that she handles in connection with nursing homes typically arise from the development of decubitus ulcers, falls that lead to fractures or brain injuries, and allegations of failure to diagnose or properly treat a patient. To limit or avoid punitive damages available to plaintiffs under local or federal statute, Lori and the other members of the firm’s nursing home team have developed useful strategies for getting claims dismissed and have crafted arguments for limiting the use of evidence during the liability phase of a trial. Lori is a much-sought-after speaker on best practices, using a mock examination of nursing staff to demonstrate the potential pitfalls of inadequate documentation.