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Bradley J. Goewert

Shareholder
1007 N. Orange Street
Nemours Building, Suite 600, P.O. Box 8888
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 552-4328
(302) 552-4340 - Fax
bjgoewert@mdwcg.com

As a shareholder of the firm's Health Care Department, Brad serves as the supervising attorney for the Health Care Liability Practice Group in the Delaware office. He has more than 24 years of medical malpractice litigation experience in Delaware, Florida and Pennsylvania, and focuses his practice in the areas of defense of physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care liability matters involving large exposure and complex cases. Other areas of his practice are devoted to significant general liability matters, including premises liability, automobile liability, product liability and professional negligence. 

Brad estimates that he has handled several hundred health care liability matters. He has tried 40 cases and taken almost all of them to verdict, with the vast majority of them resulting in defense verdicts. He has also handled a number of cases resulting in dismissals by stipulation, motions for summary judgment or directed verdict. 

Brad's representative defense verdicts include the defense of a cardiologist in a 2008 trial involving the use of the drug Amiodarone, and a subsequent death involving pulmonary toxicity; the successful defense of a hospital in 2010 involving a patient who coded in the ED, was resuscitated for a half an hour with no pulse or respirations, was pronounced dead, and then a half an hour later, a nurse found the patient had come back to life and was breathing; and the successful defense verdict in 2011 of an interventional radiologist by rebutting a statutory presumption of negligence where a surgery is performed on the wrong organ.

In one notable case, Brad successfully defended a pulmonologist in 2010 who was alleged to have breached the standard of care by failing to give the 46-year-old decedent informed consent, including the risk of death, prior to performing a bronchoscopy with transbronchial biopsy. Prior to trial, the defense convinced the court that the plaintiffs must prove not only that the physician failed to inform the patient of risks and alternatives, and the undisclosed risk materialized causing injury, but also that a reasonable patient in the position of decedent would have declined to undergo the procedure had she been properly informed. The jury found in favor of the physician on this newly recognized proximate cause standard for informed consent cases, and the decision was affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1984, Brad obtained his juris doctor from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1988. Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey in 2001, Brad practiced in Florida as a partner with Gunn, Ogden and Sullivan, where he represented one of the largest operators of health care facilities in United States. Brad is board certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar. He then  practiced in Pennsylvania for several years before coming to Delaware in 2003. Brad has been awarded an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell.    

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Medical Evidence in Delaware Courts, NBI Seminars, August 2005

  • Successful Medical Malpractice Suits, NBI Seminars, May 2007

  • Risk Management Issues Associated with Pressure Sores, HCI National Risk Management Conference, 2001

  • Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Florida, NBI Seminars, 1995

  • The Tortoise and The Hare: Can the Slow Pace of Law Keep up with the Fast Pace of Computers?, Association for Systems Management, 1993

Published Works

  • “Further Limiting the Collateral Source Rule in Delaware,” Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017

  • "A Second Bite at the Apple, Superior Court appears to be making it harder to defend defense verdicts," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Vol. 27, February 23, 2004

  • "Annual Survey of Florida Tort and Insurance Law," The Advocate, No. 1, February 1992 and 1993

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, LA (J.D., 1988)

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (B.A., 1984)

Past Employment Positions

  • Ogden & Sullivan, P.A., f/k/a Gunn, Ogden & Sullivan, P.A., partner

  • McClain & Associates, P.A., associate

Defense Digest Article September 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017 By Bradley J. Goewert, Esq.* Key Points: Collateral source rule does not allow entire amount of medical bill to be submitted to jury in personal injury action when bill was paid by Medicare..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not...
Dec 1, 2017
Obtained a defense verdict in Delaware following a five-day medical negligence trial. ​The 54-year-old patient died three days after gallbladder surgery while still hospitalized. The plaintiffs alleged that post-operative bleeding, which required re...
October 2, 2018
Class Action & The Marshall Dennehey Horns, the in-house rock-and-roll band at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will compete at the 3rd Annual Law Rocks Philadelphia event on October 18 at the World Café Live to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Law Rocks is a...
August 16, 2013
"Class Action," the in-house rock and roll band at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will perform in the final round of the 13th Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands competition, to take place September 28th at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. After...

Education

  • Loyola University School of Law (J.D., 1988)
  • University of South Florida (B.A., 1984)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989
  • Pennsylvania, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • Delaware, 2003

Associations & Memberships

  • Delaware State Bar Association – Health Law Section; Litigation Section
  • Florida Bar Association – Trial Lawyers Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2001

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