Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

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Medical Malpractice Defense

According to the American Medical Association, Pennsylvania is one of 19 states that are in medical liability crisis. Three of the five major medical liability insurance companies are no longer writing policies in the Commonwealth. Contiguous states, including Ohio, West Virginia, and New Jersey, are in similar dire straits.

Self-Insurance, Captive Insurance Company, and Risk Retention Group (RRG)
The situation in Pennsylvania is so precarious that a task force was convened in Harrisburg in 2003 to explore ways of reversing the crisis and keeping physicians and medical services in the Commonwealth. According to the Report of the Governor’s Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance Task Force, “Medical liability coverage costs for hospitals and health systems have increased by 86 percent over the past 12 months.” Research conducted for The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania indicates 63 percent of hospitals surveyed reported that physicians are retiring early, curtailing practices, or relocating.

As they did in previous crises in 1975 and 1985, many hospitals and physician practices are turning to self-insurance, captive, or Risk Retention Groups (RRG) as a way to secure the coverage they need, while creating long-term stability and predictability in premium costs.

Since 1976 when Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote (DMC) created one of the nation’s first two captive insurance programs for one of the main health centers in Pennsylvania, the firm has pioneered the establishment of such programs for clients ranging from tertiary health systems, community and acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and physician practice groups.

While incorporation of these non-profit organizations was formerly done exclusively off-shore, Vermont, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia in particular have established insurance-friendly legislation to encourage incorporation.

Excess Carrier Representation
No firm has the experience or capability of DMC in providing accurate case assessment and evaluation in catastrophic damage or other high-loss potential cases for excess carriers whether domestic or foreign. As with all of their litigation work, DMC lawyers have earned and enjoy the highest respect and professional relationships with both Bench and Bar for more than 100 years.

Our services include:

  • Assistance in conducting a feasibility study
  • Structuring, formation, and maintenance of the self-insurance, captive, or RRG programs
  • Assistance in reinsurance/excess placements
  • Handling all licensure and regulatory compliance
  • Support in structuring committees and processes to accomplish premium ratings; risk management; and claim review, reserving, and processing, etc.
  • Accounting and actuarial administration and liaison
  • Claim evaluation, supervision, and handling
  • Case defense handling
In addition, we work closely with existing insurance programs which your hospital or group might be eligible to join. Our attorneys can help determine what direction is the right course of action for you.

Class Action
Because of our reputation and knowledge of the industry, we have been retained to defend class action cases arising from the provision of health care services. These lawsuits have included claims arising from suspected environmental conditions as well as the release of protected information due to an alleged cybersecurity breach.

Medical Malpractice Liability Defense
The numbers and values of medical malpractice lawsuits and other professional liability claims against health care providers have risen dramatically in recent years. Defending these claims can be costly, as well as time-consuming and disruptive.

With some 40 lawyers working exclusively in the arena, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote represents more health systems, hospitals, physicians, registered nurses, and other health care providers than any law firm in the tri-state region and beyond. We also have highly experienced legal nurse consultants on staff to provide invaluable technical support help in case assessment/development and handling.

Most importantly, we provide complete support for the health care professional throughout the course of case evaluation, discovery, and trial. We understand that the litigation process can be unnerving to anyone, and we thoroughly prepare our clients for every step of the process with confidence.

We recognize that a medical malpractice suit is highly personal, often putting the professional reputation of a physician or institution at risk. Our attorneys have earned high respect for being fully sensitive to those concerns and to protecting the confidentiality of the entire malpractice handling process.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Review for Janet K. Meub by a Sole Practitioner on 05/30/17 in Medical Malpractice Defense

    I have known and been opposed by Ms. Meub for many years in medical malpractice litigation. At all times she has exhibited the utmost professionalism and her word has been her bond. She has been punctual and forthcoming in all matters of discovery... Read more

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    I have known and been opposed by Ms. Meub for many years in medical malpractice litigation. At all times she has exhibited the utmost professionalism and her word has been her bond. She has been punctual and forthcoming in all matters of discovery and before the court. She exemplifies the highest level of legal capabilities, professionalism and ethics. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Review for J. David Ziegler by a Senior Associate on 09/14/12 in Medical Malpractice

    I have worked on two separate lawsuits in which Dave was opposing counsel. He is a great attorney, professional, fair and intelligent. He exemplifies how the law should be practiced.

    I have worked on two separate lawsuits in which Dave was opposing counsel. He is a great attorney, professional, fair and intelligent. He exemplifies how the law should be practiced. Read less

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Diversity

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. is committed to promoting a work environment that fosters and enhances diversity. The firm believes in the importance of various backgrounds and experiences which lead to better team work, strong ideas, and superior understanding in the workplace and in the various areas of law. We know our clients have a diverse workforce and our efforts towards a diverse law firm will enable us to better serve our clients.

Some of the firm’s extensive diversity efforts include:
  • Developing a diversity committee of seven attorneys to review firm policies and initiatives regarding diversity.
  • Being one of eleven law firms to participate in the Allegheny County Bar Association Minority Hiring Initiative. The firm has been a member of this organization since its inception and participates in all meetings.
  • Participating in the Allegheny County Bar Association Summer Clerkship and Law Internship Program. Through this, Dickie McCamey hires first year minority students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Duquesne University School of Law for 12-week summer clerkships.
  • Taking part in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law LLM program, in which law school graduates from other countries are able to experience law practices in a United States context by interning at Pittsburgh law firms.
  • Attending diversity conferences and lectures including:
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association Diversity Conference
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Attorney Conference
    • Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association Regional Convention
  • Sponsoring a law student from Panama through the ACBA’s Hispanic Attorneys Committee to assist him in preparing his thesis on the differences in the systems of law in Panama and United States.

Dickie McCamey believes in providing and maintaining a diverse workforce for attorneys and staff. We provide fair and ethical treatment regardless one’s race, gender, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical disability.

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. is an equal opportunity employer.
 

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