Malpractice Defense Services Welcomes Veteran Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney Paulyne A. Gardner

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MDS is glad to welcome veteran malpractice defense attorney Paulyne A. Gardner, Esq. as their Director of Legal Services, fighting for the rights of medical practitioners, and the community, in the war against the rampant medical malpractice dilemma.

Malpractice Defense Services, the “Revolutionary Approach to Medical Malpractice Defense,” welcomes aboard seasoned medical malpractice defense attorney Paulyne A. Gardner, Esq. as their Director of Legal Services.

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“The continuing level of response and interest in MDS’ services, coupled with the consistent volume increase in our client base, has dictated that we once again bring aboard the ‘best of the best.’ Our clients deserve no less, and with the addition of Paulyne to the MDS team we have continued the MDS tradition of excellence,” states Todd B. Nurick, Esq., founder and CEO of MDS. “Paulyne is a tremendous asset. MDS and our clients couldn’t be more fortunate.”

Attorney Gardner received her Bachelor’s Degree from Muhlenberg College, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. While at Muhlenberg, she was both a Dana Scholar and a Muhlenberg Scholar. She received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law in 1997 and has clerked for the Honorable Russell Nigro.

Since graduating from law school, Paulyne has dedicated her practice to the defense of physicians and hospitals. She has represented defendants in the medical community from pre-trial through post-trial and has handled appeals before both state and federal appellate courts.

Paulyne is an active member of the Montgomery and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She served for four years as an officer of the Young Lawyer Division of the Montgomery Bar Association and currently serves as a member of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Medical Legal Committee, is a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and is the Vice-Chair of the Sidebar Committee. She also serves as Assistant Editor of the Montgomery County Law Reporter and is actively involved with the Montgomery County Literacy Network.

As a lawyer who has focused her career on defending physicians and hospitals, Paulyne is intricately familiar with the unfortunate effects that the malpractice crisis has had on her clients. She firmly believes that reform is needed. As a part of MDS, Paulyne hopes to serve as a link in the process of changing the current malpractice environment.

“The addition of Ms. Gardner to our team embodies what MDS is all about,” says Dr. Todd Morehouse, an ear, nose and throat surgeon and MDS’ Director of Professional Development. Dr. Morehouse continues, “MDS provides the best level of service to our clients with only the highest quality of personnel. Her expertise and dedication to malpractice defense fit right in line with what MDS stands for.”

Dr. Morehouse maintains that, “the current state of malpractice continues to be depressing to physicians. With the recent failure of the Senate to pass malpractice reform litigation, it is clear there is no end in sight to this crisis. MDS is proud to lead the movement dedicated to standing up against frivolous suits, and trying to prevent the mass exodus of our region's health care providers.”

“The current method for protecting yourself, as a practitioner, is not sufficient. This has resulted in higher judgments, higher settlements and longer litigation. That’s why premiums increased again in 2006.”

“Communities are losing great doctors due to the impotence of the current system. The unfortunate reality is that there is no one who is truly on the side of the defendants involved in these protracted lawsuits," states Nurick.

"This is due to what MDS calls the 'Triple Threat' that is inherent in the current system. The insurance company pays the insurance-appointed attorney’s bill; it’s the insurance company’s money at stake in a settlement or judgment; and, the insurance company directs the attorney’s actions. In the current system, the real client is the insurance company. Doctors have been given no choice but to hire private counsel to protect themselves, and MDS seeks to minimize the impact on the doctors involved. Essentially, doctors have no one looking out for them, ensuring that their voice is heard. MDS gives the medical practitioner the voice they so badly need."

"If we do our job the way it should be done, MDS will have a permanent effect on malpractice litigation and premiums.”

Gardner is confident that MDS is the solution to what most view as a plague, especially in the Northeast.

"I believe that the services provided by MDS are not just innovative but are also vital to addressing the current medical malpractice crisis in states such as Pennsylvania,” states Gardner. “I am extremely excited about joining the MDS team and bringing my experience and enthusiasm into this new area of malpractice defense."

About Malpractice Defense Services:

MDS was founded in 2004 by attorneys and physicians with the single goal of protecting medical practitioners in litigation, preventing litigation and protecting the community. They are the only organization dedicated to the permanent reduction of malpractice lawsuits, premiums, judgments and settlements via the active monitoring of, and aggressive intervention and participation in, malpractice litigation.

MDS is a retainer-based organization that was created to be more-than-affordable to the medical community. Their patent-pending process provides their clients with the highest level of malpractice defense and the MDS model prevents the need for the doctor to run around trying to find an attorney at the last minute and shelling out perhaps tens of thousands of dollars at once.

Our clients have access to preventive information and advice, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing MDS’ experience will be there the second that doctor is named as a defendant in a lawsuit. MDS is not there just before or at the beginning of litigation, but throughout the entire process.

Unlike other companies with the goal of benefiting from the plight of the doctors and our communities, MDS, the 'original', actually serves as a physician's private attorney. MDS does not just write a few letters on the physicians' behalf and refer them to an outside law firm, but is committed to being the doctor's private counsel and colleague, with the goal to get the doctor out of any litigation as soon as possible. Paid on a small monthly retainer, MDS has no interest in stretching out the process to generate fees for plaintiff attorneys and insurance-appointed defense attorneys.

Additionally, MDS’ fees may be deductible as a legitimate business expense. Check with your accountant.

Malpractice Defense Services provides a "Revolutionary Approach to Medical Malpractice Defense."

MDS is committed to the highest standards of ethics in law and medicine.

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