David D. Ward has been at the forefront of the legal industry since 1975. As an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County, he sharpened his trial skills, prosecuting criminal cases and gaining valuable litigation experience. After four years in criminal court, David transitioned to civil court, where he has spent the last 25 years exclusively specializing in the defense of medical malpractice actions.
Born into a medical family, David’s passion for advocating for healthcare professionals runs deep. With a father who is a general surgeon, and both a brother and uncle who are internists, David’s extensive knowledge and understanding of the medical field sets him apart. He represents a wide range of clients, including physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals, community hospitals, outpatient surgical facilities, and other healthcare providers. David’s expertise covers both federal and state courts.
David’s exceptional skills and unwavering integrity have earned him recognition within the legal community. He is a proud member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating that acknowledges attorneys who have reached exceptional levels of skill and integrity. In addition, he has been featured in esteemed publications such as “The Best Lawyers in America®” and “North Carolina Super Lawyers®” multiple times for his outstanding work in medical malpractice law and personal injury litigation.
In May 2019, David Ward retired from private practice, leaving behind a legacy of unparalleled success and dedication to his clients.
Every case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. While the following cases represent just a fraction of David’s impressive track record, they demonstrate his ability to secure favorable outcomes for his clients in complex medical malpractice cases:
Defense Verdict: A Multi-Week Medical Malpractice Trial
In an Eastern North Carolina trial, David successfully defended two Emergency Department Physicians and an Emergency Department Physician Assistant against allegations of failure to diagnose acute chest syndrome, failure to interpret radiological film, and failure in policy development. The plaintiff claimed that these failures led to the tragic death of her husband. However, David’s expertise and strategic defense resulted in a favorable defense verdict.
Defense Verdict: Obstetrician Acquitted in Delivery Delay Case
David represented an obstetrician in a high-stakes case involving alleged delivery delay that caused severe cerebral palsy and significant injuries to the child. With damages claimed exceeding $25 million, David skillfully navigated the case and secured a defense verdict, protecting his client’s reputation and financial well-being.
Defense Verdict: Failure to Diagnose Obstructed Bowel
A plaintiff’s attorney and their experts accused an emergency department physician and physician’s assistant of failing to diagnose an obstructed bowel, resulting in multiple surgeries and injuries. However, David’s meticulous defense and compelling arguments convinced the jury to deliver a favorable defense verdict.
Defense Verdict: Trauma Surgeon’s Expert Diagnosis Upheld
David defended a trauma surgeon against allegations of failing to properly diagnose and treat a bleeding spleen, which tragically led to the death of a patient. Despite the plaintiff’s attorney and experts’ claims, David’s expertise and well-crafted defense strategy resulted in yet another favorable defense verdict.
Defense Verdict: Victorious in Small Bowel Obstruction Case
When an OB/GYN was accused of failing to diagnose a small bowel obstruction, David stepped in to defend their reputation. With his expert legal acumen and persuasive arguments, David successfully secured a defense verdict for his client.
The list goes on, with David Ward consistently achieving defense verdicts for various medical professionals in cases ranging from shoulder dystocia to misdiagnosis. His unwavering commitment to his clients’ success is unparalleled.
Articles, Presentations, and Publications
David’s expertise is highly sought-after, and he frequently shares his knowledge with physician and hospital groups. He is a respected speaker at medical society meetings, where he addresses a variety of medical malpractice issues. His contributions to the field have solidified his reputation as a trusted authority in the legal community.
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Note: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Each case is unique, and past results do not guarantee future outcomes.