Ms. Patchen focuses on medical malpractice defense; contract negotiation and litigation, including litigation of non-compete contracts and representation before state licensing boards, and personal injury litigation.
Ms. Patchen has represented specialty groups including: interventional cardiology, OB/GYN, plastic surgery, urology, radiology, interventional radiology, family practice, internal medicine, nephrology, physiatry, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, pathology, neurology, otolaryngology (ENT) and pediatrics.
8-day medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly diagnose and treat post-operative abscess following pelvic floor reconstructive surgery for uterine prolapse. Represented defendant urogynecologist/female pelvic medicine reconstructive surgeon. Case resulted in a 10-2 defense verdict
5-day medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly diagnose and treat forearm fracture in 17-yr. old male resulting in alleged further surgical treatment and chronic pain complaints. Represented defendant orthopedic surgeon and group. Case resulted in unanimous defense verdict.
Medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly administer steroids resulting in death of 27 year old woman with three children. Represented critical care pulmonologist. After two days of trial, plaintiff moved for a voluntary non-suit which was granted as to defendant.
Four day medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly provide preoperative instructions for vasectomy resulting in development of scrotal hematoma. Represented urologist and his PA. Case resulted in verdict in favor of defendants.
Six day medical malpractice case alleging failure to properly treat wound infection following cosmetic surgery resulting in removal of breast implants and alleged permanent disability. Represented plastic surgeon. Case resulted in unanimous verdict in favor of defendants.
Seven day trial medical malpractice case involving death of 27 year old woman due to alleged failure to diagnose fatal heart arrhythmia. Represented cardiologist. Case resulted in no causation verdict in favor of defendants.
Two week medical malpractice case involving death of 36-year old woman eight days after delivery by C-Section. Alleged failure to diagnose and treat pneumonia leading to endometritis, sepsis and death. Represented two treating OB’s and their group. Case resulted in verdict in favor of defendants.
Publications and Presentations
Impact of Disruptive Behavior on Patient Care and Practice
Developing and Presenting Your Case
Developing and Presenting Your Case: A Case Study of A Few Good Men
Legal Aspects of EMR’s/Clinical Decision Support (CDS)
Cross Examination at the Movies
Failure to diagnose – A Continuing Challenge
Risk Management Consult: Failure to Diagnose
Preparing & Trying the Medical Malpractice Case
Medical Malpractice Litigation
Risk Management Rounds for Physicians
Pennsylvania Physicians, Sheraton Hotel, Mars, PA
Risk Management Rounds: Physicians
Risk Awareness For Physicians
Real Cases from the Medical/Legal World
Guest Lecturer for Cyril Wecht, MD, JD, Law and Medicine Class
Tort Law Update: Medical Malpractice
1995, West Virginia and Ohio
University of Michigan, B.A., 1991
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1994
Professional & Community Involvement
Academy of Trial Lawyers
Allegheny County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer