With more than 30 years of experience, Martina Walsh McLaughlin has a distinguished career representing clients in a wide variety of complex civil litigation cases, including medical and legal malpractice, products liability, highway design, dram shop cases and general negligence. She has compassionately represented many families who suffered devastating losses, including a new father whose wife died in child birth, parents of a healthy newborn who suffered brain damage only hours after birth, the mother of a construction worker killed when he was struck by a milling machine unequipped with blind spot mirrors, the family of a nurse who died when the defectively designed medivac helicopter she was on crashed after take-off, and many others.
Ms. McLaughlin has also represented clients with claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Working on behalf of workers seeking pension benefits under an early retirement package, she organized several class-action lawsuits that garnered national attention from the media and legal community. Also noteworthy is her representation of vulnerable children and mentally challenged adults who have been physically abused.
She excels in resolving and assisting other colleagues in analyzing complex legal issues accompanying major litigation. Currently, she has joined her colleague, Chuck Hehmeyer, in representing parents and children with claims involving inborn errors of metabolism.
Ms. McLaughlin has received the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethics from Martindale Hubble. She served for five years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.
Ms. McLaughlin’s pro bono activities include volunteering for the Senior Law Center. When her children, now college students (Rochester Institute of Technology and Boston University), were in high school, Ms. McLaughlin was actively involved in school activities, including Treasurer of the Upper Merion High School Crew Boosters and a participant with her husband in The Shipley School’s Fine Arts Committee activities.
- Birth Injuries
- Medical Malpractice
- Professional Malpractice
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice
- Kings College, 1977
- University of Notre Dame Law School, 1980
$5,000,000 Settlement for Death of Teenager Unlawfully Served Alcohol
An 18-year-old attended a sporting event, where he was illegally served multiple beers by vendors who did not check his identification and who failed to follow the arena’s limits on the volume of alcohol that could be sold to a patron. As he drove home, the young man could not navigate a turn and was killed in a one-car crash. Stephen Raynes and Martina McLaughlin worked together to successfully refute the defense that the young man was to blame for his own death and established that the responsibility rested with the vendor. A videotape settlement brochure allowed the family to express their painful loss without the need for their formal testimony. The Raynes McCarty team secured for the family a $5 million dollar pre-trial settlement from the vendors’ parent company.
$4,250,000 Settlement for Deceased Mother on Public Assistance
Jean was a young woman who became pregnant with twins at a point where she was unemployed and on public assistance. Because of anesthesia mistakes, she died after childbirth. The defendant hospital tried to minimize the loss, arguing that her lack of employment at the time and minimal experience in the workplace made the case one of limited value. Raynes partners Jerry McHugh and Martina McLaughlin rejected this thinking, and retained a national expert on the importance of a mother’s presence in the lives of children. The children’s father had abandoned them, effectively making the children orphans. By thoughtfully building a case on the twins’ loss of parenting, the children’s financial future was assured.
Confidential Settlement for highway construction worker killed by Milling Machine
Milling machines are used to grind off the top layer of a road prior to re-paving. Because of its size, it is difficult for the operator to see everything in the path of the machine unless the machine is designed to have effectively positioned mirrors. A milling machine operator couldn’t see a co-worker, John, who was in a blind spot. Tragically, John was literally ground to death. Martina McLaughlin conducted extensive research and discovered evidence that the defendant had formulated – years before John’s death – visibility specifications and had tested mirrors that would have provided visibility along the sides of the machine and prevented the accident. This evidence overshadowed the defendant’s attempt to blame the victim or machine operator and led to a significant settlement.
Confidential Settlement Involving National Drug Store Chain
A senior citizen had her prescription filled incorrectly be a national brand chain pharmacy, leading to avascular necrosis of her hips, serious complications and hospitalization Martina McLaughlin used defendant’s own procedure manuals to prepare requests for admissions documenting that the pharmacy’s violation of its own policy led to the error. Settlement promptly followed.