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Career Biography

Alan M. Herman focuses his practice on complex personal injury matters, including medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, automobile accidents and construction litigation. His extensive litigation and trial experience has resulted in multiple recoveries of more than $1 million by way of verdict, award or settlement.

Alan's experience in the field of complex plaintiff personal injury litigation dates back over 35 years. Through the vast array of clients over those years and varying circumstances underlying their claims, he has developed a unique insight into the strategies and litigation skills necessary to maximize the recovery on behalf of clients. Each case is handled on an individualized basis with a high level of attention to detail. Alan is backed by a support team dedicated to protecting the interests of clients and aggressively advocating for their rights.

Since 2006, Alan has been recognized annually by Philadelphia Magazine's "Super Lawyers" in the area of Medical Malpractice, an honor received by only a select group of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, lectured to fellow attorneys on various topics related to personal injury litigation and was appointed an investigator to the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

Representative Matters

$4.1 million

Failure to communicate abnormal laboratory results from a blood culture leads to delayed diagnosis of pneumococcal meningitis resulting in severe brain damage in infant.

$3.4 million

Failure to recognize prolonged fetal decelerations and hypoxia results in baby’s suffering brain damage and ventilator dependent respiratory failure.

$2.1 million

Passenger falls out of open door of truck backing out of parking spot and suffers traumatic brain injury resulting in loss of sense of smell and taste, gait dystonia, and cognitive deficits.

$1.8 million

Fatal heart attack after complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath were misdiagnosed as being respiratory rather than cardiac related.

$1.7 million

Radiologist’s failure to properly interpret and communicate the results of an MRI study and the ordering orthopedic surgeon’s failure to read the entire report from that study leads to fatal delay in diagnosis of kidney cancer.

$1.4 million

Delayed diagnosis of cystic duct leak after laparoscopic cholecystectomy leading to heart attack following surgery to drain a large volume of bile from the abdomen and to repair the leak.

$1.4 million

Global recovery on behalf of multiple passengers in an automobile after it veered off the road and crashed into a tree on the median that was located too close to the adjacent roadway.

$1.0 million

Failure to recognize fetal distress related to uterine hyperstimulation after mother presents at the hospital in labor results in severe and ultimately fatal birth injuries.

$1.0 million

Construction site accident leg injury results in disabling deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus.

$1.0 million

Driver loses control of his vehicle after exiting interstate highway, crashes after jumping the guardrail along the intersecting street at the base of the exit ramp, and suffers catastrophic injuries leaving him a quadriplegic.

$900,000

Motor vehicle accident leads to death of passenger who was ejected from an automobile after it left the roadway, struck a pole on the sidewalk and then  flipped over landing on its roof.

$900,000

Fatal injury to intercostal artery during a thoracentesis to remove fluid from the pleural space performed by uncredentialed resident on patient with end stage liver disease.

$890,000

Excessive and fatal dosage of methadone improperly prescribed by a family practice doctor for patient addicted to opioid pain medications.

$850,000

Motor vehicle accident results in traumatic brain injury with severe and disabling physical and cognitive deficits leading to permanent placement in a residential care facility.

$850,000

Motorcyclist struck and killed by van after crossing from milled to an elevated portion of an interstate that had recently been re-asphalted during a highway resurfacing project.

$765,000

Pedestrian killed when struck by a car while walking alongside a busy roadway in the middle of the night.

$750,000

Failure to diagnose bowel perforation and perform an immediate laparotomy leads to death of patient before she can be transferred out of the hospital emergency room.

$725,000

Death arising out of sepsis that developed after delay in ordering repeat CT scan and failing to timely operate for suspected bowel perforation.

$700,000

Fatal pulmonary embolus resulting from the failure to monitor and administer anticoagulant medication to a sedated bedbound patient.

$650,000

Incomplete surgery to remove thymus gland in patient with myasthenia gravis leading to a lengthy period of intravenous immunoglobulin treatments and further surgery to remove the remaining portion of the gland that had been left after the initial operation.

Alan M. Herman

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Office:
Philadelphia, PA

PRACTICE AREAS
Medical Malpractice
Nursing Home
Personal Injury
 
BAR ADMISSIONS
Pennsylvania
 
COURT ADMISSIONS
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania
 
EDUCATION
B.B.A., Temple University, 1973 (Magna Cum Laude)
J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1976
 
MEMBERSHIPS
Pennsylvania Association for Justice
Philadelphia Bar Association
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
 
 
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