“As a nursing educator I taught my students that they were their patient’s first line of defense when admitted to the hospital. Now as an attorney, I tell clients that I am their first line of offense in getting justice for them when they are harmed due to medical negligence.” — Mary Anne Walling
Ms. Walling has a unique advantage when it comes to medical matters: She started her career as a registered nurse, an experience that took her to the bedsides of critically ill patients and burn victims. She also taught nursing skills to students and nursing professionals. And she researched nutritional and metabolic issues in critically ill and burn patients, authoring and co-authoring scholarly chapters and articles on nursing and nutrition. This first-hand knowledge gives Ms. Walling an unparalleled depth of understanding of medical procedures that she has used to her clients’ advantage. She has helped recover millions of dollars in a series of successful medical malpractice actions since joining the firm in 2001. Ms. Walling, who became a member of the firm in 2011, is based at the firm’s Garden City, N.Y., office.
Areas of Practice
- Medical Malpractice
St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1987
Boston University, M.S., Nursing, 1972
Awards and Recognition
- Recognized as a top lawyer by Super Lawyers
- The Best Lawyers in America
New York State Bar Association
New York Stake Trial Lawyers Association
Nassau County Bar Association
St. John’s University, Bridging the Gap program, Presenter
A Series of Substantial Settlements
Ms. Walling has helped her clients to successful settlements in a number of complex medical malpractice cases.
In May 2016, she obtained a settlement for a 67-year-old woman who sought care at a well-respected hospital’s emergency room for severe abdominal pain and constipation. The hospital administered an enema and a potent laxative without doing a necessary C/T scan. The woman was left with a perforated bowel, peritonitis, shock and loss of oxygen to the brain. The error required an emergency laparotomy, creation of a colostomy and left the woman with a permanent cognitive injury.
A month earlier, in April 2016, Ms. Walling settled a case involving the misdiagnosis of a 49-year-old wife and mother of four. A family doctor – who was not a radiologist — misinterpreted a chest x-ray and failed to see that the woman had developed lung cancer. As a result, the woman was left untreated and the cancer advanced to a non-curable Stage 4.
Other settlements negotiated by Ms. Walling include:
- $3 million for a man who suffered brain injuries as a result of a failure of his physicians to timely diagnose a post-operative infection.
- $1.875 million for the family of a 50-year-old woman, who died after becoming septic as a result of sound wave treatment for kidney stones.
- $1.85 million for a 70-year-old woman who died after the doctors failed to provide proper treatment while she received a clot-busting drug.
Ms. Walling enjoys the crafts of sewing, quilting and knitting. She also enjoys traveling to Ireland to see her family with whom she has been able to keep close contact through e-mail, Skype and other electronic communications.