David Williford represents physicians, nurses, hospitals and other healthcare professionals in civil litigation involving serious personal injury, including birth trauma, brain injuries, and death. David also represents physicians and nurses before the South Carolina Medical Board and the South Carolina Nursing Board, respectively, and counsels hospitals on a wide range of risk management matters.

David has served as an invited speaker on medico-legal topics to various professional groups and institutions, including the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville and Greenville Technical College.

David and his wife, Carrie, are blessed with four wonderful children. He serves as a deacon in his church and enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing the saxophone, and playing and watching all manner of sports. As a former baseball player at Wofford College, David enjoys rooting for his Terriers, much to the chagrin of his partners who are Furman alumni.

Education

  • Wofford College,
    Bachelor of Arts in Government, 2000
  • Regent University School of Law,
    Juris Doctor, 2006

Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2006
  • United States District Court for the
    District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the
    Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
    peer review rating [Link]
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars,
    2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Medical
    Malpractice Law — Defendants, 2018, 2019
  • Legal Elite of the Upstate, Greenville Business Magazine, 2018

Secured a dismissal on behalf of a gynecologist in a case alleging that the gynecologist failed to timely diagnose a bowel perforation that occurred during a gynecologic surgery. In the depositions of the treating physicians, the defense demonstrated that the gynecologist appropriately followed the patient in the hospital and timely undertook exploratory surgery to discover and repair the perforation. Soon thereafter, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case.

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Obtained summary judgment in favor of a hospital sued by a woman who entered the hospital to provide professional counseling services to a trauma patient but then slipped, fell and injured herself in a hospital common area. The plaintiff alleged she slipped on a wet and sticky substance on the floor as a result of the hospital’s failure to discover and remove the alleged unsafe substance and/or its failure to properly warn of the alleged unsafe condition. Following depositions and discovery, counsel filed a Motion for Summary judgment showing that the plaintiff failed to produce evidence of the alleged unsafe substance and, further, that the hospital appropriately maintained the area in question pursuant to proper policies, protocols and practices. The Court granted the hospital’s motion and dismissed the case.

Steve Snyder, David Williford

Secured a dismissal on behalf of a gynecologist, his practice, and his hospital employer in a case alleging that he misdiagnosed his patient’s vaginal prolapse and negligently performed surgery to repair the prolapse. At the deposition of the plaintiff’s expert, the defense demonstrated that the expert had previously given false testimony against physicians. Soon thereafter, the plaintiff dismissed the case.

David Williford, Ashby Davis

In a medical malpractice trial, obtained a directed verdict in favor of a pulmonologist where it was alleged that a misdiagnosis led to the death of a patient with lung cancer. The plaintiff presented the testimony of expert witnesses in pathology, oncology and radiology, but after cross-examination, the defense persuaded the judge that the testimony of these experts was insufficient to carry the plaintiff’s burden of proof. The judge dismissed the case.

David Williford, Ashby Davis

Obtained a voluntary dismissal of a general surgeon who was emergently called to assist with treatment of a patient who had become unstable and arrested during a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion being performed by a neurosurgeon. The general surgeon performed a small emergent exploratory laparotomy but was unable to identify the complication resulting in arrest or a source of a possible bleed. The patient ultimately died without being resuscitated and, on autopsy, was found to have lacerations in both the vena cava and aorta. The plaintiff alleged the general surgeon failed to properly or adequately perform the exploratory procedure which resulted in the patient’s death. The defense established that the approach under the emergent circumstances was appropriate and did not contribute to the fatal outcome. The general surgeon was ultimately dismissed without having to pay any settlement.

Steve Snyder, David Williford

Secured a dismissal in a medical malpractice case against several obstetricians, alleging that they negligently ruptured an artery during the patient’s C-section. Several days after the C-section, the plaintiff began bleeding in her pelvis and had to be transferred to Charlotte for emergency surgery and an embolization which saved her life. The plaintiff’s expert witnesses opined that the bleeding occurred due to an injury to her right lateral sacral artery. After a thorough review of the radiology films and studies of the embolization procedure, the defense determined that the injury had been to the uterine artery instead. After the plaintiff’s expert witnesses testified that there was no negligence if in fact the injury occurred to the uterine artery, the plaintiff dismissed the case.

David Williford, Ashby Davis

Obtained a defense verdict for a surgeon in a case in which the patient, after an emergent referral by his primary care physician, presented to a hospital with severe pain and a surgical abdomen, and the defendant surgeon performed an exploratory laparoscopy only to find a benign appendix. The surgeon thoroughly explored the abdominal cavity and “ran the bowel” without finding an explanation for the patient’s presentation. The patient was admitted, did not improve clinically, and eventually started deteriorating and showing lab value changes, at which time the surgeon ordered a CT scan that came back non-specific and then performed an exploratory laparotomy, finally discovering a small full-thickness perforation in the bowel after again running the bowel two times. The plaintiff alleged negligence for performing the initial exploratory laparotomy rather than treat the pain, wait and watch; for the manner in which the procedure was performed and allegedly caused the perforation; and for failing to timely discover and treat the complication. The jury rendered a unanimous verdict in favor of the defense.

Steve Snyder, David Williford

Obtained a defense verdict for several gynecologists in a medical malpractice case in which the plaintiff alleged the gynecologists negligently perforated her bowel during her hysterectomy and failed to timely diagnose and repair the perforation. The patient incurred a lengthy hospital stay and underwent a colostomy procedure, which was later reversed. At trial the defendants showed that the injury was a delayed perforation which was not due to negligence and that the defendants had timely diagnosed the injury and prevented further harm to the patient.

Steve Snyder, David Williford

Obtained a defense verdict at trial for an anesthesiologist and his practice in a medical malpractice case in which the plaintiff alleged the anesthesiologist failed to administer adequate amounts of anesthesia during a teenager’s appendectomy, which allegedly caused the teenager extreme pain, fear, and severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Based on the youthful age of the patient, the plaintiffs sought millions of dollars in damages for the lifelong suffering the patient claimed she would experience. In this complex case involving the minimum alveolar concentrations of anesthesia with respect to sevoflurane and the potentiating effects of multiple anesthetic drugs, the defense offered as an expert witness the nation’s leading expert in “anesthesia awareness.” The jury returned a verdict for the defendants.

Ashby Davis, David Williford

Successfully represented a radiologist in a disciplinary matter before the South Carolina Medical Board in which a patient alleged that she failed to recognize that the patient’s surgeon had misplaced a bariatric surgical device near her stomach and that the radiologist failed to properly communicate with the surgeon. After conducting a full investigation, defense counsel submitted on the radiologist’s behalf a detailed response to the Medical Board proving that she met the standard of care. The Board agreed and dismissed the complaint.

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Obtained a defense verdict at trial for an obstetrician in a medical malpractice case in which the plaintiff alleged the obstetrician was negligent in the delivery of her child during labor, resulting in uterine rupture and the death of the infant. The young mother required an emergent C-section and survived. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the obstetrician.

Ashby Davis, David Williford

Successfully represented a gynecologist in a disciplinary matter before the South Carolina Medical Board in which a patient claimed that he inappropriately performed a pelvic exam and sexually assaulted her. After conducting a full investigation, defense counsel submitted on the gynecologist’s behalf a detailed response to the patient’s complaint. The Board dismissed the complaint.

David Williford

Obtained a defense verdict for a general surgeon sued for medical malpractice where the plaintiff alleged the surgeon misdiagnosed her cardiac condition and improperly placed a cardiac pacemaker, causing pain and suffering and additional surgery. At trial, the defense showed that the plaintiff’s expert misdiagnosed the patient’s condition, and the jury found that the surgeon properly diagnosed the patient’s heart condition and appropriately placed the pacemaker.

Ashby Davis, David Williford

Obtained a defense verdict for a gynecologist and his hospital employer in a medical malpractice case in which the plaintiff alleged the gynecologist failed to correctly biopsy and diagnose cervical cancer in a 26-year-old woman, who died two years after the alleged misdiagnosis. The defense offered two expert witnesses, including a gynecological oncologist who wrote a leading textbook in his field. The jury decided in favor of the gynecologist.

Ashby Davis, David Williford

Obtained summary judgment for a pathologist in a complicated case involving allegations of defamation, slander, conspiracy, interference with contractual relations and unfair trade practices. After discovery, including many lengthy depositions, the defense established that the varied allegations against the pathologist were unsubstantiated, and the court dismissed him from the case.

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