“As a nurse, I miss providing direct care for patients, but I still think of myself as healing, just in a different way.”
Debbie has been integrally involved in a number of highly complex product liability and personal injury cases since joining Wexler Wallace LLP. Debbie draws on more than 25 years of nursing experience in a variety of clinical settings. This has proven to be a tremendous benefit in helping the attorneys acquire a complete understanding of the medical aspects of these many complex cases.
At Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC, she became certified in chemotherapy administration and worked in the medical surgical oncology unit and the Breast Cancer Program. In addition, Debbie has worked in Home Health and at Trinity Medical Center West in Ohio and the Weirton Medical Center in West Virginia in their outpatient centers. Certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, she provided care for patients and assisted physicians in endoscopy and minor surgical procedures, conscious sedation, ophthalmic laser and orthopedic procedures, outpatient chemotherapy and utilization review.
Her diverse and extensive clinical experience lends itself strongly to the challenge of analyzing the merits of defective medical device or product mass tort claims. Debbie is responsible for the intake of client information, medical records analysis, and assisting to develop individual medical causation issues in drug and medical device litigations, as well as medical malpractice and personal injury cases. These product liability cases have included pharmaceutical litigation involving Vioxx, Ketek, Tequin, Bausch & Lomb ReNu MoisturLoc Solution, asthma medications, Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella oral contraceptives, SSRI antidepressants, Actos, Granuflo dialysis concentrates, Testosterone, Zofran, Risperdal, Invokana, Xarelto and Talcum powder as well as those product liability cases consisting of injuries caused by unreasonably dangerous and defective products. Medical devices have included Guidant and Medtronic Heart Devices, Sprint Fidelis leads, Kugel hernia mesh, DePuy ASR and other metal on metal hip implants and vaginal mesh and sling products used in the surgical procedure treatment of women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence, Essure contraceptive devices and duodenoscopes causing multi drug resistant infections.
Debbie became a Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) in 2005 through the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB), earning this distinction of board certification recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA). In 2013, Debbie was elected to serve a three year term as Director-At-Large for the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC), the national organization dedicated to the professional enhancement and growth of registered nurses practicing in the specialty area of legal nurse consulting. She was selected and is presently serving as the President for the AALNC. Prior to her term on the AALNC National Board of Directors, she chaired the Forum committee for the 2012 AALNC Legal Nurse Consulting Educational and Networking Forum held in San Antonio, TX. Debbie received her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing in 1981 and a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management in 2019.