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McMaster Keith

Collectively, McMasters Keith Butler has several decades of combined experience in health care litigation. Beth McMasters, Karen Keith and Ashley Butler have represented doctors, physician practices, nursing homes, hospitals, insurance companies and clinics throughout Kentucky. We represent clients in mediation, medical review panel proceedings, jury trials, and bench trials in state and federal court. We have the depth and expertise to defend our clients in a wide variety of medical malpractice cases. Our clientele spans the entire spectrum of the health care industry including hospitals, physicians, corporations and individuals. Collectively, our lawyers have tried dozens of medical malpractices cases before juries throughout Kentucky:

Some of those trials, but not all, are as follows:

  • As lead trial counsel for a hospital facing a $2.5 million dollar wrongful death suit, Keith obtained defense verdict following seven-day jury trial.
  • As trial co-counsel for hospital facing $11.2 million professional liability suit, Keith obtained unanimous defense verdict following two-week jury trial.
  • As trial co-counsel for hospital facing $1.7 million professional liability suit, Keith obtained defense verdict following two-week jury trial.
  • As lead trial counsel for hospital facing $1 million professional liability suit involving claim made on behalf of a child with a potentially deadly infection which resulted in amputation, Keith obtained unanimous defense verdict following two-week jury trial.
  • As lead counsel for hospital facing $12 million wrongful death suit, Keith obtained a defense verdict following a two-and a half week jury trial.
  • As lead trial counsel for a hospital facing a $12 million wrongful death suit in case involving death of a woman shortly after delivering a healthy infant, McMasters obtained a defense verdict following a two-week trial.
  • As lead trial counsel for a vascular surgeon and an internist facing over $10 million in damages in a professional liability case involving failure to diagnose and treat stroke, McMasters obtained a defense verdict following two-and a half week trial.
  • As lead trial counsel for surgical oncologist facing several-million-dollar suit involving surgical complications leading to death of a 21 year-old, McMasters obtained a defense verdict following a seven-day trial.
  • As lead trial counsel for Hospital facing $3 million professional liability suit involving a hip fracture allegedly caused by a physical therapist, McMasters obtained a directed verdict.
  • As lead trial counsel for a hospital facing $2 million professional liability case involving post radiology study complications, McMasters obtained a defense verdict on causation.
  • As lead trial counsel for a nephrology practice facing a $7 million-dollar lawsuit involving death of a 28-year-old mother, McMasters obtained a defense verdict after 2-week trial.
  • As trial co-counsel for an OB/GYN physician accused of sterilizing a young patient without consent, Butler obtained a defense verdict.
  • As trial co-counsel for a pediatrician who was accused of missing a spinal tumor while reading his own films, which lead to permanent nerve damage to the child's face, Butler obtained a defense verdict.
  • Butler, acting as co-counsel at trial, successfully defended a physician accused of failing to properly evaluate a trauma patient who was later rendered quadriplegic by injuries not identified in the ER.

In addition, the lawyers of McMasters Keith Butler have obtained summary judgment in well over hundreds of cases, as each file is aggressively worked with the goal of timely dismissal rather than of maximum time spent.

We appreciate that our clients do not need a lawyer merely to represent them in court, but rather need counsel to help find solutions to their healthcare training, hospital risk management and employment concerns. McMasters Keith Butler not only offer defense services to their clients, but also offer training seminars for health care risk management, policy and insurance, and related workplace issues particular to the states of Kentucky and Indiana.

The attorneys of McMasters Keith Butler have provided educational programs and training to a diverse group of organizations including:

  • Kentucky Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Kentucky Court System for Dr. Ann Lyons
  • Kentucky Claims Association Read More >>

The attorneys of McMasters Keith Butler, Inc., maintain close working relationships with an established network of highly skilled medical experts who are at the forefront of their given field; including orthopedists, obstetricians and gynecologists, pediatricians, surgeons, neurologists, cardiologists, nurses, and a variety of other healthcare professionals. These relationships offer access to the type of specialized knowledge and information that is critical to the successful investigation and litigation of cases. The attorneys of McMasters Keith Butler, Inc., have the expertise to represent clients in every medical and nursing specialty regarding any complex legal or medical issue.

NEWS & EVENTS
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys newest board certified attorney in medical malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

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  • McMasters Keith Butler, Inc., receives national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise

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Legal Updates
  • Estate of Glenda Thomas, et al. v. University Medical Center, Inc. d/b/a University of Louisville Hospital, et al. - Beth McMasters and Sara Clark Davis of McMasters Keith Butler, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky received a defense verdict in Jefferson County on June 29, 2016 in the case of Estate of Glenda Thomas, et al. v. University Medical Center, Inc. d/b/a University of Louisville Hospital, et al. Click here to read more >>
  • Medical Negligence - In a rare case of a high risk monoamniotic pregnancy, the plaintiff blamed her maternal fetal specialist and hospital nurses for failing to intervene in a timely fashion to appreciate an umbilical cord complication - one twin was stillborn and the other suffered a severe brain injury. Sims v. Norton Healthcare et al, 09-11899 Plaintiff: Bruce Maston, Albany, NY; Defense: Beth H. McMasters and Ashley J. Butler, McMasters Keith Butler, Louisville for Norton Hospital Scott P. Whonsetler, Whonsetler & Johnson, Louisville for Pietrantoni Verdict: Defense verdict on liability Court: Jefferson, J. Perry, 6-17-14
  • Medical Negligence - The plaintiff died of a pulmonary embolus at University Hospital after waiting for hours to be examined – her estate argued that had she been properly triaged and treated in a timely fashion, the fatal event could have been averted. Stout v. University Hospital, 08-13380 Plaintiff: Larry B. Franklin and Kelly J. Oates, The Franklin Law Group, Louisville and Brian S. Brownfield, Rosing & Brownfield, Louisville Defense: Beth H. McMasters and Ashley J. Butler, McMasters Keith Butler, Louisville Verdict: Defense verdict on liability Court: Jefferson, J. McDonald - Burkman, 6-27-13