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Organizations serving the Health and Human Services sector face a myriad of litigation challenges. Due to their broad array of services, these critical organizations face potential claims of professional liability, product liability, injury on their premises or while transporting consumers, and a host of claims based on alleged violations of state and federal regulations. Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding represent a broad range of clients in this exciting field, including continuing care communities, behavioral health facilities, pharmaceutical companies, municipalities and social service providers. In addition to actively litigating cases in state and federal courts, our lawyers have served as regional counsel for the world’s largest manufacturer of durable medical equipment for the past 30 years. We specialize in helping our clients to minimize risk and avoid legal exposure. We work side by side with our clients’ staff members and risk management immediately after an incident occurs as part of the initial investigation. While we are prepared to take immediate action at the request of our clients and we help provide prophylactic measures to avoid litigation, we also represent our clients in a broad range of litigated matters. We have defended matters as diverse as civil rights claims based on alleged abuse of a court adjudicated youth to a drowning case involving residents of a behavioral health facility. Many of our cases involve professional liability, either through claims brought directly against health care providers or allegations of institutional errors such as improperly administered restraints or inadequate levels of supervision. Attorneys at FHMS have also handled cases that directly deal with pharmaceutical manufacturing and other alleged defects. Representative cases involve injuries allegedly tied to defective wheelchairs, hospital beds, epidural catheters and penile implants.