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Practice Area Medical Malpractice

In an instant, a serious injury turns an individual’s life upside down and results in losses never limited to the injured person alone.  Like these unexpected injuries, an untimely death devastates family and loved ones and can cause tremendous financial burden.  There is no more rewarding work at Duffy & Young than achieving justice and resolution for individuals and families who have suffered such losses due to the careless or intentional acts of someone else.

Medical malpractice and other professional negligence

Doctors and other health care providers hold themselves out as capable of accepting the faith patients place in them for care. They owe an awesome duty to make responsible decisions based on the needs of their individual patients.  When a doctor breaches that trust and makes careless or improper decisions, the results often are catastrophic for the individual patient and his or her family.  The health care provider cannot then shirk its responsibility to that patient or for its substandard care.  We work to be sure that, when they try to avoid responsibility, they do not get away with it.

Duffy & Young brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective to medical malpractice claims, with trial experience on both the plaintiff and defense side.

Personal injury cases involving significant injuries

No one should want to have a good personal injury case. If you have one, though, you should want a good lawyer.  At Duffy & Young, we handle cases where injuries have a life-altering impact on our clients, such as a permanent disability or limitation, or surgeries and continuous medical care.  We do not advertise to get calls for every car wreck case, job injury or slip and fall, and we do not chase ambulances.  We take cases involving significant injuries where our hard work, experience, and skill can make a difference for the injured client and his or her family.  We have represented clients suffering from any number of injuries caused by someone else, including brain damage, third degree burns, blindness, neck and back injuries, broken hips and other joints and bones requiring surgery or surgeries and often the placement of hardware to help the client heal.

Products liability

Certain products and machine components simply present too great of a risk of injury for ways the manufacturer knew they would be used.  The perfunctory warnings on some products are not sufficient or effective.  Duffy & Young has challenged the safety of certain medical devices and of chemicals marketed for household use.  Other products may be designed well enough but are not produced consistently to that uniform standard.  For example, tire defects are far more common than they should be and these tire defects lead to debilitating injuries.  Although we as consumers would like to think otherwise, there is a reason the Consumer Products Safety Commission exists and demands recalls of many products.  All too often many people are seriously injured before the Commission or the manufacturer or distributor does anything to prevent even more injuries.

Wrongful death claims

No lawsuit can bring back a loved one or fill the tremendous void left by that person’s passing.  Achieving justice in a court of law, however, can help create a powerful legacy for that loved one and help provide for his or her family in the coming years.  Unfortunately, wrongful death claims result from a number of wrongful acts.  Duffy & Young has handled wrongful death claims arising in a variety of contexts, and treats each client and family with the same compassion and dedication to cause.  

Attorneys who can help

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Brian C. Duffy

Brian C. Duffy is a trial lawyer with experience in civil cases of all shapes and sizes—from cases in the United States Supreme Court and with judgments and settlements of tens of millions of dollars to a variety of smaller disputes in South Carolina's trial courts and administrative law courts.

Degrees

  • JD, Vanderbilt Law School
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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J. Rutledge Young, III

Rutledge is a Charleston native and has been a trial lawyer for close to 20 years.  Rutledge has represented injured people, defrauded investors, employees, borrowers, landowners, businessmen, and closely held companies.   During his career Rutledge has tried cases against banks, insurance companies, publicly traded corporations, and national product manufacturers among others.  Everyone is equal in the eyes of the law, and anyone can be held accountable through a jury trial. 

Degrees

  • JD, University of South Carolina 
  • BA, University of Virginia

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J. Rutledge Young, Jr.

For more than 45 years, J. Rutledge Young, Jr. has practiced law on Broad Street in his hometown of Charleston.  He focuses his practice on complex business issues and serious issues affecting individuals and their families. He has tried over 200 cases to jury verdict and been involved in over 50 appeals.

Degrees

  • JD, University of Virginia
  • BA, University of Virginia

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Julie Moore

Julie Moore is a trial attorney who has represented clients in municipal, state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

Degrees

  • JD, University of South Carolina
  • BA, University of South Carolina

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