Ryan T. Wood, Counsel

 Direct Dial: 502-855-3810

 Practice Area

Medical Malpractice Defense: Physician and Facility Defense (100%)

Professional Recognition

AV-Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethical standards. (Awarded in 5th year of practice.) 

 Publications 

Author, Amicus CuriaeBrief submitted to Kentucky Court of Appeals on behalf of Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc., regarding whether KRS 411.135 permits minors to recovery for damages suffered from the loss of a parent beyond the age of majority, Mitchell v. Baptist Physicians Lexington, Inc., et. al., 2016-CA-000896.

Co-Author, “The Real Victims of “Bad Faith” Claims?”” Common Defense, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Spring/Summer 2016 ed., pg. 8-13.

Author, “Can Defense Counsel Use the Affordable Care Act to Mitigate Damages in Kentucky” Common Defense, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Fall/Winter 2014 ed., pg. 16.

Author, “Solar Powered Impeachment of Physician-Clients and Experts: Potential Effects of the Sunshine Act on Malpractice Litigation” Defense Research Institute, For the Defense Magazine, Medical Liability and Health Care Law ed., August 2014, pg. 36. 

Author, “New Light on Physician-Industry Financial Transfers: Understanding the Sunshine Act” Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association, March 2014, Vol. 111, No. 3, pg. 57.

Author, “Aspects of Electronic Discovery in Health Care Litigation” Defense Research Institute, For the Defense Magazine, Young Lawyers Edition, February 2014, pg. 44.  

Author, “The Constitutionality of Imputing Punitive Damages Under KRS 411.184(3),” Louisville Bar Association: Bar Briefs, June ed., pg. 15, June 2013.            

Author, “Disability Income Unable to ‘Earn’ Recovery Under Kentucky’s Wrongful Death Statute,”Louisville Bar Association: Bar Briefs, January ed., January 2013.       

Recent Results

  • Trial Co-Counsel for urologist facing medical malpractice suit stemming from a contralateral ureter injury in a nephroureterectomy. Patient and her experts alleged the injury could only be the result of serial focal injuries from adjusting the Bookwalter retractor during the operation. Unanimous defense verdict. 

  • Secured dismissals as a matter of law for seven individually named health care providers in face of allegations regarding failure to appropriately repair 4th degree laceration following childbirth. Defended hospital, nurses, and OB/GYNs.

  • Successfully obtained favorable Medical Review Panel opinions against the following claims:

o   Alleged improper dilation in setting of narrow angle glaucoma. Defended ophthalmologist.

o   Alleged improper administration of sodium bicarbonate. Defended pulmonologist.

o   Alleged failure to diagnose hip dysplasia. Defended family practice physician. 

o   Alleged failure to appropriately manage post-operative knee wound. Defended family practice physician.

o   Alleged failure to manage post-operative pancreatitis. Defended gastroenterologist.

o   Delay is diagnosis of acute peritonitis in post-gynecologic surgical patient. Defended critical care physician.

o   Retained foreign object following gynecologic operations. Defended OB/GYN.

o   Failure to recognize drug allergy. Defended Anesthesiologist.

o   Alleged mismanagement of geriatric patient’s antibiotic regimen. Defended geriatrician. 

o   Failure to diagnose hip fracture. Defended radiologist.

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky 2012

  • Indiana 2013

  • Southern District of Indiana

  • Eastern and Western District of Kentucky

Education

  • JD, University of Louisville School of Law, 2012

  • Member, University of Louisville Law Review

    • Top Grade: Drafting 

    • Academic Fellow

  •  Bachelor of Arts, Transylvania University, 2009

    • Cum Laude,Political Science

    • Columnist, The Rambler

    • Henry Clay Scholar