The law firm of Gazak Brown, P.S.C., in Louisville, Kentucky, is focused on defending health care professionals, as well as their liability insurers, facing malpractice claims. Formerly known as Darby & Gazak, P.S.C., our team of attorneys takes pride in the services we offer to health care professionals and insurance companies that have been accused of negligence.
Our firm has decades of combined experience and advanced degrees relating to our particular practice areas, including nursing and toxicology. Our backgrounds and experience make for a thorough understanding of the workings of hospitals, drug interactions, medicines and physician offices.
We assist with many matters related to malpractice claims, exploring all avenues of defense. We have practical, hands-on experience helping professionals in litigation concerning medical malpractice, pharmaceutical malpractice, birth injuries, obstetrics and maternal fetal medicine. We also represent clients facing credentialing issues with the Medical Licensure Board, Nursing Boards and Hospitals.
Our team of attorneys has helped many professionals who have faced financial consequences as well as the loss of their licenses due to malpractice claims.
We realize physicians have much at stake in the face of malpractice claims, including the following, and we know how to approach such cases at trial. As seasoned litigators focused almost exclusively on insurance defense issues, we prepare each case as though it will go to trial.
Loss or suspension of medical license
Reporting to the National Practice Data Bank
Loss of insurance
Difficulty becoming reinsured
Board of Medical Licensure sanctions
Revocation of hospital privileges
Loss of personal assets
Loss of network provider privileges
Covering the entire state of Kentucky, our lawyers practice in both the state and federal court systems, and we handle appellate work as well. Gazak Brown attorneys have also been called upon to represent attorneys in other states, such as South Dakota, Tennessee, and federal courts in Louisiana and California, and we are available to obtain limited admission into most states to assist with any matter. Three of our attorneys are licensed in Indiana.
Gazak Brown, P.S.C., in Louisville, Kentucky, is a specialized medical malpractice defense firm handling national and regional claims against physicians and their corporations, with particular focus on physician malpractice litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, medical and nursing licensure and credentialing issues. We also have subspecialized skills in all aspects of the appellate court system, as well as all aspects of bad faith litigation defense.
With decades of combined experience and advanced degrees related to our practice areas, our attorneys and staff understand the critical nature of medical litigation. We have a long history of helping medical professionals and insurance companies with these types of claims.
Formerly Darby & Gazak, P.S.C., Gazak Brown celebrates the brilliant and storied career of Donald W. Darby, founding father of the original Darby & Gazak, P.S.C. Mr. Darby retired in 2015 and looks back upon a reputation of one of the greatest medical malpractice defense lawyers in the state of Kentucky. With that legacy, Gazak Brown, P.S.C., is committed to the same dogged and learned medical defenses and litigation skills of its predecessor.
We bring unique backgrounds to build our medical defenses and will use this knowledge to help you fight back. We have handled many of these cases at trial, standing up for our clients' concerns. We have represented many insurance companies, medical facilities and health care professionals in medical negligence cases.
David B. Gazak Ph.D.
Senior partner of Gazak Brown, P.S.C., Mr. Gazak has personally devoted 100% of his legal career to the defense representation of physicians sued in medical malpractice lawsuits. Crossover components to his experience involve physician prescribers of medications deemed to be defective by manufacturing pharmaceutical companies. He has extensive experience in medical malpractice litigation throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He has also participated via pro hac vice status as a defense attorney in states outside of Kentucky, including Tennessee, Indiana, and South Dakota.
EXEMPLARY DEFENSE VERDICTS AT TRIAL:
Nerve injury from pedicle screw misplacement
Nerve damage from PLIF pedicle fusion surgery
Intraoperative death during elective colorectal surgery
Maternal postpartum death from ruptured appendiceal abscess
Brachial plexus nerve injury following shoulder dystocia
Cardiac injury following Niaspan overdose
Stevens-Johnson syndrome following accidental Lamictal overdose
Death following delayed diagnosis of Pancoast tumor
Vision loss following delay in treatment of diagnosed temporal arteritis
Death following delayed diagnosis of viral myocarditis
Delayed diagnosis of appendicitis
Death following delayed diagnosis of aortic dissection
Death following delayed diagnosis of pulmonary embolism
Post-operative death following uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
Injury following delayed diagnosis of colon cancer
Injury following laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication
Nerve damage following epicondylectomy
Extensive experience in cases involving brain damaged babies and in utero fetal demise:
• OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine
• Fetal heart monitoring
• Placental pathology
• Pediatric neurology
• Pediatric neuroradiology
• Pediatric neurosurgery
Extensive experience in strong medical causation defenses utilizing specialties in:
• Infectious disease
• Pediatric neuroradiology
Extensive experience in cases involving:
• Cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery
• Mass tort litigation, bellwether trials
• Multidistrict litigation
• Litigation involving pharmaceutical corporations as co-Defendant
• Death from Fentanyl transdermal patch
• Suicide from Cymbalta
• Cancer from the immunomodulation Protopic
• Stroke from postpartum lactation suppressant, Parlodel
Extensive experience in complex medical and scientific diagnoses involving all medical specialties:
• Hypercoagulation disorders
• Inborn errors of metabolism
• Endocrinologic disorders
• Oncologic disorders
• Connective tissue disorders
• Neurologic disorders
Areas Of Practice
100% Medical Malpractice Defense
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1997
University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
J.D. cum laude - 1997
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
Ph.D. summa cum laude - 1993
Major: Pharmacology and Toxicology
United States Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky - 1991
Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky
B.A. magna cum laude - 1989
United States Army, ROTC, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky - 1989
St. Xavier High School, Louisville, Kentucky - 1985
Effects of Uracil and 2, 3-Dihydroxypyridine on Hepatic Uridine Elimination. The Pharmacologist, Vol. 35, No. 3 Abstract #251, 1993
Kinetics of Uridine Elimination by the Isolated Perfused Rat Liver, The Pharmacologist, Vol. 35, No. 3 Abstract # 252, 1993
Pharmacologic Modulation of Hepatic Pyrimidine Metabolism, Doctoral Dissertation, University of Louisville Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Louisville, Kentucky, December, 1993
Medical Protective Co.
Norton Healthcare Inc/Community Medical Associates
State Volunteer Mutual Ins. Co.
ProNational/ProAssurance Insurance Co.
Mag Mutual Insurance Co.
Catholic Health Initiatives
The Doctor's Company
Hudson Insurance Co.
Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting, Bellarmine University, 2003 - 2004
Risk Management Seminar Speaker, The Medical Protective Company, Proassurance Insurance Company
Honors And Awards
Martindale-Hubbell Rating: A/V - top rating obtainable - Present
BEST Lawyer in America, 2009
Super Lawyers of America: 2009 - Present
Amoco Oil Co. Toxicology Scholarship, 1990 - 1993
Distinguished Military Student, 1989
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Scholarship: ARMY ROTC, 1988 - 1989
Professional Associations And Memberships
Kentucky Bar Association, 1997 - Present
Louisville Bar Association, 2015 - Present
Past Employment Positions
Darby and Gazak, P.S.C., Founding Partner, 1998 - 2016
Jacobson, Maynard, Tuschman and Kalur, Independent Research Contractor, 1994 - 1997
223d Military Police Co., Kentucky Army National Guard, 1987 - 1989
Captain, U.S. Army Reserves, Commissioned Officer, Armor 100th Division USAR, Ft. Knox, Kentucky, 1989 - 1997