​​Matthew S. Conant, Esq.

Mediator

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY - MEDICAL/ENGINEERING/ACCOUNTING

Representative Cases

  • Successfully mediated wrongful death / medical negligence case filed by adult heirs of 79 year old woman who fell while a patient at defendant hospital, sustaining traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage.
    Plaintiffs asserted that the decedent required a “shadower” at arm’s length and that the assigned nursing assistant was negligent in leaving the bedside.  Defendant conceded fault, but alleged that the brain injury was not the cause of death; instead, defendant argued that death was the result of pre-existing post-stroke delirium.

  • Dispute involving Northern California engineering firm in connection with major landslide and subsidence claim affecting several multi-million dollar residences. Plaintiffs and project developer asserted that grading plans were inadequate and that the engineer failed to identify an ancient landslide and related inherent propensity for soil movement.

  • Dispute involving Northern California engineering firm in property damage action arising from failure of public works drainage improvement project. Plaintiff, an adjoining landowner, alleged that the design of drainage plan was faulty, triggering flooding and sedimentation of agricultural property.

  • Handled medical malpractice claim arising from allegedly negligent placement of catheter during spinal surgery, resulting in urethra injury. Plaintiff asserted permanent urinary discomfort, testicular pain, and reduced libido.

  • Handled medical malpractice claim arising from failed podiatric surgery resulting in non-union, and necessitating additional surgeries and fusion.

  • Handled medical malpractice claim alleging permanent nerve damage associated with negligent placement of intravenous needle.

  • Handled medical malpractice action alleging negligent release of psychiatric records to plaintiff/patient employer, resulting in demotion and eventual termination.

  • Dispute involving national ambulance company arising from emergency medical attention and transport of referee injured at high school football game. Plaintiff asserted that the paramedics did not utilize a gurney and required plaintiff to walk from football field to ambulance.

  • Wrongful death dispute involving national ambulance company alleging paramedic negligence in “5150” transport. Plaintiffs’ decedent was unrestrained during transport and jumped from ambulance at freeway speed.

  • Handled wrongful death dispute involving national ambulance company arising from emergency “Code 3” transport of nine year old patient with intracranial hemorrhage. Plaintiff parents alleged dispatch errors, failure to properly communicate diagnosis, and inadequacy of advanced life support equipment resulting in death.

  • Wrongful death case involving Northern California architectural firm arising from the design of a play structure. Plaintiffs were the parents of a 9 year old who was asphyxiated while playing on a rope swing and alleged that the play structure and swing were negligently designed.

  • Mediated claim for accountant malpractice arising from alleged failure of CPA to properly advise Wyoming-domiciled plaintiff that California state income taxes could be avoided by creating “C” corporation. Plaintiff asserted substantial damages including taxes, penalties, interest, and professional fees.

  • Mediated claim for medical negligence arising from fall from clinic exam table. Plaintiff, alleges that a nurse failed to assist her from the table following an examination, resulting in knee injury that required surgery.