David M. Shearer

Advocate for Patients and the Wrongfully Injured

About David M. Shearer

Applying extensive experience in personal injury and medical malpractice law, David M. Shearer has secured settlements of up to $64 million on behalf of a diverse clientele. He has represented numerous patients who suffered the ill effects of misdiagnosed or undiagnosed cancers, as well as the families of many children injured during or shortly after birth. Among these, David M. Shearer includes newborn twins in Bronx County, New York, who will receive nearly $4.3 million in care over the course of their lives. Additionally, attorney Shearer has garnered settlements in the millions for the survivors of cardiac patients who died as a result of improper treatment, as well as patients harmed by poorly performed surgeries.

David M. Shearer most recently served as founding partner of the New York City firm of Shearer & Essner, LLP, where he practiced as a trial attorney for nearly 18 years. He came to the partnership following a successful tenure as a trial attorney with the firm of Sullivan & Liapakis and, earlier, a similar position with Bower & Gardner. He prepared for his career by studying law at Boston University, where he received his juris doctor in 1987.

Malpractice Settlements for Injured Children

New York attorney David M. Shearer has successfully negotiated large settlements for children who have been gravely injured as a result of poor obstetric care during the birthing process. Among these cases, David M. Shearer won a $40 million settlement for a child whose brain was damaged due to improper treatment at his birth.

Patients often sue their gynecologist/obstetrician. In a 2012 survey conducted by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), nearly 77% of OB/GYNs said they had been the object of a medical malpractice claim at least once during their careers. The average number of suits per doctor hovered at 2.64 claims.

Usual reasons for obstetric malpractice suits include neurological damage to an infant, such as the introduction of cerebral palsy; death of an infant or the incidence of a stillborn; and incorrect diagnosis or failure to diagnose a condition in an adequate amount of time.

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