Robert A. Young
For most of his career, Bob Young has practiced extensively in the area of medical malpractice. Having a strong interest in medicine, it seemed a natural fit for Bob since he first began practicing law 20 years ago. “What I really enjoy about my work is the research it takes to discover how a medical procedure, drug or device is supposed to work, and then finding out why it did not work,” Bob says. “It requires analytic abilities and knowledge of how health care institutions work. The experience I have and the extensive contacts I’ve developed are essential to building a good case.”
Among the benefits is a growing database of top-notch national medical experts, often who are uniquely qualified to consult with the firm and sometimes provide expert testimony in a case. “The key to developing a good medical malpractice case is finding the person who has the best expertise in the area you’re dealing with,” Bob says. “Each person often has experience in a very specific area of medicine, and the more narrow and deep their knowledge in that field, the better their testimony and help in a case.”
Bob also has handled some personal injury cases, including representing individuals who have been injured due to negligence or malpractice, and has also litigated complicated class-action lawsuits against major national corporations, including a case against pharmaceutical giant Merck for damages due to its drug Vioxx, which it removed from the market. In that case, Bob represented 19 clients for more than five years, just seeing the first payments in the case in 2009. “One of our strengths is that we have a very capable and stable staff, and we have the ability to follow things through consistently for years if necessary,” Bob says of ELPO. “In this case, there were many plaintiffs from our area and we were up against a large corporation in a distant area, which made the work all the more difficult.”
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