Wellman, NIchols & Smith

Wellman, NIchols & Smith

Serving the litigation needs of medical providers, insurers and other professionals

Firm Overview

Kentucky and Tennessee Medical Malpractice Defense Law Firm Serving the litigation needs of medical providers, insurers and other professionals With more than 75 years of combined experience, Wellman, Nichols & Smith, PLLC is dedicated to the representation and defense of healthcare entities, facilities and providers. While our office is located in Lexington, Kentucky, our attorneys serve clients throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. We are experienced and solution-oriented, and our firm strives to develop long-term relationships with clients by providing personalized service and obtaining quality results. We recognize each client has unique needs and each case may require a fresh perspective. However, our clients invariably appreciate our focus on providing: Prompt reporting and frequent communication Efficient representation Positive results Our primary objective is to satisfy our clients by providing effective representation at a fair and reasonable cost. As accomplished litigation defense attorneys, we strive to resolve cases early whenever possible and keep both our clients and their insurers fully informed of the progress in their cases. Our law firm offers legal representation in the following areas: Medical malpractice defense Legal malpractice and professional liability defense Medical license defense CON/Medicaid provider appeals Appeals Complex and multidistrict litigation Personal injury Premises liability Wrongful death Automobile accidents Aviation accidents Contracts Contact an experienced attorney today To discuss your legal matter, please call us at 859.368.8116 or use our contact us page to send us a message.

Main Office

Main Office
444 Lewis Hargett Circle, #170

Lexington KY 40503




Medical Malpractice

Kentucky Medical Malpractice Defense Attorneys

Malpractice defense for healthcare professionals and facilities At Wellman, Nichols & Smith, PLLC , we provide medical malpractice defense to medical professionals, hospitals and insurance companies throughout Kentucky and parts of Tennessee. Our firm has built its reputation on principles of honesty, integrity and communication. With more than 75 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Nichols, Smith & Wellman, PLLC defend medical professionals in all types of medical malpractice in Kentucky and Tennessee, including: Medical malpractice Hospital liability Dental malpractice Nursing negligence Nursing home liability Medical malpractice Each day, physicians carry out their jobs with the knowledge that the procedures they perform may not achieve intended results. When results do not match expectations, victims and their families often look for someone to blame. We understand the impact that a claim of malpractice can have on the individual involved and we are there to help the physician as well as defend against the lawsuit. Our attorneys have a proven track record of success defending these cases and have earned a reputation as tenacious advocates among other counsel and judges across the Commonwealth. We routinely work with quality experts to review the cases and fully prepare our clients for deposition and trial. We are proud that medical malpractice defense is the primary focus of our law firm. Hospital liability Hospital defense requires an understanding of theories of liability that sometimes differ from the theories of medical malpractice. Knowledge of the current issues and theories of defense is imperative to obtain a favorable result for the hospital and its insurer. Our attorneys have decades of experience successfully defending hospitals in cases involving professional negligence, premises liability, credentialing, EMTALA and vicarious liability. Dental malpractice Dentists and oral surgeons are coming under increased scrutiny as dental procedures become more complex and invasive. Dental implants, root canals, crowns, cosmetic dental procedures and even routine cavity filling can become the basis for dental malpractice claims. Dentists and oral surgeons have many of the same issues and concerns as physicians, but it is important to have an attorney familiar with the terminology, the procedures and the unique challenges presented by dental malpractice as well. The attorneys in our firm have successfully defended dentists and oral surgeons for many years, and we are the exclusive choice statewide for some dental and oral surgery insurers. At Wellman, Nichols & Smith, PLLC , our legal team works hard to effectively defend dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists, orthodontists and other dental professionals against frivolous malpractice claims. Nursing negligence Nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists have increasingly found themselves the target of malpractice claims. Most are going through the process for the first time. Our attorneys understand the needs of these practitioners and we have successfully provided representation to nurses of all kinds in various settings for many years. Nursing home liability Allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect are serious and should be treated accordingly. Signs and symptoms can be misinterpreted by family members and lead them to wrongly believe their loved one has been abused or neglected. As a result, nursing homes, the individuals who own or operate them and even the employees of a nursing home may find themselves facing groundless claims of nursing home malpractice. With so much at risk, it is imperative to have representation by attorneys who have an understanding of the statutes, regulations and theories of liability that are unique to the operation and defense of nursing homes. Our attorneys have the knowledge and understanding to defend these challenging cases. Contact an experienced attorney today To discuss your legal matter, please call us at 859.368.8116 or use our contact us page to send us a message.

Dean Wellman

Wellman, NIchols & Smith

Dean T. Wellman attended the University of Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1980. He began his practice with the law firm of Martin, Ockerman & Brabant and in 1995, he and two partners formed the firm of Piper, Wellman & Bowers. There, Dean handled personal injury and complex civil litigation, concentrating his practice on the defense of hospitals, nurses and physicians in malpractice cases in central and eastern Kentucky. In 2008, he teamed up with Mark Nichols, later joined by Ken Smith, to establish the firm of Wellman, Nichols & Smith, PLLC .

Dean holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in Woodward and White's Best Lawyers in America. He was a co-author of the chapter on Hospital Liability in the second, third and fourth editions of Kentucky Health Law, published by the U.K. Office of Continuing Legal Education, and has been a speaker for a number of seminars related to the topic of nursing and hospital liability. Dean is a current member and former president of the Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys. He is also an experienced mediator and is certified by the Mediation Center of Kentucky.