Rebecca L. Thomas, Esq., of Quincy, Massachusetts and her partner, Kathryn Wickenheiser, obtained a $1 million settlement in a medical malpractice case involving an over three (3) year delay in the diagnosis and treatment of vulvar cancer of the Bartholin gland in a now 48 year old woman. At the time of diagnosis, she was 43 years old and Stage IIIC. Due to the gynecologist and nurse practitioner’s negligence, she required a more extensive and invasive surgery and preventable chemotherapy and radiation, underwent early menopause, suffers permanent scarring and sexual dysfunction, and has an increased risk of recurrence.
After finishing her clerkship, Attorney Thomas shifted to litigation as an insurance defense attorney for eight years, giving her invaluable experience in wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, professional liability, and motor vehicle liability. She also built an expertise in valuing cases for settlement and/or verdict potential. By working closely with the insurance adjusters, Attorney Thomas gained insight into how insurance companies value claims, set reserves, and enter settlement negotiations. During this time, Attorney Thomas also worked directly with corporate clients, specifically mental health/mental retardation facilities and day care centers, to investigate serious incidents and accidents. She also devised or revised corporate internal policies and procedures for proper employee training and reporting of serious incidents to minimize liability exposure.
Attorney Thomas later decided to represent individuals in personal injury, employment, workers’ compensation, and unemployment cases. During this time she really became an expert negotiator and litigator, eventually focusing her practice on representing injured parties in medical malpractice actions.
Given her background handling cases for both sides of complex legal issues, Attorney Thomas has a unique perspective understanding the inner workings of the court system and insurance companies. She has negotiated numerous successful settlements for her clients and has been involved in multiple million dollar plus settlements.
Attorney Thomas is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She received her BA from Ursinus College in 1999 and her JD from Temple University, School of Law in 2002.