About Susan Dennehy

In 1996, she began her own firm, the Dennehy Law Firm. The firm is devoted exclusively to representing patients and their families in medical safety cases. Her diverse legal experience for both sides gives her a unique perspective on the practice of medicine and the rules that regulate doctors and hospitals. 
Susan has lectured nationally on courtroom strategies and has taught trial skills to law students at Cardozo School of Law’s annual trial program. She is a member of the award winning TRIAL magazine publication committee and is a reviewer and author.
Susan Dennehy has achieved the “AV® Peer Review Rating,” the highest distinction awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®. The “AV peer review rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence…and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.” She is also listed in the 2011 Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers and is recognized as one of New York’s Women Leaders in the Law®, 2013 and 2014.

    Hospitals are obligated to provide the correct medicine to the right patient, in the proper dose, for the right reason. Nonetheless, medication errors in hospitals are ubiquitous—a patient will likely endure, on average, at least one medication error every day. At least 1.5 million medication errors occur every year in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and […]Continue reading

    The standard model for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease often doesn’t fit women. Here are some common medical missteps to look for in a malpractice case. What is a woman’s medical malprac- tice case? Most people think of a failure to diagnose breast cancer, delayed cesarean section, or the unnecessary removal of a woman’s uterus. But […]Continue reading

    Checkout our new welcome video. Susan Dennehy represents patients and their families who have suffered serious harm as a result of medical negligence by a doctor or healthcare institution. She began her own firm in 1996, and for the past nineteen years has successfully handled cases involving failure to diagnose serious medical conditions, wrongful death, […]Continue reading

    A few years ago, I tried a medical malpractice case in a courthouse where I did not know many of the judges. The case involved a delay in diagnosing a spinal abscess, which doomed the patient, my client, to lifelong paraplegia and unrelenting pain. Because she died before the trial, she could not testify about […]Continue reading

    People who go to the hospital for treatment expect to get better, but a growing number of patients end up dying instead— from infections they acquire in the hospital. Hospitals have long claimed that infections are an ‘accepted risk’ of care, but new studies show that many infections are easily prevented. A Call to Action […]Continue reading

    Birth Injuries and Medical Malpractice Prudent, well-trained clinicians know that obstetrical injuries can arise during pregnancy, labor, delivery and newborn care, even in patients who are considered low-risk. For that reason, obstetrical care providers must be knowledgeable, well trained, and have access to emergency or “stat” intervention when fetal or maternal complications develop. When a […]Continue reading

    Diagnostic Errors in Medical Malpractice Learning that you have a severe or life-threatening illness changes your world. Perhaps the only thing worse is discovering that your diagnosis should have been made sooner or that you were treated for the wrong condition–and now it is too late to take effective action. Diagnostic errors can be defined […]Continue reading