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David J. Carney


Pennsylvania Toxic Tort and Medical Malpractice Lawyer

David J. Carney joined Anapol Weiss in 2010 as an associate in the firm’s Toxic Tort and Medical Malpractice Departments. In that time, he has zealously and successfully advocated for the rights of injured victims in a variety of complex matters, including products liability, medical malpractice, benzene exposure, toxic torts, asbestos exposure, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, dram shop, vaccine injury compensation, mass torts and class actions.

Named a Rising Star in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

David was selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 New Jersey and Pennsylvania editions of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, a distinction given to only 2.5% of lawyers who are either under 40 years old or in practice for less than 10 years.

David was also named as a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 in Pennsylvania. This professional organization is composed of the top trial lawyers under the age of 40 who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership and trial results in their specific state or region.

Representing Vaccine Injury Victims

David also spends a significant amount of his time representing victims that have suffered adverse events from the administration of a vaccine in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

David routinely handles vaccine cases involving the Gardasil, Influenza, Varicella, DTaP, Hepatitis A and B, and MMR vaccines that have been linked to a variety of autoimmune diseases such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), lupus, brachial neuritis, shoulder injuries, transverse myelitis, encephalopathy, orthopedic shoulder injuries and others.  Through his efforts in the Vaccine Courts, David has successfully obtained many multi-million dollar and six-figure settlements for his clients.

“I wanted to thank you for all you do.  I knew I hired someone that is trustworthy and had follow through. I always look back on the day we first talked.  It was on Christmas Eve.  I was struggling to breathe that day and felt terrible about coughing in your ear.  You always assured me everything was going to be OK and had the most compassion.

I will never forget you.  I deeply thank you for everything.”

– Natalee, current vaccine client

Outstanding Legal Background

During his time at Anapol Weiss, David has played an integral role in obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients that have been injured as a result of a physician’s medical negligence.  . Along with Lawrence R. Cohan, Esquire, David has helped obtain a $1.9 million verdict in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania for the estate of a pregnant mother, whose pneumonia was misdiagnosed upon her presentation to the emergency room, resulting in her death, leaving behind two young children. He also played a critical role in obtaining a $1.1 million verdict in Cumberland County, New Jersey for the estate of a father, who presented to the emergency room with symptoms of a pulmonary embolism that was misdiagnosed and consequently led to his death.

In addition to his medical malpractice work, David helped obtain a $7.2 million verdict on behalf of a widow, whose deceased husband contracted mesothelioma as a result of his working with asbestos-containing products at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  He has also secured several multi-million dollar settlements for those injured by vaccines, including a $9 million settlement for a four year old boy who was diagnosed with encephalitis that was caused by the Varicella vaccination, a $11.6 million settlement for a nurse who contracted Guillain-Barré Syndrome as a result of an influenza vaccination, a $1.5 million settlement for a woman who contracted Guillain-Barré Syndrome as a result of an influenza vaccination, and a $3.5 million settlement for a man who was inflicted with Guillain-Barré Syndrome that was caused by an influenza vaccination.

David is an active member in the Vaccine Injury Petitioner’s Bar Association that advocates for the rights of victims who have been injured as a result of a vaccination. In addition, David is intimately involved with the Young Lawyers Division of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., the court where all of the vaccine cases are adjudicated. Outside of vaccine litigation, David is an active member of the American Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Finally, he is also an author of The Legal Intelligencer’s Pennsylvania Causes of Action, First, Second, Third and Fourth Editions, which serve as a quick starting point for any case containing Pennsylvania civil actions. The books compile outlines and index theories of recovery under Pennsylvania law and provide defenses and applicable statutes of limitation with tables of authorities.

David earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University while also obtaining a minor in Business Law.  David then went on to earn his law degree from Widener University School of Law, now the Delaware Law School, where he was a recipient of the Widener Scholar scholarship. While in law school, David was a member of The Widener Law Review for two years and served on the editorial board during his third year. He currently serves as a mentor in the Widener Law Mentoring Program, which mentors current law students regarding law school and the role of lawyers and judges in the profession.

Prior to joining Anapol Weiss, David served as a judicial law clerk intern to the Honorable Allan L. Tereshko in the First Judicial District in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, Civil Trial Division.

David is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.