I’m Kay Van Wey, a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer and Patient Safety Advocate. My clients are everyday people who have been seriously injured by a healthcare provider, medical device, or prescription drug or involved in a life altering accident.
I am passionate about helping my clients. My team and I take a personalized, hands-on approach to helping our clients navigate the legal system and ultimately achieve the justice and compensation they deserve. I understand just how confusing the legal landscape is and how when you are injured or grieving it is difficult to understand the complexities and navigate through the legal maze.
In experiencing my own personal family tragedy in my late 30’s, I understand first-hand what it feels like to be a victim and go through the difficult process of healing and the road to justice. This is one of the primary reasons that I do this work.
My patient safety advocacy comes from my passion to ensure that bad medical practices, doctors, and procedures that lead to unfortunate outcomes that could be avoided are removed or lessened so that no one else suffers.
You may know me as one of the lawyers that prosecuted multiple civil cases against “Dr. Death.” I had the privilege of representing many of his victims. As I have always said and believed, most doctors are good doctors — and good people. But the system for how we identify, report, and stop bad doctors is failing patients. The tragedy of the Christopher Duntsch story is that so many patients were harmed before he could be stopped. This is just incomprehensible and unacceptable.
In my 30 years of practicing law I have had the honor to receive numerous accolades bestowed by my peers or based on the results I have accomplished:
- Texas Super Lawyer (2003 to 2018) – 15+ consecutive years, peer selection
- Avvo, 10 rated, peer selection
- Million Dollar Advocate Forum – based on results achieved for past clients
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum – based on results achieved for past clients
- D- Best Lawyer – peer selection, multiple years
- Dallas Bar Association “Trial Legend”- peer selection
My track record is based on hard work, diligence, and pursuing each case that I take to help my clients achieve the justice that they are seeking.
I am licensed to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma, and Illinois and collaborate with lawyers in other states to assist them with particular types of cases.
I am also honored to serve as Adjunct Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law, where I teach the course on Law and Medicine.
I would welcome the opportunity to work on a case involving you or a family member.
What Kay’s Partners Say About Her
Kay is a fighter motivated by injustice. She has always been on the side of the victim. As she is fond of saying, she “represents good people to whom bad things have happened.” Kay identifies with her clients: she, too, is a good person who had something very bad happen to her. Kay suffered the tragic death of her mother early in her career and was drawn into a lengthy court battle as a result. Because of her own experience with personal tragedy and the legal system, she is particularly driven to ensure that the rights of her clients are defended and, as important, that her clients are treated with dignity.
In addition to helping individuals who have been horribly injured or killed by someone’s negligence, Kay advocates to improve patient safety. Having seen so many preventable and tragic situations over the many years of her practice, Kay is working to bring awareness to the epidemic of preventable medical errors and to force changes to be made to make healthcare safer for everyone.