Ashley Hadler is a personal injury attorney and focuses her practice helping victims of nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, sexual abuse, and wrongful death. Ashley recently returned to practice law in Indianapolis after representing victims of nursing home negligence and other personal injury matters in Illinois and northern Indiana for a number of years.
Ashley has an extensive background in science including biology, chemistry, and physics. She was a member of the Health Law Society and earned a Certificate in Health Law which allowed her to concentrate on topics including medical malpractice, insurance law, and elder law. This knowledge provides her a deeper understanding of many of the issues faced by people who are injured in nursing homes or at the hands of a healthcare professional.
Ashley is a part of Cohen & Malad, LLP’s sexual abuse and assault litigation team. She represents victims of sexual abuse ranging in age from children to the elderly. One of her current cases involves a nursing home resident who was repeatedly sexually abused by a facility employee who gained unrestricted access to the woman’s room. The firm also represents victims in sexual abuse and assault cases committed in churches, residential care facilities, daycares, schools, and in organized sports.
Ashley spent her years of practice in Chicago fighting nursing home and hospital corporations for the abuse and neglect her clients suffered at the hands of their employees and their deficient practices. She has received accolades from colleagues and opponents alike commending her advocacy and results for nursing home clients and their families as “beyond her years” in experience. Her track record working up cases, taking depositions, and negotiating favorable resolutions has proven invaluable. Her proficiency in analyzing personal injury cases, anticipating defense arguments and tactics, and knowing how to aggressively move cases ensures that the stakeholders on the other side are paying attention.
Ashley has been recognized as an Illinois and Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star each year since 2015 and was also recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyers Emerging Lawyer. She is an active member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. She is a volunteer guardian for the Indianapolis Center for At Risk Elders (CARE) and an active member of the National Crime Victims Bar Association.
- Personal Injury
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Sexual Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
Education & Awards
J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2011
- Concentration in Health Law
B.A., DePauw University, 2006
Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2018
Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters 2015-2017
Illinois Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, 2017
PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member; Women’s Caucus Member
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Center for At Risk Elders, Volunteer Guardian
National Crime Victims Bar Association
JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- Indiana, 2011
- Illinois, 2013
Articles & Cases
ARTICLES & PRESENTATIONS
- “Trial of the Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Case: Procedure, Presentation, Evidence and Witnesses”, National Business Institute, December 2018
- “PROFITS OVER PEOPLE: Spotting Issues of Systemic Abuse in Long-Term Care Cases”, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, May 2018
- “Working with Physically & Emotionally Traumatized Clients in Your Legal Practice”, Indianapolis Bar Association panel speaker, October 2018
- “College and Church Sexual Assault Litigation”, Mass Torts Made Perfect panel speaker, October 2018
- “Special Needs Trusts—2016 Edition”, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, June 2016
- “Protecting the Rights of Elderly Clients through Nursing Home Litigation”, NACLE, April 2016
- “Mechanics of a Nursing Home Fall Case”, Levin & Perconti in-house presentation, March 2016
- “Proving Your Case through Written Discovery”, NACLE, January 2016
- $3.5 million settlement on behalf of her client who was voluntarily admitted to a Chicago psychiatric hospital due to suicidal ideations and allowed access to hazardous cleaning chemicals which he ingested causing catastrophic and severe esophageal injuries.
- $950,000 settlement on behalf of a Chicago nursing home resident who suffered a fall and femur fracture resulting in immobility, malnutrition, dehydration and the development and deterioration of pressure sores.
- $835,000 settlement for a nursing home resident who suffered a severe sacral pressure sore and the development of contractures due to the negligence of two separate nursing facilities.
- $750,000 settlement for the family of a seventy (70) year old woman who was killed as a passenger in a head on collision.
- $725,000 settlement on behalf of a nursing home resident who suffered a preventable fall resulting in a hip fracture and the development and deterioration of a sacral pressure sore.
- $550,000 settlement on behalf of an incarcerated individual who suffered from the physician’s failure to diagnose his prostate cancer for a period of fourteen (14) months despite critical PSA laboratory values.
- $500,000 settlement for a child victim attacked by a police dog. The child suffered kidney lacerations and extensive facial damage requiring surgical repair and result in permanent scars.
- $460,000 settlement for the adult child of a nursing home rape victim. The resident was sexually assaulted by another nursing home resident due to the facility’s failure to properly supervise and monitor the perpetrator.
- $450,000 settlement on behalf of the family of a nursing home drowning victim. Ashley’s client was allowed to be unattended in a whirlpool bathtub in the Defendant’s facility where he was later found unresponsive.
Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. Case results vary dramatically depending on specific facts and circumstances.