M. v. Ravenswood Hospital, et al. (Co-Counsel)
(2000) Medical malpractice. A 54 year old woman suffered bleeding during
a bronchoscopy exam. A delay in intubation left her with insufficient
oxygen causing cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage, leaving her
with quadriplegia, loss of speech and severe contractions.
Jury Verdict: $55,439,269.59
Offer Before Trial: $13,500,000.00
D. v. Syntex (Co-Counsel)
(1985) Product liability. Two minor plaintiffs fed infant formula, Neo-Mull-Soy,
which was deficient in chloride, a required nutrient. They both suffered
brain injury resulting in learning disabilities.
Jury Verdict: $27,000,000.00
Reduced on Post-Trial
Motion by Trial Judge: $ 8,000,000.00
Offer Before Trial: $ 300,000.00
D. v. Nettleton Specialized Carriers, Inc. (Co-Counsel)
(2011) Trucking. The Plaintiff was stopped at the Edens spur ramp at the
beginning of a construction zone back-up of the Edens expressway. He was
rear-ended by a tractor trailer owned by the Defendants and operated by
an employee and/or agent of the Defendants who was traveling at least
65 mph. The driver testified he applied his brakes prior to the collision,
but did not have time to stop. He claimed he had just exited a curve.
The collision occurred after 3,000 feet of a straight roadway near the
tail-end of the Edens spur. Plaintiff sustained a C5-C6 tetraplegic injury.
D. v. UHS of Bethesda, Inc., et al. (Co-Counsel)
(1995) Medical malpractice. A 29-year-old employee of Mount Sinai Hospital-North,
was diagnosed as having migraine headaches and returned to work by a physician
who examined him at the hospital on two separate occasions. A week after
the last visit he had suffered a thrombosis which resulted in a stroke
and left sided hemiplegia from olycythemia rubra vera which went undiagnosed.
The jury found the defendants negligent for not performing a CBC on either
visit which would have led to the diagnosis and that the physician was
an agent of the hospital. This is the highest verdict in Illinois for 1995.
Jury Verdict: $11,962,390.00
Offer before trial: $ 1,000,000.00
Offer during trial: $ 1,600,000.00
C. v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., et al.
(1998) Trucking. A 71 year old African-American man was injured on July
25, 1995 when a semi-tractor trailer owned by Chicago &Northwestern
Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad Co. pulled from a stop sign at
a T-intersection in Northlake in front of a truck traveling eastbound
in which plaintiff was a passenger. He suffered a spinal cord injury which
left him with incomplete paralysis in his arms and legs.
Jury Verdict: $10,430,617.92
Offer before trial: $ 1,600,000.00
C., et al v. Transport Carriers, Inc., et al.
(2006) Trucking. The accident involved an International tractor which lost
control on the ramp exiting the Chicago Skyway leading to the Day Ryan
on July 1, 1999. The International tractor was being driven by Jesse Blackmon
of Transport Carriers, Inc. After Mr. Blackmon lost control on the ramp,
the Nissan Van being operated by plaintiff, attempted to avoid striking
the Blackmon tractor and was rear-ended by a truck operated by Robert
Lachowski of American Shipping and Packing. C. was traveling with his
wife and children, 9 years old, 3 years old, and 9 months old. C. died
as a result of his injuries.
Jury Verdict: $10,400,000.00
Offer before trial: $ 500,000.00
Offer during trial: $ 1,700,000.00
C. v. Advocate South Suburban Hospital
(2014) Medical malpractice. On September 4, 2007, Plaintiff presented to
Advocate South Suburban Hospital after experiencing several days of diarrhea.
He was admitted and taken to surgery on September 15th and during the
surgery, he was administered the vasopressor medication Levophed for a
drop in his blood pressure. Post-operatively, a consulting cardiologist
ordered that the Levophed be weaned off and he be given Neosynephrine
if his systolic blood pressure dropped below 100. Plaintiffs maintained
that from September 15 - 17, the ICU nursing staff failed to perform dynamic
response testing on the arterial line that was being used to evaluate
Plaintiff's blood pressure and as a result it was falsely reading
systolic blood pressures below 100 when his true blood pressures were
higher. As a result the nursing staff was administering maximum doses
of vasopressors when he needed little if any. The excessive vasopressors
caused vasoconstriction in his blood vessels and poor perfusion to his
extremities causing them to become ischemic from lack of blood flow. As
a result of the poor perfusion caused by the vasopressors, Plaintiff 's
left hand, and the toes on both of his feet became ischemic, necrotic,
gangrenous and needed to be amputated. The defense maintained that Plaintiff
was a very sick man who was in septic shock with 5 system multi-organ
failure and the poor perfusion was the result of a coagulopathy cascade
caused by the sepsis and the body's native shunting of blood to vital
organs for survival. The defense maintained that Plaintiff desperately
needed the vasopressors to survive his life threatening condition and
but for the high doses of vasopressors, he would have died.
Jury Verdict: $10,375,050.00
Offer during trial: $ 1,200,000.00
G. v. West Suburban Hospital, et al.
(2006) Medical malpractice/Birth Injury. T.G. was admitted to the hospital
and medical personnel attached a fetal monitor and started induction of
labor with Pitocin on October 22, 2001 because she was pre-eclamptic.
T.G. began dilating in the early hours of October 23, 2001 and had an
epidural administered. Tanisha was fully dilated at approximately 10 p.m.
on 10/23/01, began pushing, after hours of inadequate progress of labor
a C-section was done at 2:51 a.m. on October 24, 2001. During labor episodes
of hyper-stimulation of the uterus occurred and decelerations of fetal
heart tones. The fetal monitor also malfunctioned and failed to accurately
record contractions. During T.G.=s labor, her fetal heart rate monitoring
tracings revealed signs of and were consistent with fetal stress and/or
distress. Drs. Lopez, Smith, Tarpey and Macumber failed to recognize the
significance of changes in the fetal heart rate as evidenced on the fetal
monitor strips from October 23rd through October 24th 2001. D.G. was delivered by emergency caesarean section on October 24,
2001. Upon birth, D.G. was not breathing and depressed and shortly after
birth transferred to Children=s Memorial Hospital where she was diagnosed
with severe cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia and seizure disorder.
G. v. Skokie Valley Hospital (Co-Counsel)
(1990) Medical malpractice. After sustaining numerous injuries in a motorcycle
accident, including a C-2 "hangman's" fracture and bruising
of his spinal cord, student ended up paralyzed as a result of the failure
to adequately replace his blood lost in the accident and appropriately
Jury Verdict: $7,012,000.00
Offer Before Trial: $1,200,000.00
Offer During trial: $2,000,000.00
B. v. Unnamed hospital
(2005) Medical malpractice. An 8 1/2-year-old boy suffers cardio pulmonary
arrest in the operative suit during a tendon release procedures resulting
in braining damage. Prior to the procedure, the minor plaintiff was severely
P. v. WGN Broadcasting Company
(1999) Auto Accident. P. was a 50 year old passenger in a vehicle struck
by a WGN satellite antenna van which ran a red light. P. suffered chest
trauma and while undergoing an angiogram procedure, he suffered a stroke
and cardiac arrest. He was left with partial paralysis on the left side
of his body.
T. v. Swedish American Hospital, et al.
(2003) Medical Malpractice. The case involved injury to T. who was 18 months
old on December 21, 1993 when she underwent a cardiac muscle biopsy that
was performed by Dr. Bruce Hecht at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford,
Illinois. As a result of the biopsy, T. suffered cardiac arrest leading
to hypoxic-ischemic encelphalopathy. The settlement represents a record
high settlement in Winnebago County.
H. v. Sinclair Cartage, Inc., et al.
(2007) Automobile/Truck. H., a Protected Person who suffered a traumatic
brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The accident which
occurred on April 19, 2006 involved a tractor trailer, driven by Daniel
Jorgensen who was employed by Sinclair Cartage, who struck H.=s vehicle at 4th and Virginia Avenue in Gary, Indiana.
G. v. 69 West Washington Management Company, LLC, et al.
(2008) Premises. This matter arises out of the October 17, 2003 fire at
the Cook County Administration building, 69 West Washington. It is one
of the 22 lawsuits filed as a result the tragic incident. G. sustained
injuries of based on the distress she experienced as a result of being
trapped in a stairwell of the building and eventually passing out due
to smoke inhalation.
N.W. v. Advocate
(2015) Medical Malpractice. The Plaintiff’s Decedent presented to
the Defendant hospital in the early morning complaining of a sickle cell
crisis. Plaintiff alleged that due to a failure to properly and timely
monitor and treat Plaintiff’s Decedent over the next 36 hours, the
Decedent developed acute chest syndrome, which caused her death. Defendants
claimed that the Decedent’s acute chest syndrome developed rapidly
due to a fat embolism, and that intervention would not have prevented
V.W., Special Administrator of the Estate of N.W., Deceased v. Advocate South
Suburban Medical Center
(2015) Medical Malpractice – wrongful death. Plaintiff’s wife
began experiencing pain in her legs and believed she was having a sickle
cell crisis. In the early morning of March 7, 2010, Decedent was admitted
to Advocate for close monitoring and she was provided intravenous fluids,
analgesics, corticosteroids and oxygen therapy. Shortly after midnight
on March 8, 2010, she began experiencing tachycardia with periods of tachypnea,
later that day on March 8, 2010, Decedent was found unresponsive. A postmortem
examination revealed that she died as a result of sickle cell disease
with acute chest syndrome.
H. v. Galen Hospital, et al.
(2002) Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death. H. was 17 years old at the time
of her death, she left surviving one daughter who was 2 months old at
the time of her death. Dr. Rajasekhar, who was a general pediatrician,
was negligent and deviated from the standard of care in failing to treat
H. for Long Q.T. Syndrome. Dr. Rajasekhar first treated H. in March of
1989. She continued to treat her until the time of her death on December
15, 1990. Specifically, Dr. Rajasekhar failed to treat H. for the cardiac
condition, Long Q.T. Syndrome. Dr. Rajasekhar failed to prescribe and
maintain Lakisha on anti-arrhythmic medication; failed to hospitalize
H. for her cardiac condition; and failed to order timely and appropriate
diagnostic studies. It should be noted that Dr. Rajasekhar knew that H.=s
elder brother died on December 15, 1990 of a suspected cardiac condition.
Dr. Rajasekhar also treated H=s younger brother, who passed away on November
6, 1993 at the age of 10.
Case Name not disclosed per order of Court.
(1997) Premises liability. A 35 year old husband and father of one child,
died as a result of smoke inhalation in a fire at 6531 S. Lowe Avenue
in Chicago, Illinois. The fire started in an accumulation of trash in
the garbage chute room.
W. v. University of Chicago Hospital
(2010) Medical malpractice/wrongful death. W. was admitted to University
of Chicago Hospital with a history of shortness of breath and arterial
flutter/fibrillation. He was status post-mitral valve replacement on October
2, 2006 for endocarditis. W. was admitted to a medical floor and medications
were ordered to treat his cardiac arrhythmia, W. developed bradycardia
and hypotension as a result of the medications ordered to treat his cardiac
arrhythmia. As a result of the above treatment, W. arrested, was resuscitated,
but arrested again and was unable to be resuscitated and expired.
R. v. Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
(1991) Medical malpractice. R. suffered hypoxia during delivery which went
undetected due to physicians' failure to properly monitor her mother's
labor. R. suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of the hypoxia.
Henry Jones, as Special Administrator of the Estate of Georgette Watson,
deceased v. Joseph Feldman, M.D., et al.
(2008) Medical malpractice - Wrongful Death. Georgette Watson was scheduled
to undergo a root canal by Dr. Joseph Feldman and Dr. Lawrence Feldman.
She was given too much sedation and Dr. Joseph Feldman and Dr. Lawrence
Feldman failed to monitor her adequately. Ms. Watson suffered cardiac
arrest at the dental office, 911 was called and she was transported to
Illinois Masonic where she was pronounced dead.
Sandra Hardy, Independent Administrator of the Estate of Johnathon Hardy,
Deceased v. Galen Hospital, et al.
(2002) Medical malpractice - Wrongful Death. Johnathon Hardy was 9 years
old at the time of his death. Johnathon Hardy had a cardiac condition
known as Long Q.T. Syndrome. Johnathon Hardy, as well as his sister, Lakisha
Hardy, sought treatment from Dr. Rajasekhar at Humana Health Plan, Inc.
Dr. Rajasekhar was the general pediatrician. Dr. Rajasekhar treated Johnathon
from April 15, 1990 until the time of his death on November 6, 1993. Dr.
Rajasekhar was negligent and deviated from the standard of care in their
care and treatment of Johnathon Hardy. Specifically, plaintiffs allege
that defendant Dr. Rajasekhar failed to prescribe and maintain Johnathon
Hardy on anti-arrhythmic medications; failed to hospitalize him; and failed
to order timely and appropriate diagnostic studies.
LaDonna C.Foster, Adm. of the Estate of Yvette Foster, etc., et al. V.
East Lake Corporation, et al.
(2000) Premise liability. This case involves a 47-year-old- mother, Yvonne
Foster, who died as a result of injuries suffered at the East Lake Housing
Development at 3555 S. Cottage Grove in Chicago. Ms. Foster left surviving
her four children, Gregory, LaDonna, Alex Jr., who were adults, and Linda,
her 11-year-old minor. The complaint alleged that the fire alarm system
failed to operate throughout the building and that fire hoses in some
stairwells were inoperable
Irnell Mickey as Special Administrator of the Estate of Natasha Mickey, dec=d. and as Special Administrator of the Estate of Sasha Mickey, dec=d. v. Imre Hidvegi, M.D., et al
(2007) Medical Malpractice. This case involves an 8-month pregnant mother,
Natasha Mickey, who was being treated by Drs. Hidvegi and Faikpui at Lincoln
Medical Center for prenantal care. During the court of her pregnancy,
she develo9ped several urinary tract infections and pyelonephritis. Ultimately,
the infections worsened, Natasha went into cardiac arrest at home on the
morning of August 11, 2001 and was transported to Ingalls Memorial Hospital
where an emergency Cesarean section was performed post-mortem. the infant,
Sasha Mickey, was resuscitated following delivery and was transferred
to Northwestern memorial Hospital where she died on August 13, 1999. An
autopsy was done on Natasha and the conclusion was acute pyelonephritis
was the cause of her death.
Alma Smith, as Special Administrator of the Estate of Ronald Mahone, deceased
V. Carpentersville Quarry, et al.
(2006) Motor vehicle - Wrongful Death. Ronald Mahone (the decedent) single
with no dependents was employed as a postal worker and working at the
time of this occurrence, when he exited a store and was struck by an illegally
parked van when it was struck by a cement truck driven by defendant, Krista
Patterson, working for PF Materials/Action Concrete & Supply and Carpentersville Quarry.
Estates of Peggy Stallworth and Angela Stallworth V. Village of Worth
(2002) Motor vehicle - Wrongful Death. Peggy Taylor and Angela Stallworth
were killed when their automobile was struck by an automobile driven by
Earl G. Johnson. At the time of the collision, the automobile driven by
Earl G. Johnson was in the process of fleeing several marked and unmarked
police vehicles from the Villages of Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridges, and Worth.
The vehicle pursuit was initiated by Detective Martin Knolmayer in the
Village of Worth. While attempting to elude the police vehicles, the automobile
driven by Earl G. Johnson collided with the Decedents= automobile. The
case is significant because the eluding vehicle in a police pursuit struck
and caused the injuries
to plaintiff where summary judgment had always been granted and affirmed
on appeal when the accident was caused by the eluding vehicle and not
the police vehicle.
Darien Bass V. Cook County Hospital, et al.
(2000) Medical malpractice. Mr. Bass suffered a subdural hematoma after
falling from a gurney while a patient at Cook County Hospital.
Phoebe Joseph, Special Administrator of the Estate of Henry Joseph v. Voest-Alpine,
et al., Hammond, Indiana
(1996) Product liability - Wrongful death. Henry Joseph was a 61 year old
worker for the U.S. Steel plant - Gary Works, Indiana operating a continuous
caster manufactured by defendant, Voest-Alpine. A 235 ton ladle of molten
steel erupted showering him with molten steel causing his death. The continuous
caster lacked overhead protection to prevent molten steel from coming
in contact with workers such as Mr. Joseph in the event an eruption occurred.
Mr. Joseph was survived by his 59 year old wife, Phoebe Joseph.
Jury Verdict: $3,000,000.00
Offer Before Trial: $ 150,000.00
D.F., as Special Administrator of the Estate of E.F., Deceased v. Fransciscan
Alliance d/b/a St. James Hospital, et al.
(2015) Medical Malpractice---wrongful death. Defts allegedly failed to
properly and timely address the risk of patient M-56 developing deep vein
thrombosis due to his inactivity and other factors during his hospitalization
for treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis, acute renal insufficiency, and
hyperkalemia. As a result, he suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism while
preparing for discharge home on October 8, 2010. He is survived by his
wife and three adult daughters.