Joseph W. Balesteri

Partner

Prior to joining the law firm of Power Rogers & Smith in 2000, Joseph W. Balesteri worked as a defense lawyer with the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, within the medical malpractice/professional liability department. During that time, Mr. Balesteri primarily represented doctors, nurses and hospitals. Working on the defense side has given Mr. Balesteri a unique perspective and a competitive advantage in his representation of injured plaintiffs. Understanding how the other side thinks, and anticipating the other side’s moves, has enabled his clients to achieve significant results.

Examples of cases handled by Mr. Balesteri since he joined Power Rogers & Smith in 2000 appear below. Mr. Balesteri's efforts have resulted in over $400 Million Dollars of recovery - an average of $25 Million per year - and many of these results are among the highest compensation in Illinois history for injuries in medical negligence matters by amount and by injury type.

Mr. Balesteri was selected by a 2004 survey of his peers conducted by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as a "Leading Lawyer" in Personal Injury Law at the age of 34. This distinction was earned by fewer than 5% of all personal injury lawyers licensed in Illinois and Mr. Balesteri has been repeatedly selected in subsequent years. In 2005, Mr. Balesteri was selected by his peers as a "Super Lawyer" in medical malpractice litigation at the age of 35, a distinction also awarded to fewer than 5% of all Illinois malpractice attorneys. Mr. Balesteri has been repeatedly selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer. In 2008, Mr. Balesteri was featured in Chicago Lawyer Magazine following a survey of judges, veteran trial lawyers, and law firm partners as a rising star of the trial bar at the age of 37. In 2010, Mr. Balesteri was selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the The National Trial Lawyers at the age of 40. In 2014, Mr. Balesteri was elected President of the Society of Trial Lawyers at the age of 44. In 2015, Mr. Balesteri was selected as a "Top 100" Lawyer by the Illinois Super Lawyer Publication.

  • Verdicts & Settlements

    B.E., Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of R.E, Deceased v. Bryn Mawr Oral Pathology & Biopsy, Inc. No. 14 L 9073 (Cook County)

    (2017) Medical Malpractice: Pathologist under-reported findings contained within a tongue lesion during biopsy interpretation leading to a delay in diagnosis of tongue cancer and progression of disease leading to metastasis and death. The patient was 79 years old at the time of the misdiagnosis and was survived by her husband and children.

    Result: $1,000,000.00 (policy limits)

    L.A., as Executor of the Estate of V.C., deceased v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, No. 17 L 001342 (Cook County)

    (2017) Medical Malpractice: 42 year old male underwent successful bilateral lung transplant on December 27, 2015. On January 11 and 12, 2016, while his tracheotomy tube was capped for the first time overnight, his vitals were inadequately monitored and he experienced respiratory arrest that led to cardiac arrest which resulted in his death on January 17, 2016. He is survived by his wife and 3 children.

    Result: $4,000,000.00

    S.B. v. MacNeal Hospital, et al., No. 13 L 171 (Cook County)

    (2017) Medical Malpractice: A 47 year old female presented to the emergency department at MacNeal Hospital and her evolving heart attack was not timely recognized nor treated. Instead, she was treated for GERD resulting in an approximate seven hour delay in diagnosis, ultimately leading to significant heart muscle damage and her death. She was survived by her husband, who passed away during the pendency of the case, and two adult children. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $2,300,000.00

    H.R.G. v. Gianluca Lazzaro, M.D., et al., No. 12 L 12675 (Cook County)

    (2017) Medical Malpractice: 37 year old male with complaints of abdominal pain presented to emergency room for care and treatment. Consultation was obtained from gastroenterology and general surgery; CT scanning was performed of the abdomen and pelvis. On the first day of his admission the CT scan was under-read and failed to point out findings consistent with appendicitis. Despite indications of sepsis, the gastroenterologist and general surgeon never took nor advocated for surgery. The following day in the evening, H.R.G. suffered a cardio-pulmonary arrest leading to permanent brain injury. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $15,750,000.00

    D.S., Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of E.S., Deceased v. NorthShore University HealthSystem d/b/a Highland Park Hospital, No. 13 L 010443 (Cook County)

    (2016) Medical Malpractice: 29 year old female was prescribed Desmopressin because of a possible bleeding risk associated with Von Willebrand’s Disease prior to ophthalmologic surgery. This means that sodium levels will fall and can, if unmonitored, become significantly decreased. Surgery was performed and a second dose of Desmopressin was provided prior to discharge. Shortly after her discharge, she was returned to Highland Park Hospital’s ER. Staff in the ER realized her sodium was severely elevated. She was intubated and transferred to the ICU. Her pupils became dilated and fixed. Later a CT showed transtentorial herniation with brain stem compression. She passed away on December 10, 2012, survived by her husband and one year old daughter. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $7,500,000.00

    L.S. v. Susan Ruda, et al., No. 11 L 007000 (Cook County)

    (2016) Medical Malpractice: 58 year old female underwent a total left knee replacement procedure at a suburban hospital. Post procedure arterial insufficiency was not recognized until three days later. L.S. was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where it was discovered that the popliteal artery and popliteal vein had been transected during the knee replacement surgery. It was too late to repair the damage and an above knee amputation resulted. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $5,000,000.00

    H.C. and H.S., as Co-Executors of the Estate of P.B., Deceased, v. Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, d/b/a The Northwestern Medical Group, No. 16 L 010392 (Cook County)

    (2016) Medical Malpractice: 63 year old female passed away as a result of squamous cell carcinoma of the lung with metastasis to the liver, bones and skull. On May 29, 2013, a surveillance chest CT scan was ordered by a Northwestern Faculty Foundation employee. The May 29, 2013 CT result revealed a 10 mm right upper lobe speculated nodule documented as suspicious for primary lung cancer per interpreting radiologist. Another annual CT scan was performed on September 11, 2014. The 2014 scan revealed that the 2013 mass had grown to 19 mm and a new mass in the middle of the right lung was now present. A broncoscopy followed on September 29, 2014 which revealed the diagnosis - squamous cell carcinoma. Over the next three months, P.B. suffered the painful and disabling consequences of metastasis and passed away a couple of days short of Christmas 2014. She was survived by seven brothers and sisters. Co-Counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $2,000,000.00

    K.M., Individually, and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of K.M., Deceased v. an unnamed long-term care facility, No. 15 L 010589 (Cook County)

    (2016) Nursing Home Negligence: 64 year old male passed away on June 14, 2014, after staff at a long-term care facility failed to provide him with Klonopin medication that had been prescribed to prevent him from experiencing seizures. No Klonopin was given to Mr. Mayfield from March 19, 2014 through March 24, 2014 when he suffered a seizure requiring his hospitalization at Ingalls Memorial Hospital from March 24 through April 8, 2014. Thereafter, he was transferred to Ingalls Hospice where he remained, mostly unresponsive, until his death on June 14, 2014. Decedent was survived by two sisters, who were found to be his dependents.

    Result: $900,000.00

    JI v. LUMC, (no lawsuit filed)

    (2016) 62 year old female presented with complaints of numbness and tingling in her lower extremities. She was admitted to the neurology service as Guillain-Barré Syndrome was suspected. Lumbar punctures were performed while hospitalized and on a blood thinner. Following the second lumbar puncture, motor impairment in her legs developed. Imaging and neurosurgical consultation was not sought for over 20 hours and permanent paraplegia followed due to epidural hematoma.

    Result: $9,000,000.00

    PDG, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of PDG, deceased v. The Royal Fox Country Club, LP and Sequoia Management Services, LLC, No. 14 L 637 (Kane County)

    (2016) Premises: Four year old male drowned while a single lifeguard was on duty at The Royal Fox Country Club. When an emergency rescue was identified by others at the pool, a resuscitation followed. However, the Club and its management company, Sequoia Management, had not arranged for a defibrillator and other resuscitative equipment to be on hand. Decedent was survived by his mom and dad and two siblings.

    Result: $1,990,000.00

    JS, Individually and as Independent Executor of the Estate of LS, Deceased v. SwedishAmerican Hospital, et al. No. 12 L 241 (Winnebago County)

    (2016) Medical Malpractice: 48 year old female presented to her internist with complaints of left arm numbness, pain and lack of blood pressure in her left arm which she had sought treatment for the previous day in an emergency department out-of-state. Over the next approximate 9 months the internist did not seek to identify the etiology of her blood pressure loss in her left arm despite continued numbness. Plaintiff’s decedent experienced embolization of clot to her head and neck at that time which plaintiff argued was the source (embolization from her aortic arch) of her left arm complaints nine months previous. Decedent was survived by her husband and three adult children.

    Result: $2,000,000.00

    SCR, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of MG, Deceased v. Swedish Covenant Hospital, No. 12 L 3892 (Cook County)

    (2015) Medical Malpractice: 19 year old female presented to Swedish Covenant Hospital with complaints of constipation, abdominal pain and abdominal swelling. She was admitted and was followed by a specialist in general surgery, and a specialist in gastroenterology. During her hospitalization, other than the CT scan performed on her arrival to the hospital on October 30, 2010 radiographic surveillance did not occur again until after a rapid respiratory response was called on November 3, 2010. Hours later on November 3, 2010, she coded and passed away. The cause of her death was toxic megacolon, a condition which required surgical decompression as bowel toxins migrate through the bowel wall causing sepsis. Defendants failed to timely perform surgery and failed to intervene in the face of sepsis to prevent septic shock and death. Source control by surgery was not obtained. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $2,300,000.00

    RK v. Sean McGuire, No. 11 L 13075 (Cook County)

    (2015) Auto/pedestrian: On July 22, 2011, 55 year old female was struck by a vehicle driven by Sean McGuire wherein she sustained a closed head and pelvic injuries.

    Result: $1,250,000.00

    JO, Individually and as Guardian of the Estate of FO, a Disabled Person v. Westlake Hospital, No. 11 L 3900 (Cook County)

    (2015) Medical Malpractice: On June 21, 2010, 33 year old female, 37 weeks pregnant, was admitted to Westlake Hospital in labor. Her attending obstetrician was negligent in failing to treat her hypertension and low platelet levels and further failed to transfer her to the ICU or tertiary care facility for more intensive monitoring. The labor and delivery nurses were negligent in failing to follow the hospital’s chain of command policy to achieve a resolution of their patient care concerns, which included needed treatment for hypertension and decreasing platelet levels, resulting in catastrophic brain damage from cerebral hemorrhage. Co-counsel with Thomas G. Siracusa

    Result: $23,000,000.00

    MP, as Special Administrator of the Estate of FP, Deceased v. Suburban Endocrinology & Diabetes Center, Inc., 10 L 012003 (Cook County)

    (2015) Medical Malpractice: FP (age 39) experienced sudden cardiac death associated with coronary arthrosclerotic disease on October 24, 2009. In 2007, Dr. Epstein had suspicions that FP was experiencing chest pain of cardiac origin. Dr. Epstein ordered an EKG and interpreted it himself, concluding that the pain was of non-cardiac origin. FP’s subsequent complaints of chest pain were not followed-up with stress testing or further EKG, although he also suffered from high cholesterol and had a family history of cardiac problems. Defendant’s records document a stress test recommendation but no follow-up was charted. FP was survived by his wife and two minor children.

    Result: $3,000,000.00

    CB, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of NB, Deceased v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation d/b/a Advocate South Suburban Hospital, 13 L 8700 (Cook County)

    (2015) Medical Malpractice: NB passed away on June 10, 2012, weeks after giving birth at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. Following birth she presented twice to the emergency department at Advocate South Suburban Hospital with complaints of shortness of breath. At both visits she was found to have leg swelling and an elevated blood pressure. The emergency room staff did not contact her obstetrician and she was discharged without diagnosis beyond shortness of breath of unknown etiology after pulmonary embolism was excluded. Urine testing was not done to assess for protein. She had normal blood pressures throughout her pregnancy and labor and delivery. She was experiencing undiagnosed pre-eclampsia that led to eclampsia on June 1, 2012 when she seized. NB was survived by her husband and two children. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $6,900,000.00

    TC, Individually and as Independent Executor of the Estate of DC, Deceased v. Presence St. Joseph Hospital., et al., 13 L 9057 (Cook County)

    (2015) Medical Malpractice: 64 year old male presents to Presence St. Joseph Hospital feeling weak, being diaphoretic and passing out and provided his recent history of undergoing cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation at Loyola University Medical Center. He had signs and symptoms of a symptomatic pericardial effusion from September 2 to September 5, 2011 while admitted to Presence St. Joseph Hospital. He coded on September 5, 2011 due to the failure to diagnose and treat his hemorrhagic effusion, and ultimately passed away on September 23, 2011 while in hospice care. Decedent was survived by his third wife. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $3,375,000.00

    DZ, as Special Administrator of the Estate of MR, Deceased v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 15 L 000728 (Cook County)

    (2015) Medical Malpractice: 40 year old female delivered twins at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on February 13, 2014. Despite evidence of lower extremity clotting and high risk status for DVT development, no therapeutic anticoagulation was initiated, nor was a lower extremity venous doppler performed. Additionally, telemetry monitoring previously in place for post-partum cardiomyopathy risks was prematurely discontinued on February 21, 2014. The decedent experienced pulmonary embolism from her lower extremities, cardiopulmonary arrest and was pronounced on February 22, 2014 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The decedent was survived by her husband and newborn twins. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $7,500,000.00

    SK v. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, et al., 11 L 10860 (Cook County)

    (2015) Medical Malpractice: 46 year old male presents for a laparoscopic nephrectomy due to kidney cancer. During the procedure, aortic transection and ligation occurred with a stapling device which was not recognized by the healthcare practitioners until the patient’s transfer to an outside institution. Additionally, injuries to the right kidney were caused by a stapling device which had transected and ligated arteries to the right kidney. As a consequence, SK is a paraplegic and requires permanent dialysis. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $30,000,000.00

    SV, Individually and as Mother and Next Friend of JV, a minor v. Saint Anthony Hospital, 13 L 012322 (Cook County)

    (2015) Medical Malpractice: On February 4, 2009, in the late morning, SV was admitted to St. Anthony’s labor and delivery unit at almost 39 weeks gestation. An external fetal monitor was applied but despite changes in the tracings, including the lack of accelerations, the presence of occasional late decelerations and minimal variability, no testing was done to assess fetal well-being, nor was an effort made to move towards emergency caesarian section until an acute bradycardia developed. The baby was delivered at 6:15 p.m. Additionally, despite obvious deterioration in the fetal monitor tracings, Pitocin augmentation was initiated. Pitocin augmentation is contraindicated in this setting. JV was delivered and experienced hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. His impairments are physical and are mild: his gait requires bracing and he has fine motor coordination difficulties in his upper extremity. The hospital was self-insured at the time of this settlement. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $5,250,000.00

    LG, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of EG, Deceased v. Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, et al., 2008 L 13492 (Cook County)

    (2014) Medical Malpractice: 38 year old male presented to the emergency room at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital on April 9, 2008 complaining of a sore throat, elevated temperature, chills and muscle pains throughout his body. A flu swab returned negative but his throat was not checked for strep. He was discharged with instructions to return if symptoms worsened. He re-presented to Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital on April 11, 2008 when his condition did not improve. The decision to discharge him on April 9, without identifying a bacterial source for his presenting complaints and treating him with antibiotics in the face of abnormal kidney function on lab testing, led to worsening of his condition and the development of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome which took his life on April 12, 2008. EG was survived by his wife and son. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $4,000,000.00

    TJR, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of JJ, Deceased v. The University of Chicago Medical Center, 2009 L 005219 (Cook County)

    (2014) Medical Malpractice: 21 year old African-American male was shot in the head and a few months later, while at home, experienced episodes of agitation and confusion. He was taken to The University of Chicago where he was hospitalized for a few weeks, trying to identify the cause. After ruling out a number of conditions, healthcare providers diagnosed acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). One of the treatments for ADEM is therapeutic plasma exchanges, known as PLEX therapy. PLEX therapy has the side effect of prolonging clotting times as blood factors and other impurities are removed through the plasma exchange process. After receiving his fourth and final PLEX therapy, the large bore Quinton catheter in his right internal jugular was removed. This decision violated the standard of care according to Plaintiff’s experts as it exposed the patient to significant bleeding and the potential for air embolism. Here, coughing and bleeding occurred over the next few hours. Later in the evening a Code event occurred followed hours later by another Code event and the patient’s death. Plaintiff contended that air embolism took place when the Quinton catheter was removed, allowing air to be entrapped as continued bleeding occurred from the internal jugular vein resulting in the patient coughing, sweating and ultimately experiencing radiographic changes in his lungs. Patient is survived by his mother and father and three half sisters and a half brother. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $2,000,000.00

    KJS, as Independent Administrator of the Estate of MS, Deceased v. Rush-Copley Medical Center, et al., 10 L 004320 (Cook County)

    (2014) Medical Malpractice: 61 year old female received care on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in two different emergency departments, Rush-Copley Medical Center and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, that resulted in catastrophic brain injury and ultimately her passing five days later on April 24, 2009 at the age of 61. On April 19, 2009, she had breathing difficulties and required hematoma drainage from her neck (and intubation) as a consequence of recent neck surgery. She was discharged from Rush-Copley Medical Center’s Emergency Department after 5 hours without appropriate treatment or consultation. She presented shortly thereafter to Advocate Good Samaritan where she coded about 2.5 hours after her arrival while awaiting a neurosurgical drainage from her neck (the neurosurgeon sought by the Emergency Department physician was operating on another patient) late that Sunday. The decedent is survived by three adult children.

    Result: $3,300,000.00

    LT, individually and as Independent Executor of the Estate of GT, deceased v. Rush University Medical Center, 10 L 013961 (Cook County)

    (2014) Medical Malpractice: Healthcare practitioners failed to provide 58 year old male with appropriate Coumadin dosing instructions at discharge following an ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation leading to a cardioembolic stroke and his death two months later. The dosing instructions provided included lesser than normal weekly Coumadin dosing and other errors. The decedent is survived by his wife and two adult daughters.

    Result: $4,500,000.00

    MR, a disabled person, by her son and Guardian, AR v. Advocate Health & Hospitals Corporation, 09 L 005749 (Cook County)

    (2014) Medical Malpractice: 53 year old female was transferred by helicopter to Advocate Christ Medical Center from another institution after being involved in an automobile accident. About two and a half hours after arrival she suffered a respiratory arrest followed by a cardiac arrest. Her chest cavity injuries should have been treated by elective chest tube insertion and intubation to avoid possible respiratory deterioration. She suffered permanent severe brain damage and the need for 24 hour care over her lifetime due to these failures.

    Result: $8,000,000.00

    LD v. Advocate Health & Hospitals Corporation, et al., 09 L 15642 (Cook County)

    (2013) Medical Malpractice: 70 year old female underwent bladder cancer surgery at Advocate Condell Medical Center on June 1, 2009. Following the procedure, she experienced left lower extremity pain on post-operative day one. The next day slight foot drop and some sensory changes in the leg occurred. After a variety of radiographic work-up involving multiple specialties, an arterial Doppler study was ordered and interpreted by Phyllis Han, M.D. The study was interpreted as unremarkable. Plaintiff’s experts opined that the study was remarkable for slow blood flow as revealed by abnormalities in peak systolic velocity and wave forms on virtually every image obtained. This should have led to work-up for an upstream (above the leg) obstruction. The following day an MRI revealed external iliac artery occlusion - near the removed bladder. The left leg could not be salvaged and was amputated above the knee.

    Result: $3,000,000.00

    NA, as Independent Administrator of the Estate of RR, Deceased v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 13 L 9055 (Cook County)

    (2013) Medical Malpractice: The decedent presented to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for labor and delivery. She was delivered by caesarian section at 10:30 p.m., delivering her first child and the sole heir to this cause of action. The decedent experienced intraoperative and postoperative bleeding and passed away in the early morning hours of November 13, 2012. The defendants failed to properly monitor her labor and delivery, failed to timely perform a caesarian section and failed to timely monitor and treat blood loss following caesarian delivery. The decedent’s sole heir was hours old at the time of her passing. Co-counsel with Carolyn Daley Scott.

    Result: $4,800,000.00

    MS, Individually, and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of MD-S, Deceased v. The University of Chicago Medical Center, 08 L 009820 (Cook County)

    (2013) Medical Malpractice: 33 year old female underwent a right breast biopsy for breast cancer at The University of Chicago Medical Center. During the biopsy she experienced cardiovascular collapse which Plaintiff alleged was due to intra-operative pulmonary embolism. Four days later, on October 15, 2006, Plaintiff experienced a saddle pulmonary embolism shortly before midnight and passed away. The anesthesia team misdiagnosed intraoperative pulmonary embolism and the intensive care unit physicians failed to provide therapeutic anticoagulation and/or to rule out deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in a timely fashion. The decedent is survived by her husband and their minor daughter. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $7,250,000.00

    ND, Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of CD, Deceased v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation d/b/a Advocate Christ Medical Center, et al., 11 L 9980 (Cook County)

    (2013) Medical Malpractice: 54 year old woman was thrown from her horse and sustained multiple traumatic injuries to her chest cavity resulting in her transportation from an out-of-state hospital to Advocate Christ Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center. As her respiratory condition improved, the decision was made to extubate her about five days later. Extubation occurred at 3:05 a.m. She experienced immediate strider and required reintubation. Because she was extubated by a respiratory therapist and nurse, neither of whom were capable of reintubation, personnel were contacted to secure an airway. She experienced cardiopulmonary arrest and passed away at 3:59 a.m. She is survived by her husband; they had no children.

    Result: $4,025,000.00

    RW as Independent Executor of the Estate of LW, deceased v. Evanston Northwestern HealthCare Corporation d/b/a Evanston Hospital, et al., 09 L 9617 (Cook County)

    (2013) Medical Malpractice: 76 year old female underwent elective mitral valve surgery at Evanston Hospital on August 22, 2007. During the procedure, the bypass equipment failed to return flow of oxygenated blood. Handcrank use was ineffective causing an arrest leading to brain damage followed by death on September 8, 2007. The decedent is survived by her husband and two adult children. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $2,850,000.00

    CS, as Successor Independent Executor of the Estate of CR, Deceased v. Provena Hospitals d/b/a Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, 09 L 3175 (Cook County)

    (2013) Medical Malpractice: 66 year old female underwent emergent surgery for a necrotic bowel and suffered aspiration due to negligent anesthesia services, resulting in her death. The decedent was provided Versed while unmonitored on route to OR resulting in loss of airway protection and aspiration. The anesthesia service failed to utilize techniques to avoid aspiration during induction and following passive vomiting. The decedent is survived by her husband and two adult children from a prior marriage.

    Result: $1,500,000.00

    RJ v. Vito Migliore, 11 L 3572 (Cook County)

    (2012) Auto: 50 year old male riding his bicycle in a designated bike lane on Southport Avenue was struck by Defendant’s vehicle which was making a left turn into a CVS parking lot. Sustained injuries included a dislocated shoulder and rotator cuff repair. Co-counsel with Kathryn L. Conway.

    Result: $240,000.00

    RC, Individually and as Mother and Next Friend of HG, a minor v. Little Company of Mary Hospital, et al., 08 L 9464 (Cook County)

    (2012) Medical Malpractice: Premature delivery by induction of a preemie (32 weeks) thought to be term, after the defendant radiologist dictated another mother’s pregnancy ultrasound data into the child’s mother’s report. The pregnancy was electively induced in reliance upon a different pregnancy’s data resulting in pre-term delivery and a brain bleed at birth.

    Result: $1,000,000.00

    JV, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of MM, deceased v. Norwegian American Hospital, 08 L 1314 (Cook County)

    (2012) Medical Malpractice: 50 year old female admitted for work-up of chest pain had a “negative” exercise stress test before discharge. The interpreting cardiologist failed to prove her symptoms were not unstable angina as the stress test did not reach diagnostic criteria. Five days after discharge, multiple cardiac arrests led to her death. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $950,000.00

    DV v. Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, et al., 08 L 312 (Will County)

    (2012) Medical Malpractice: 51 year old female underwent elective surgery to remove her left ovary. The laparoscopic case was converted to an open one due to dense adhesions. The bowel was not run during the procedure and a week later a perforated bowel was identified. Multiple healthcare providers, both physicians and nurses, were involved with care over the week, but the diagnosis of perforation was not made and acted upon in a timely fashion. A colostomy, numerous debridement procedures and extensive wound infection with abdominal disfigurement occurred due to the above delay.

    Result: $2,600,000.00

    TS, Independent Administrator of the Estate of BS, deceased v. St. James Hospital and Health Center, 08 L 216 (Cook County)

    (2011) Medical Malpractice: 50 year old female died after the failure to immediately remove a dysfunctioning catheter port following placement and months later the failure to use an anticoagulant during clamping of her superior vena cava during catheter removal surgery which, in conjunction with the long-standing catheter fragment, led to complete clotting of the superior vena cava. Surgery was later performed to remove the clot at another hospital, but she passed away.

    Result: $3,300,000.00

    FC & SC v. Thorek Memorial Hospital, 07 L 7771 (Cook County)

    (2011) Medical Malpractice: 51 year old man experienced quadriplegia following cervical disc surgery due to failure of nurses to communicate post-operative neurologic changes due to spinal cord compression to his neurosurgeon in a timely fashion. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $18,750,000.00

    WD, Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of SD, deceased v. Rush North Shore Medical Center, 07 L 8444 (Cook County)

    (2011) Medical Malpractice: 59 year old female was provided excessive anticoagulation therapy after double bypass and valve surgery. A symptomatic pericardial effusion followed, however, the effusion was not timely relieved resulting in cardiac tamponade, anoxic brain injury following arrest and her death. SD was survived by her husband and adult daughter. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $5,000,000.00

    JP, as Special Administrator of the Estate of CP, Deceased v. Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, 2010 L 3554 (Cook County)

    (2010) Medical Malpractice: 78 year old female presented to the emergency room for pulmonary concerns. Atrial fibrillation was found on a routine EKG and Heparin was started pursuant to a weight based nomogram. Due to over-anticoagulation as a result of a failure to follow a hospital protocol regarding the timing of Heparin administration in response to blood work, CP was over anticoagulated resulting in a brain bleed, neurologic impairment and her death approximately two months later. She was survived by her husband and five adult children.

    Result: $1,000,000.00

    KR, Guardian of TR, a Disabled/Incapacitated Person v. Provena Covenant Medical Center, et al., 04 L 306 (Champaign County)

    (2010) Medical Malpractice: TR was admitted to Provena Covenant Medical Center for labor and delivery. She had an epidural injection performed for pain control during labor by an anesthesiologist. The epidural test dose contained Sufenta and was therefore an improper test dose since Sufenta can result in respiratory compromise if administered in the subarachnoid space (a risk of an epidural injection). The test dose was administered in the subarachnoid space as evidenced by air bubbles present on CT imaging of TR’s brain after the injection. TR experienced immediate post-injection signs of respiratory deterioration and her healthcare team (labor and delivery nurse and anesthesiologist) failed to timely respond to her respiratory deterioration. She was not ambu-bagged for 15 minutes after the epidural, CPR was not started for 17 minutes following her epidural. There were varying opinions between the healthcare providers regarding whether or not needed resuscitation equipment was present in the room to assist in resuscitation. TR’s baby was born without neurologic injury. TR was left catastrophically brain damaged. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $12,000,000.00

    MG, Independent Administrator of the Estate of MG, Deceased v. Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, et al., 05 L 13466 (Cook County)

    (2010) Medical Malpractice: 47 year old female underwent a cervical epidural injection performed at Rush University Medical Center by a pain specialist. Prior to the injection she received sedation which should have allowed her to experience pain if her spinal cord was compressed by the epidural needle. After the injection she was rendered a quadriplegic due to an intra-cord injection of medication during the epidural. The failure of the anesthesia team to ensure a safe level of sedation for the injection resulted in her neurologic injuries. MG passed away of asthma three years later - May 2, 2007. She is survived by her adult daughter. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $4,500,000.00

    LA and RA v. Hospital, et al., 09 L 1105 (Cook County)

    (2010) Medical Malpractice: 30 year old female presents to orthopedic surgeon for an enlarged and painful right elbow. A six month delay of diagnosis occurs. Ultimately, a high-grade synovial sarcoma is diagnosed in the elbow and her arm is amputated above the elbow. The cancer lesion on MRI grew 3 to 4 cm. in six months resulting in a loss of a limb sparing procedure. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $3,700,000.00

    LB, as Special Administrator of the Estate of RLB, Deceased v. Ingalls Memorial Hospital, 2005 L 014312 (Cook County)

    (2010) Medical Malpractice: 36 year old female, having undergone previous complicated gallstone removal surgery, presents to Ingalls Memorial Hospital with cholangitis. The ERCP table and CT scanner were unable to accommodate her weight, so efforts were made to transfer her to Cook County Hospital. Her infection progressed and she passed away. She is survived by her mother and her brother. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr. and Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

    Result: $1,650,000.00

    MG as Special Administrator of the Estate of JG, Deceased v. The University of Chicago Medical Center, 09 L 13561 (Cook County)

    (2009) Medical Malpractice: 3½ year old male presented to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital with complaints of bloody diarrhea six to seven times a day since the end of November 2007. An av malformation was identified at the jejunum/ileum following an exploratory laparoscopy and double balloon enteroscopy. The bowel was resected, however, six days later, during the admission, arm and leg ecchymoses developed, tachycardia, restlessness and discomfort in and around the abdomen. Eventually, the abdomen became firm and distended, a Code resulted and death occurred in the very early morning hours of December 17th. Plaintiff alleged a failure to identify post-operative bleeding and a failure to rectify residual av malformation at or near the site of the resection six days earlier.

    Result: $4,000,000.00

    JM, as Guardian of JM, a disabled person v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 08 L 2061 (Cook County)

    (2009) Medical Malpractice: 53 year old disabled female underwent a planned two-stage neurosurgical procedure to correct a severe thoracic kyphosis. Following the second stage, there was progressive reflex abnormalities and loss of motor function which went unreported to physicians responsible for her care. The delay in communication resulted in a delayed diagnosis and ultimately permanent paraplegia from thoracic spinal cord compression. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $5,750,000.00

    JF, as Co-Independent Administrator of the Estate of EF, Deceased v. Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, et al., 04 L 001684 (Cook County)

    (2009) Medical Malpractice: 75 year old female was a passenger in a vehicle which collided with a cement retaining wall on the Dan Ryan expressway. Due to complaints of neck pain, she was taken on a back board and collar by ambulance to Mercy Hospital. While at Mercy Hospital she was cleared from the back board and collar after radiographic imaging. After removal of the collar she was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of an unstable cervical spine. The emergency room physician claimed the radiologist advised that there was no acute findings on the imaging while the radiologist claimed he advised the emergency room physician that in the presence of arm numbness she should contact a neurosurgeon. Plaintiff passed away almost three months later and was survived by four adult children. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $3,200,000.00

    KR as Special Administrator of the Estate of AB, Deceased v. David Ross, M.D., 06 L 005313 (Cook County)

    (2009) Auto: 21 year old female (survived by parents and sister) died when the SUV she was driving was struck by a vehicle which had a green light as she made a left turn.

    Result: $1,000,000.00

    ML as Special Administrator of the Estate of ML, Deceased v. Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, 09 L 004942 (Cook County)

    (2009) Medical Malpractice: 16 day old male survived by his parents, experienced brain injury at birth due to a failure to respond to late decelerations in fetal heart tracings resulting in his death. Co-counsel with Carolyn Daley Scott.

    Result: $2,750,000.00

    EB as Special Administrator of the Estate of CB, Deceased v. St. James Hospital, et al., 05 L 5797 ( Cook County)

    (2009) Medical Malpractice: 54 year old male (survived by his brother) presented to emergency room after being struck by a drunk driver who crossed the center line. Emergency room staff failed to diagnose and treat internal injuries but rather discharged him which led to his death from liver and spleen lacerations.

    Result: $1,750,000.00

    SK, Individually and as Executor of the Estate of EMK, Deceased v. Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, et al., 05 L 5817 (Cook County)

    (2008) Medical Malpractice: 57 year old male lawyer underwent a stress test at an office location near his home. The stress test was ordered by his internist at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. The stress test results were faxed and mailed to the Faculty Foundation. However, the test results were not reviewed due to an administrative error and he was never advised that the results were abnormal and required cardiac catheterization. He experienced sudden cardiac death four months later. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $7,000,000.00

    WWW, Independent Administrator of the Estate of AB, Deceased v. Rush University Medical Center, et al., 04 L 7955 (Cook County)

    (2008) Medical Malpractice: 32 year old female was a kidney donor to her mother. After removal of her kidney, three kidney clips were placed on her renal artery which 12 hours later no longer controlled the renal artery having fallen off or having been blown off by pressure. She bled and ultimately died after numerous codes and repeat surgery for bleeding complications. Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers.

    Result: $6,800,000.00

    LP, Mother & Next Friend of JR, a minor v. St. Francis Hospital of Evanston, et al., 04 L 4942 (Cook County)

    (2008) Medical Malpractice: LP, a term mother, was inadequately monitored by hospital personnel during her labor and delivery course and bradycardia in her baby was not timely detected. The delay in delivery of JR resulted in her suffering permanent severe choreoathetoid cerebral palsy. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $12,500,000.00

    CK v. Rush University Medical Center, et al., 06 L 5418 (Cook County)

    (2008) Medical Malpractice: 41 year old female underwent left-sided L4-L5 micro-endoscopic discectomy. The surgeons caused injury to her spinal cord resulting in drop foot on the left side and an inability to move toes on the right side with tingling and burning to the foot.

    Result: $1,000,000.00

    BT and KT v. Alexian Brothers Hospital, et al., 05 L 4092 (Cook County)

    (2008) Medical Malpractice: 64 year old female underwent knee replacement surgery. Subsequently experienced arterial insufficiency which went undiagnosed by physicians and eventually led to below the knee amputation. Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

    Result: $3,150,000.00

    GK, Individually, and as Special Administrator of the Estate of KK, Deceased v. Evanston Hospital, et al., 03 L 14889 (Cook County)

    (2008) Medical Malpractice: 39 year old female with a history of Chrohn’s Disease underwent exploratory surgery for a suspected small bowel obstruction and a bowel resection. Defendants failed to diagnose and treat post-operative bleeding in her peritoneal cavity leading to her death. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $7,600,000.00

    HH, Individually and as Executor of the Estate of JH, Deceased v. St. James Hospital, et al., 03 L 9427 (Cook County)

    (2007) Medical Malpractice: 60 year old male negligently discharged from the emergency room at St. James Hospital at Olympia Fields on November 9, 2002 after falling while getting out of a vehicle on his driveway at home. JH was brought to the hospital by paramedics, having been unconscious prior to their arrival at his home. Because of his history of Coumadin use, a CT was taken, the result revealed no bleeding and JH was discharged one hour later. JH re-presented to the hospital five and a half hours later. He was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma (a delayed bleed) which took his life. JH was survived by his wife and adult daughter. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $2,000,000.00

    MP, Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of KM, Deceased v. Little Company of Mary Hospital & Health Care Centers, 03 L 3770 (Cook County)

    (2007) Medical Malpractice: 21 year old female presented to Little Company of Mary Hospital with a history of fever, headache and chills, advising she had recently returned from Ghana, Africa and that she had not taken her malaria chemoprophylaxis as directed. No malaria smear was taken and she was discharged. The following day she lapsed into a malarial coma and died four days later. Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers and Todd A. Smith

    Result: $4,250,000.00

    ID Guardian of the Estate of AD, a Minor v. Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital, 01 L 11847 (Cook County)

    (2007) Medical Malpractice: Two day old infant with Down Syndrome underwent surgery for bowel obstruction. A central venous catheter was incorrectly placed and allowed administered fluid to penetrate the heart wall resulting in cardiac arrest and permanent and severe brain injury. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $10,000,000.00

    JB, Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of JB, Deceased v. Blue Line Trucking, Inc., et al., 05 L 10849 (Cook County)

    (2007) Automobile: 75 year old male and 78 year old female were traveling in an automobile which was struck by a truck owned by Blue Line Trucking. JB sustained soft tissue injuries. JB, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, was hospitalized and passed away just two weeks later of causes unrelated to the accident.

    Result: $370,000.00

    AF and MP v. Illinois Masonic Medical Center, et al., 02 L 13309 (Cook County)

    (2007) Medical Malpractice: 37 year old female had surgery for an ectopic pregnancy at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. During the procedure her bladder was perforated resulting in infection. The infection was not diagnosed and she was discharged. She re-presented to Illinois Masonic for further care in a comatose state. The infection became necrotizing resulting in loss of lower abdominal skin, muscle and tissue and numerous surgical interventions.

    Result: $8,000,000.00

    SMC v. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, et al., 03 L 15048 (Cook County)

    (2007) Medical Malpractice: 30 year old female presented to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital complaining of dizziness and passing out. CT image obtained was normal and the patient was discharged. Follow-up with the primary care physician and a chiropractor occurred over the next few days. Plaintiff suffered bilateral cerebellar infarction as a result of dissecting vertebral arteries. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $3,100,000.00

    GD v. Lutheran General Hospital, 00 L 8534 (Cook County)

    (2006) Medical Malpractice: Newborn, born 8/11/86, experienced brain damage from a maternal infection that crossed the placenta. Defendants failed to timely deliver the fetus to avoid permanent brain damage. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith, Philip F. Maher and William J. Harte.

    Result: $5,800,000.00

    AMH, a minor, by and through her Father and Mother as next friends, v. University of Chicago Health Systems, et al., 02 L 2696 (Cook County)

    (2006) Medical Malpractice: Two year old child underwent surgery at The University of Chicago Hospital to remove a large liver mass. The anesthesiologist should have placed an arterial line in a location other than AMH’s right leg which had experienced vasospasm the previous day. Shortly after placing the arterial line the arterial wave form was lost. AMH’s right extremity was not checked until after the procedure about six (6) hours later. When AMH’s right leg was checked it was cool, dusky and blue. AMH required emergent vascular surgery. The extremity was salvaged. However, AMH lost all feeling in her leg below her knee. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $4,000,000.00

    SMW, Administrator of the Estate of MAB, Deceased v. Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes’s Medical Center, et al., 02 L 016229 (Cook County)

    (2006) Medical Malpractice: 65 year old female entered Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center for kidney stone surgery. During efforts by the anesthesia service to place the central line into the left internal jugular vein, the carotid artery was punctured. The surgery was cancelled. The guide wire was removed and MAB was monitored in the hospital. Later that day, MAB suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, caused by the guide wire used to place the central line. A subarachnoid hemorrhage resulted in permanent brain injury and ultimately in MAB’s death. MAB was survived by four adult children. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $5,000,000.00

    LB and PB v. Valley West Community Hospital, 03 L 31 (DeKalb County)

    (2006) Medical Malpractice: 58 year old male suffering from a middle cerebral artery stroke presents to Valley West Community Hospital but is not afforded the benefits of TPA to assist in restoring brain profusion via clot busting effects. TPA was ordered by emergency room physician, however, hospital failed to maintain TPA on its formulary having made the decision not to treat acute ischemic strokes with that medication. By the time the patient was transferred to another hospital, the three hour window for TPA administration had passed. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $1,500,000.00

    ET v. Medicine, Ltd., 01 L 11435 (Cook County)

    (2006) Medical Malpractice: 52 year old male underwent hip surgery following avascular necrosis. Intermittent abdominal distension followed post-operatively. Assumed post-operative ileus was in error and plaintiff suffered a ruptured large bowel (Ogilvie’s syndrome) leading to an ileostomy which was reversed months later. Co-counsel with Thomas G. Siracusa

    Result: $280,000.00

    CRS, as Special Administrator of the Estate of GB, Deceased v. MacNeal Hospital, et al., 02 L 8339 (Cook County)

    (2006) Medical Malpractice: 62 year old female, undergoing anticoagulation therapy, was inadequately monitored, leading to a massive intracerebral hemorrhage which resulted in her death. Plaintiff’s decedent was survived by two adult children. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $750,000.00

    RO, Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of MLO, Deceased v. County of Cook, 02 L 3242 (Cook County)

    (2006) Medical Malpractice: 50 year old female, diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the cervix in 1996 by pap smear but not definitively treated for that condition through her death in 2001. Plaintiff’s decedent was survived by her husband and five adult children. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $5,200,000.00

    GC, Special Administrator of the Estate of GRB, Deceased v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, et al., 01 L 9649 (Cook County)

    (2005) Medical Malpractice: 52 year old male, who for over thirty years was a quadriplegic, passed away after discharge from an emergency room with the diagnosis of gastroenteritis, after meningitis was ruled out, when, in fact, he suffered from a perforated stomach. Plaintiff’s decedent was survived by his wife. Co-counsel with Thomas M. Power.

    Result: $5,000,000.00

    MB, Individually and as Administrator of the Estate of MB, Deceased v. Good Samaritan Hospital, et al., 00 L 013288 (Cook County)

    (2005) Medical Malpractice: 12 year old female died from cardiac tamponade after a central venous catheter, placed following abdominal surgery, caused fluid administration into her pericardial sac. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $6,000,000.00

    TB, Individually and as parent and next friend of MB, a minor v. Rockford Memorial Hospital, 01 L 232 (Winnebago County)

    (2005) Medical Malpractice: 8 1/2 year old boy suffers cardio-pulmonary arrest in the operative suite during a tendon release procedure resulting in brain damage. Prior to the procedure, the minor plaintiff was severely mentally disabled. Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers.

    Result: $6,500,000.00

    BS and PS v. Carl David Bakken, M.D., et al., 03 L 8811 (Cook County)

    (2005) Medical Malpractice: BS, age 74, had 4 abnormal urine tests during routine screening which should have caused exploration for bladder cancer. The delay in diagnosis caused a more radical surgery than would have been performed had an earlier diagnosis been made. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $1,500,000.00

    RG v. Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corporation d/b/a Evanston Hospital, a corporation, 02 L 9474 (Cook County)

    (2005) Medical Malpractice: RG, age 28, presented to Evanston Hospital following a prior hospital stay where a cyst was removed near her heart and left lung. She experienced a known pulmonary vein injury during the previous admission and upon her re-presentation she should have received an earlier removal of the lower lobe of her lung to avoid infection.

    Result: $400,000.00

    RM DM v. Michael D. Kornblatt, M.D., et al., 00 L 14275 (Cook County)

    (2005) Medical Malpractice: RM, age 48, experienced incomplete quadriplegia on December 23, 1998 when his cervical discs herniated into a congenitally narrowed spiral canal. Drs. Kornblatt (orthopedic surgeon) and Katz (chiropractor) failed to refer RM for an MRI between December 11 and December 23 1998 when they were advised of his neck pain symptoms with radiation into his right arm. Instead, RMr was provided with therapies and medication when he required surgery before permanent injury resulted. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $2,000,000.00

    ZK, Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of ZU, Deceased v. Edward J. Snyder, III, M.D., et al., 01 L 10358 (Cook County)

    (2005) Medical Malpractice: ZU, age 73, in preparation for colorectal cancer surgery, suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest in the operative suite while undergoing anesthetic preparation for the procedure. Plaintiff alleged that ZU should have received blood transfusion for declining hemoglobin/hematocrit levels prior to utilization of general and spinal anesthesia for surgery. Plaintiff’s decedent is survived by two adult children.

    Result: $750,000.00

    AA, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of GLA, a minor, Deceased v. Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, et al., 01 L 9320 (Cook County)

    (2005) Medical Malpractice: Nine year old child hospitalized after a fall at school. A CT ordered to be performed in the a.m. the following day was not done until 10:15 p.m. and the CT was not interpreted until after GLA suffered a respiratory arrest at 4:30 the following morning. The CT performed at 10:15 p.m. revealed a fracture of the skull and a subarachnoid hemorrhage. GLA suffered an arrest as a result of increasing intracranial pressure and brain herniation resulting in his death. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $6,000,000.00

    TB, Individually and as Administrator of the Estate of TB, Deceased v. Sherman Hospital, a corporation, et al., 00 L 14977 (Cook County)

    (2004) Medical Malpractice: 48 year old female entered Sherman Hospital on an elective basis to treat heart and vascular conditions. She underwent carotid artery surgery and coronary artery stenting which included femoral artery access. Due to a failure to monitor her vital signs, staff of the hospital were unaware of retroperitoneal bleeding from the site where the femoral artery sheath was removed after surgery. TB had an arrest as a result of blood loss resulting in her death. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith

    Result: $6,000,000.00

    ML v. RK, et al., 02 L 013610 (Cook County)

    (2004) Automobile: 32 year old male was riding a bicycle on Halsted Street when he was struck by a truck driven by RK. ML suffered a closed fracture to his left leg.

    Result: $325,000.00

    SM, as Successor Independent Administrator of the Estate of SMM, Deceased v. City of Chicago, 03 L 3788 (Cook County)

    (2004) Premises Liability: 28 year old single female was driving her vehicle southbound on Kedzie Avenue on January 31, 1997 when she struck a pothole which propelled her into oncoming traffic on the Kedzie Avenue Bridge near 75th Street. SM was killed instantaneously. The lawsuit claimed a failure by the City of Chicago to repair the pothole before the accident.

    Result: $1,000,000.00

    The Northern Trust Company, AN, YN, Co-Guardians of the Estate of HN, a Disabled Person v. Bradley Allen, M.D., 98 L 5560 (Cook County)

    (2004) Medical Malpractice: 19 year old female underwent mitral valve surgery for rheumatic heart disease and experienced an air embolus due to errors in surgical technique resulting in brain damage and quadriplegia.

    Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $20,000,000.00

    The Northern Trust Company, KM and NM, Co-Guardians of the Estate of RM, a disabled person v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation d/b/a Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, 00 L 3444 (Cook County)

    (2004) Medical Malpractice: 17 year old RM, hospitalized for rehabilitation during recovery from a motor vehicle accident after two brain surgeries, was prescribed anticoagulation therapy for a blood clot in her neck. This therapy was inadequately monitored causing subarachnoid hemorrhage, a cardiopulmonary arrest and additional brain injury causing a minimally conscious vegetative state. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $17,250,000.00

    MRA, Special Administrator of the Estate of FA, deceased v. Visuit V. Vivekaphirat, M.D., Individually and as an agent of St. Francis Hospital of Evanston; and St. Francis Hospital of Evanston, 98 L 15221 (Cook County)

    (2004) Medical Malpractice: 64 year old female underwent single vessel balloon angioplasty following an acute myocardial infarction. After the initial angioplasty, occlusion resulted in a second angioplasty with stent deployment. Coronary perforation occurred and a cardiovascular surgeon was not notified in a timely fashion to prevent her death.

    Result: $1,750,000.00

    WR v. The University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System, et al., 00 L 745 (Cook County)

    (2003) Medical Malpractice: 68 year old male was given an epidural injection while he was on Plavix, an antiplatelet agent. An epidural hematoma developed but over 3.5 hours passed before transfer for emergent neurosurgical care was effectuated. The epidural hematoma resulted in paraplegia. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $9,000,000.00

    JPL v. John R. Rapp, Individually, and as an Agent and/or Employee of Cruisers Taxi, 02 L 109 (DeKalb County)

    (2003) Automobile: 21 year old male suffered a broken fibula when, while riding a bicycle, he was struck by a taxi which failed to yield the right of way.

    Result: $245,000.00

    HP v. City of Chicago, a municipal corporation, 00 L 8374 (Cook County)

    (2003) Automobile (Wilful and Wanton): 33 year old male was struck by police vehicle which was traveling on the wrong side of the street without lights and sirens when responding to a call regarding a man with a gun, ten blocks away from the accident scene. Plaintiff suffered fractures of the right and left tibia and fibula and jaw. Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

    Result: $450,000.00

    EC v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 99 L 14549 (Cook County)

    (2003) Medical Malpractice: 32 year old female had an I.V. inserted for calcium chloride treatment following a ruptured placenta. The I.V. infiltrated causing a burn to the dorsum of her left hand with resultant scarring.

    Result: $450,000.00

    PB, Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of CB, Deceased, v. VHS of Illinois, Inc., a corporation d/b/a MacNeal Hospital, 01 L 10358 (Cook County)

    (2003) Medical Malpractice: 78 year old female presented to MacNeal Hospital with symptoms compatible with a heart attack but was worked up for pulmonology concerns. The failure to recognize and treat her heart attack resulted in her death. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $1,200,000.00

    KMH, Administrator of the Estate of AMH, Deceased, v. Waste Management, Inc., Joseph S. Hathcoat, DeKalb Iron & Metal Company, d/b/a Dimco, Aeroquip Vickers, Inc. and Ival E. Miles, 98 L 53 (DeKalb County)

    (2003) Automobile: 23 year old male was killed when his motorcycle encountered power steering fluid which had leaked from a truck that had been negligently maintained. The sole heir in this wrongful death action was the decedent’s daughter who was not born until six months after her Dad’s passing. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $2,000,000.00

    EO and JO vs. Illinois Masonic Medical Center, et al., 99 L 746 (Cook County)

    (2003) Medical Malpractice: 28 year old female, following the birth of her daughter, was diagnosed with post-partum cardiomyopat­hy, and was provided Coumadin, a blood thinner, as her ejection fraction was less than 35%. Six months later, she suffered a stroke from a hemorrhagic bleed in her brain. Plaintiff was over anti-coagulated (her INR was 3.8 after the bleed). The hemorrhagic stroke caused left-sided hemiparesis. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Result: $12,000,000.00

    AK, a minor, by his parents and next friends, DK & SK v. Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, et al., 98 L 13165 (Cook County)

    (2003) Medical Malpractice: Nine month old boy underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunt revision surgery and two months later experienced permanent brain damage due to negligent surgical technique and surveillance. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $17,000,000.00

    PS, Independent Administrator of the Estate of FL, Deceased v. Loyola University Medical Center, et al., 99 L 8486 (Cook County)

    (2003) Medical Malpractice: 72 year old female passed away during an angioplasty procedure due to perforation of her coronary vessel and the failure of the hospital and health care providers to arrange for cardiovascular back-up. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $1,500,000.00

    AJC, a Minor, by her Parents and Next Friends, NR and JC, v. County of Cook, d/b/a Cook County Hospital, et al., 98 L 12545 (Cook County)

    (2002) Medical Malpractice: While recovering from burns to 35% of her body, the minor plaintiff (11 months) was negligently provided two boluses of a medication called Albumin resulting in brain damage. Co-counsel with Thomas G. Siracusa.

    Result: $19,250,000.00

    BK, as Independent Administrator of the Estate of KK, Deceased v. Bethany Homes and Methodist Hospital, 99 L 3695 (Cook County)

    (2002) Medical Malpractice: 64 year old woman, while undergoing surgery for Stage IV rectal cancer, experienced hypovolemic shock due to the failure of physician to recognize and treat acute blood loss, resulting in her death.

    Result: $750,000.00

    RH, Independent Administrator of the Estate of KH, Deceased v. City of Harvey, 99 L 5896 (Cook County)

    (2002) Police Misconduct (Wilful and Wanton): Plaintiff’s Decedent (male, age 31) was mortally shot while handcuffed by Harvey Police officers after resisting arrest following a perceived drug transaction. KH was survived by his wife of two years who was 49 years old at the time of this occurrence. Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers.

    Result: $850,000.00

    MR, Independent Administrator of the Estate of JR, Deceased v. The University of Illinois Hospital, 98 L 467 (Cook County)

    (2001) Medical Malpractice: 58 year old Hispanic man at known high risk for myocardial infarction, underwent vascular surgery for long-standing diabetes, suffered cardiopulmonary arrest the day following surgery, resulting in death. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $1,200,000.00

    TB v. Copley Memorial Hospital, et al., 97 L 14918 (Cook County)

    (2001) Medical Malpractice: Failure to properly interpret an MRI of the brain which was reported as normal, although the study showed three discrete areas of brain infarction. This failure and the failure to treat neurologic symptoms resulted in a stroke after an angiogram procedure.

    Result: $1,350,000.00

    MR v. Loyola University Medical Center, et al., 98 L 9369 (Cook County)

    (2001) Medical Malpractice: During a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, 40 year old woman suffered injuries to her common bile duct resulting in subsequent drain placement for infection and later surgical repair to allow for proper flow of bile from the liver through the common bile duct. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $800,000.00

    MG, Administrator of the Estate of AGz, deceased v. Saint Mary of Nazareth Hospital Center, et al., 96 L 14398 (Cook County)

    (2001) Medical Malpractice: 61 year-old Hispanic man after suffering a TIA or stroke was given Heparin therapy. A brain hemorrhage from excessive Heparin administration occurred within 24 hours causing death. Defendants argued that the hemorrhage was from a stroke in evolution and was a risk of Heparinization. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith

    Result: $1,250,000.00

    CR v. Denis A. Molloy, Jr., D.D.S.,96 L 9093 (Cook County)

    (2000) Dental Malpractice: Dentist failed to take precautions (x-rays and measurements) to avoid overfilling the root canal of the upper first molar, resulting in trigeminal neuropathic pain.

    Result: $750,000.00

    DH and CH, Individually and as Co-Special Administrators of the Estate of AH, a minor, deceased v. The University of Chicago Hospital d/b/a Wyler Children’s Hospital, et al., 94 L 16986 (Cook County)

    (2000) Medical Malpractice: 11 year-old girl being treated for cardiac rhythm disturbances suffered an arrhythmia while showering at home and passed away on April 29, 1994. Defendants failed to address AH’s condition with appropriate medication and failed to provide AH, through her family, with information and recommendation of an implantable cardiac defibrillator during the 18 months she was under their care. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

    Result: $8,000,000.00

  • Education

    • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1995
    • B.S., Indiana University, 1992
  • Admitted Practice

    • Illinois Bar, 1995
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1995
  • Memberships

    • Society of Trial Lawyers
      • 2014-2015 President
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • America Association for Justice
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • Justinian Society
    • Fenwick Bar Association
  • Honors & Awards

    • Leading Lawyers Magazine 2016, Top 100 Lawyers

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