Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
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$10,000,000 Chicago Medical Malpractice Settlement – Birth Injury
The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
$7,000,000 Chicago Medical Malpractice Settlement – Negligently Performed Abdominal Surgery
The plaintiff, a young woman, went to a Chicago hospital for a surgical procedure to re-sect an abdominal tumor. During the surgery, the doctor, a gynecological surgeon, damaged the plaintiff’s bowel, resulting in eventual loss of the bowel. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the negligent surgeon and the hospital that he worked for nearly 2 and 1/2 years. Eventually, after a trial date was set, the case settled after multiple mediation sessions.
$4,000,000 Chicago Medical Malpractice Settlement – Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer
The plaintiff, a 30 year old man, was in the process of emigrating to the United States from South Africa. As part of that process, he had a chest x-ray. The x-ray showed a small nodule and the doctors in South Africa told him to have it checked out upon his arrival in the United States. The plaintiff did just that and went to a highly renowned radiologist who did some further testing. The doctor assured the plaintiff that he just had a cyst and there was nothing to worry about. A few years later, while driving to work, the plaintiff began coughing up blood. He went to the hospital and was eventually diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. A lawsuit was filed on his behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the radiological specialist and the hospital that he worked for. The case was “fast tracked” based upon prognosis of the plaintiff. It wasn’t until soon before trial that the case settled.
$3,100,000 Medical Malpractice Verdict – Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
The plaintiff, a 39 year old woman, noticed a lump on one of her breasts. She promptly reported it to her family physician who ordered a mammogram. The mammogram came back negative and her doctor (and his partner in private practice) ordered no further follow-up in the years that followed. Due to a change in insurance, the plaintiff had to switch primary care physicians. The plaintiff reported the lump to her new doctor who sent her to a general surgeon for a biopsy. The biopsy came back positive. A radical mastectomy was performed as was a lymph node resection by a general surgeon. The lump turned out to be cancer which had spread to seventeen of twenty-two lymph nodes. The plaintiff underwent radiation therapy and chemotherapy. At the time of trial, her cancer had not recurred. Though the plaintiff claimed she reported changes in the lump over the years, the defendant doctors said she did not. Further, the defendant doctors argued that, based upon a doubling time analysis, even if the plaintiff had been diagnosed much earlier, her outcome would have been the same. From the outset, the defense made clear that there would be no offer on this case. At trial, plaintiff used a family physician, a general surgeon and an oncologist as her experts. The defense used four experts to contest the case, the same types of experts that the plaintiff used plus a pathologist. The jury awarded the plaintiff and her husband $3,100,000. The defendants appealed the verdict and the plaintiff was victorious in the appellate court as well. The entire verdict amount was paid, plus interest.
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