$5.75 million to a 57 year old single woman with terminal lung cancer against a teaching hospital. She was admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of lung cancer and had her right lung surgically removed. While in the hospital, an epidural catheter was placed in the plaintiff’s back for administrative narcotic pain medication. In the ensuing 12 hours, the hospital gave the patient heparin and lovenox, both anticoagulants, and toradol resulting in permanent paralysis from the chest down. Her life expectancy at the time of the settlement was 1-2 years. The case was resolved at mediation within one year of filing the lawsuit.
$2.0 million verdict for the death of an unmarried 34 year old with a 5 year old daughter in California. The plaintiff suffered multiple injuries including a traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a car. He was transferred to a nursing and rehabilitation center located in a northwest suburb of Illinois. While at that center, the plaintiff was fed through a gastric feeding tube through his abdomen. The plaintiff pulled out his feeding tube and it was reinserted by a nurse at the center. The plaintiff was fed through the feeding tube and immediately complained of abdominal pain. His treating physician was called and the doctor transferred the plaintiff to a nearby hospital where he died. This matter was tried with a jury finding both the nursing home and the doctor liable and awarded $2,000,000. The plaintiff’s only next of kin was his daughter who he saw three times since her birth and was not providing any financial support to her.
$1.975 million settlement in Lake County for birth injuries. The settlement occurred at the start of the trial. The new born boy was delivered at a Lake County hospital on February 13, 2002. His mother had contracted the flu four days prior to the delivery. During labor, the mother’s temperature increased and the child was delivered via cesarean section. He was subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The defendant doctor claimed that the child’s cerebral palsy was due to an invetro infection that occurred days before his delivery. The doctor supported this claim with testimony from a nationally known placental pathologist, a nationally known pediatric neuroradiologist who testified that the child’s brain injury as shown on CT scans predated his delivery and a neo-maternal fetal medicine specialist who testified that the defendant doctor complied with the standard of care and that the child’s injury.
$1.95 million for the medical negligence and the wrongful death of a 46 year old woman during bypass surgery.
$1.70 million for medical negligence to a newborn for failure to diagnose fetal distress.
$1.1 million medical malpractice settlement for the death of a 21 year old woman for the failure to diagnose and treat her pulmonary embolism.
$1.0 million for the medical negligence and wrongful death of a 53 year old woman for failure to treat coronary artery disease.
$1.75 million involving the death of a 3 year old child from undiagnosed strep throat that turned into strep pneumonia. The child was seen by her pediatrician 3 days before her death with symptoms of a fever, red throat and vomiting within the past 24 hours. Her brother presented at the same time with a red throat, no fever and swollen eardrums. The pediatrician did not perform a rapid strep test on the deceased and diagnosed her as suffering from a viral throat infection. The doctor did not prescribe any antibiotics for the strep throat which spread to her lungs resulting in her death.
$1.30 million for the medical negligence of performing an emergency C-section resulting in cerebral palsy due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
$1.50 million to the family of a man who died as a result of a doctor’s failure to diagnose and treat meningitis.
$1.10 million involving the wrongful death of a mentally challenged adult while a patient at a hospital which went out of business. The deceased was survived by his mother and 2 adult sisters. The defendant’s insurance policy was not responsible for the first $500,000 because of the self-insured retention; the case settled for $600,000 making the value of the settlement $1.10 million.
$800,000 settlement involving a 68 year old Polish immigrant who was receiving anticoagulant therapy for atrial fibrillation at a hospital. While being monitored at the hospital, the hospital failed to properly monitor his therapy and consequently the plaintiff suffered a stroke rendering him a hemiplegic. He was in the United States illegally and returned to Poland where he died 1 ½ years later unrelated to this injury.
$750,000 to a 27 year old woman who suffered a perforated distal remnant of her stomach due to medical negligence during bariatric surgery.
$125,000 for the medical negligence of a newborn who suffered 2nd degree burns to his heel when his treating pediatrician placed a diaper that was soaked in hot water on the child’s heel to increase circulation for a blood draw. The child has some minor scarring on his heel, but no functional impairment.