Medical Malpractice Verdicts & Settlements

At Phillips Law Offices, we would like to share some of our successful medical malpractice cases. These are just a few examples of the difference we have made in our clients’ lives by dedicating the experience and talents of our attorneys and support team to helping our clients.

  • ___ v. Suburban Lung Associates, et. al. In this case our client arrived at Central DuPage Hospital with a very unusual abdominal infection. This caused her to go into shock and thereafter be deprived of oxygen to her brain. All of the treating physicians indicated that they had no idea why our client sustained brain damaged. We were able to prove, through retaining some of the most qualified expert witnesses in the country, that the overwhelmingly likely cause of her brain damage was the failure of the defendants to recognize her low oxygen state during the course of her infection and shock. At trial, Phillips Law Offices obtained a $7 million verdict on behalf of our client against the defendants who refused to pay any money to settle the case.
  • ___ v. Loyola University Hospitals.  An insurance executive entered Loyola University Hospitals for elective cardiac bypass surgery. Towards the end of the successful surgery, he started experiencing low pulse rates which eventually led to a cardiac arrest and brain damage. The medical records were vague as far as the events surrounding the cardiac arrest. As a result of persistence, taking depositions of each person present in the operating room, as well as knowledge of medicine, Stephen Phillips was able to prove that the attending surgeon was not present in the room at the time of the low pulse rate and the resident who was assigned to finish the case did not bother to call him to tell him that our client’s pulse rate was dangerously low. Phillips Law Offices was able to recover $7 million.
  • ___ v. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.  A 37-year-old lady entered the hospital for an elective gynecological procedure following a miscarriage. During the course of the procedure she went into cardiac arrest and died three weeks thereafter. Initially the hospital indicated that if this was a valid lawsuit it was only against the anesthesiologist, an independent contractor and not an employee of the hospital. We were able to convince the hospital that they had an absolute obligation to supervise and monitor the attending anesthesiologist despite his independent contractor status. We went “behind” the label assigned to the doctor by the hospital and investigated the anesthesiologist and found out that the hospital employees had notified the hospital administration on two prior occasions that they thought that this anesthesiologist was borderline incompetent and at times dangerous. The hospital paid $4.6 million of the total recovery of $5.6 million. At the beginning of the case, the hospital’s lawyers told us they would never pay any money to settle this case.
  • ___ v. Watts, et. al. This case was referred to Stephen D. Phillips by a defense attorney who had opposed him on other cases. The plaintiffs were his childhood friends and he wanted them to get what he thought was the best representation he could find for them. When the plaintiffs came to our office, this case had already been rejected by four other plaintiff’s law firms as not provable. We took the case over and through our thorough research and persistent requests of the hospital, including personally going to the hospital to examine the medical records on microfiche, we were able to find that there were 23 minutes of critical fetal monitor strips that were never turned over to the plaintiffs or prior plaintiff’s counsel.  These showed that this child should have been delivered by Cesarean section long before he was injured by vaginal delivery. We were able to obtain justice for this child when it looked as though his valid claim was going to go uncompensated and be swept under the rug. Recovery of $5.1 million.

Brachial Plexus Injury In Newborn – Aggressive Delivery By Physician: THREE MILLION FIFTY TWO THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY THREE DOLLARS ($3,052,283.00) Jury Verdict

Stephen D. Phillips and Terrence M. Quinn
Our client gave birth to a 9 pound 7 ounce baby. Shortly after delivery, the baby was noted to have a fractured clavicle as well as a limp right arm. We alleged that the doctor used excessive force to deliver the baby. The defense made no offer to settle this case as they contended that the natural forces of labor caused the injury and that the doctor used the appropriate amount of force. We were very pleased that the jury concluded that the doctor caused the brachial plexus injury to our clients’ daughter during birth. The verdict will help pay for her future medical care, surgeries, and therapy which she will require throughout her life.

SEVEN MILLION DOLLAR ($7,000,000.00) Verdict For Brain Injured Woman No Offer To Settle By These Defendants

On February 27, 2007, a $7,000,000.00 verdict was obtained by Stephen D. Phillips on behalf of a 39 year old woman as a result of negligent medical care she received while in the intensive care unit of a hospital. In July 2000, our client developed symptoms of an abdominal infection. She was placed in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, under the care of intensive care physicians. We alleged that the physicians did not properly monitor and treat her serious condition. Due to the failure to properly evaluate her respiratory status and place her on mechanical ventilation, she developed lack of oxygen which led to severe brain damage. As a result, our client presently requires 24 hour a day care.

“The facts of this case clearly show that the physicians were not monitoring her appropriately and did not come to her bedside when she needed immediate care. We a are pleased that the jury reached this result,” said Stephen D. Phillips. This verdict will allow our client the 24 hour a day care that she desperately needs and allow her family members to hire health care professionals to supply that care.

The trial in this case lasted five weeks. Mr. Phillips tried this case with the assistance of
Our client, who was 18 years old, had chest pain and went to the emergency room. She had pain in her arm and told the doctors that she had prior incidents of chest pain. The physicians ordered an exercise stress test. During the test, while she was running on the treadmill, she collapsed suffering a lethal heart attack. We argued that the stress test should not have been performed because of her history of chest pain, pain into her arm, and the results of blood tests. The family was grateful for our efforts in obtaining compensation for the tragic loss of their teenage daughter.

Unsafe Product Results In Wrongful Death Of 62- Year Old Woman: TWO MILLION, TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,250,000.00)

and Terrence M. Quinn
Following a heart attack, our client underwent a medical procedure to re-establish blood flow through a blocked heart artery. The physicians performing this procedure used a small device to re-open the artery. The device either broke or came apart during the procedure causing uncontrolled bleeding, which led to bilateral leg amputations before her death a few weeks later. One question motivated our efforts to obtain justice for the family: Why would the manufacturer run the risk of unintentional detachment associated with virtually any two-piece device? In answer to this question, we learned that this was another tragic example of a corporation’s placing “profits over people.” Despite industry standards requiring a one piece design, the manufacturer continued to produce the more dangerous, two-piece design because a small minority of physicians preferred that design, and thus they could sell a few more products.

Unsafe Food Machine, Without Warnings, Kills Factory Worker: ONE MILLION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,350,000.00)

Stephen D. Phillips, and Terrence M. Quinn
A 32 year old unmarried maintenance worker was killed while performing maintenance on a food refrigeration machine which contained anhydrous ammonia. During routine maintenance, he opened part of the machine that sprayed ammonia in his face and lungs. Once inhaled, the ammonia burned his lungs and ultimately caused his death. We claimed the machine lacked proper warnings and that the operator’s manual was unclear in its instructions on how to maintain the machine. The defense argued that our client did not follow the instructions in the manual, that his employer did not train him, and that warnings would not have made a difference. This case settled one week into trial. It provides us great satisfaction to obtain compensation for the family of a hard working maintenance man, who despite taking the time to read the manual, was subjected to working on an unsafe product.

Iron Worker Forced To Work In Small, Confined, Unsafe Space On Construction Site: SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($750,000)

Stephen D. Phillips Our client a journeyman ironworker, was working on a construction project that involved putting additional floors on top of an existing building. As part of that task, the iron workers were assigned to weld 600 pound large metal plates onto vertical columns to support the additional weight being added to the top floors. The area in which our client was forced to work was too small to allow scaffolding or proper access to the columns for the iron workers to safely perform their work. The general contractor refused to correct the conditions or increase the size of the work area, because it would cost them too much money. Unfortunately for our client, as an iron worker, if he objects to doing something on a job site, his days of iron working are numbered. Iron workers are expected to “get things done.” Our client injured his shoulder which required two surgeries and thirteen months of physical therapy.

Automobile Collision Leads To Botched Back Surgery – Case Settled The Day of Closing Arguments: FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($550,000)

Stephen D. Phillips
The Plaintiff, a 32 year old man, was struck broad side in an automobile collision. Our client then underwent surgery on his back, which we contended was performed below the herniated disc that was causing his pain and symptoms. This case settled after three weeks of trial, before closing arguments were scheduled to begin.

PHILLIPS LAW OFFICES INVESTIGATING FOOD-POISONING CASES

Phillips Law Offices is investigating claims on behalf of persons who became ill with Salmonella infections days after eating at the Pars Cove booth at the “Taste of Chicago” festival in downtown Chicago. As of July 23, the City of Chicago Public Health Department had identified 736 people who reported becoming ill after eating food purchased from the Pars Cove Taste of Chicago booth. The Department reported that 124 Salmonella infections had been confirmed through laboratory testing, with 98 of those being identified as Salmonella Heidelberg, the outbreak strain. 32 people were known to have been hospitalized.

Phillips Law Offices is also investigating claims on behalf of persons who became ill with Norovirus Infection in early Spring, 2007, just days after eating at Gino’s East Restaurant in downtown Chicago. Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis in humans. Most food-borne outbreaks of norovirus illness are thought to arise though direct contamination of food by a food handler immediately before its consumption. Persons with norovirus infection usually experience vomiting, watery non-bloody diarrhea with abdominal cramps, and nausea.

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