We recently settled a difficult liability case against a hospital, a medical corporation that employed a neurologist, and other parties. Our client suffered a spinal cord injury. Her future needs will be provided for and she is well pleased with the settlement. Bruce Pfaff, Matt Ports, and the firm's staff worked very hard on the case for years.
N.B. What follows is the text of a pamphlet authored for JCAHO. We have reproduced it with our comment that this is good advice, whether coming from a health organization or a law firm. Healthcare settings can be dangerous and mis-information can lead to tragic consequences. Please do your best to communicate clearly with your healthcare team and to make sure they communicate clearly with you. You should know what the treatment plan is and make sure that is what happens. Please remember you have the right to discharge your doctor and replace him or her with someone whom you feel is more suitable. Good luck-Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd.
Attorney Bruce Pfaff was quoted in an article, "The Elephant in the Room," by Emily Donovan, which was published today by the Chicago Lawyer magazine. In the article, Pfaff shares his thoughts on the process of researching and retaining expert witnesses -- as well as the often challenging task of finding doctors willing to testify as experts for plaintiffs in medical malpractices cases.
After recent unhappy hospital experiences with a family member and reviewing a wonderful article by Sumathi Reddy in The Wall Street Journal January 10, 2017, I have some thoughts on obtaining good medical care and protecting family members who are being treated.
We are currently prosecuting a case against Osco for negligently failing to warn a patient and the prescribing doctor that the drug Reglan should not be taken for more than 12 weeks "except in rare cases." The doctor prescribed and the pharmacy dispensed Reglan to our client for more than 6 years. He acquired a disabling movement disorder, tardive dyskinesia, from taking Reglan. That side effect is exactly the reason why the FDA required Reglan's manufacturer to place a black box warning about not taking the drug for more than 12 weeks on the package insert beginning in 2009. The package insert went only to the pharmacy; the patient did not receive the package insert, nor did the doctor. We expect to try the case in 2017.
Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. filed a new lawsuit today in Tazewell County Circuit Court against Pekin Hospital, Pekin ProHealth, Inc., and the estate of Dr. Dwayne McQuitty. The suit was filed on behalf of the surviving wife of a 35-year-old Pekin man who bled to death in April after a negligently performed kidney operation, and failure of the doctors and hospital employees to diagnose and treat post-operative internal bleeding.
Matthew D. Ports of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. recently negotiated a $1.8 million settlement for the wrongful death of a newborn, survived by his loving mother and father. We claimed that the delivering physician and the nurses failed to identify the baby's deteriorating condition as could be seen on the fetal monitoring strips. We believe that a c-section done at any time in the hours before delivery would have easily saved the child.
Bruce R. Pfaff and Matthew D. Ports of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., recently settled a medical malpractice case on behalf of a 64-year-old woman who was negligently treated at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights back in May 2011. On December 30, 2015, Judge James N. O'Hara approved the $5 million settlement agreement that was reached between the family, three defendants doctors, their employer, Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois and Indiana, and the hospital. The case was set to begin trial on January 4, 2016, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.