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June 2015 Archives

Surgical negligence claimed after skin cancer operation

A man in another state is suing his doctor after a surgery to remove skin cancer. The surgery was on his nose, and the man claims that he is now disfigured due to the doctor's mistakes. Illinois readers may be interested in this case of alleged surgical negligence.

2015 Pfaff Trial Lawyer Scholarships Awarded

Last year, Bruce Pfaff established the Pfaff Trial Lawyer Scholarship program at his alma mater - University of California, Hastings College of Law, to award two scholarships annually to exceptional students interested in becoming civil trial lawyers. 

Diagnosis errors cited in lawsuit filed after angiogram

A woman in another state is suing a medical corporation and a doctor after undergoing what was supposed to be a simple procedure. Illinois residents may be interested to know that this procedure and the diagnosis errors that occurred as a result allegedly caused permanent injury to the woman. She filed the suit in early April of this year.

$2M Settlement in Diving Case

Michael Gill of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. settled a diving case on behalf of a 12-year-old girl who dove into an above ground pool at a classmate's birthday party and fractured her cervical spine. Plaintiff filed suit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, but was transferred to DeKalb County - 2013 IL App (1st) 130652. The case settled during mediation by Hon. Michael Mahoney (ret.), and was paid by: the homeowners; the pool's manufacturer (Kayak Pool Corporation); the seller and distributor (Kayak Pools Midwest); the manufacturer of a replacement liner (Latham); and three component part manufacturers.

First Settlement in Sperm Loss Cases at Northwestern

On Thursday afternoon, June 4, 2015, a 35-year-old man identified in court papers as "John Anonymous" reached a settlement of his case against Northwestern Faculty Foundation arising out of the destruction of the sperm he banked at Northwestern. The injured party was diagnosed in 2011 with testicular cancer and, on the advice of his doctors, banked sperm for future use since his cancer treatment would render him sterile. Unfortunately, Northwestern Faculty Foundation, the operator of the sperm storage business, stored all of John's samples in one tank and that tank failed in 2012. John's samples thawed and were rendered useless. Due to his cancer treatment, he is unable to conceive a child.

Illinois looks at delivery mistakes in another state

Expecting mothers in Illinois may want to pay attention to a case that has made headlines in another state. A state senator is being sued due to an alleged medical malpractice case in July 2013. According to court documents, this doctor was in charge when a woman's labor was induced. Delivery mistakes were made that caused the woman to develop a MRSA infection. She was treated for the infection and sent home under the care of a separate home health care facility.

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