In a recently reported wrongful death case, one of America's largest kidney dialysis clinics, DaVita, Inc., was found liable for compensatory and punitive damages arising out of the wrongful deaths of patients who suffered fatal cardiac arrests or ischemic strokes after undergoing dialysis with GranuFlo. DaVita used that dialysis solution which has an increased concentration of acetate that converts to bicarbonate in the body. Even though GranuFlo's manufacturer advised DaVita to notify physicians to adjust patient's bicarbonate prescriptions downward when they were undergoing dialysis with GranuFlo, DaVita did not provide the notification, and many physicians did not make necessary adjustments. This case is yet another example of how poor communication inflicts needless injury and death upon patients. Our office has substantial experience with companies that provide dialysis and in issues similar to this. We seek accountability from those whose negligence or recklessness has caused injury or death of your loved one. We are here to help you navigate a difficult time, please contact us at 872-225-0195 or send us a message online for a free consultation.
When a judge finds a doctor or health care worker guilty of medical malpractice, it can result in large settlements. There have been some high-profile cases in the Chicago that demonstrate different aspects of medical malpractice, how these lawsuits can play out in court and the settlements that can result.
Medical malpractice claims have dropped in recent years. According to recent reports, the total number of malpractice cases as well as overall payments for these cases dropped significantly between 2003 and 2015.
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.
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.
A Tazewell County jury awarded a $5,008,921.72 plaintiff's verdict to the estate a 36-year-old woman who bled to death during a DaVinci robotic hysterectomy procedure at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. The gynecologist, Dr. David Kindred, accidently lacerated her left iliac artery and she bled internally for approximately 2 hours before the injury was detected. Meanwhile, the anesthesia staff, which included Angela Brown, CRNA, and Dr. Eric Hawkins, failed to timely diagnose and treat the internal bleeding, despite the presence of deteriorating vital signs in the patient.
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.