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.
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.
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.