In settlements just approved by Judge Rebecca Foley in McLean County, two wrongful death cases were resolved for a total of $4,050,000. Shirley Jones, 78, and Kristine Trudeau, 66, were passengers in a car driven by Shirley's husband, John Jones, in Villa Grove, Douglas County, IL. It was dark and the Jones vehicle rear-ended a skid steer loader being driven on the 55 mph two lane road by an employee of Stark Equipment Co. The crash occurred December 7, 2018. Bruce Pfaff of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. of Chicago represented both estates.
Pfaff, Gill and Ports recently filed suit on behalf of the surviving husband and children of Corina Miller. Corina was a 41-year-old woman who lived in Wyoming, Illinois. She died on July 11, 2017 when the Jeep vehicle she was driving on a country road struck and went under a tanker trailer that was being backed across the road into a farmer's driveway. The trailer had no side underride guards and was not conspicuous on a dark road with no artificial lighting. Her Jeep did not have any forward collision warning or braking systems. The suit names the farmer, the trucker and his employer, as well as the manufacturer of the 2014 Jeep Patriot and the tanker trailer. It is pending in Peoria County, IL. For more about this case, read our current lawsuit filed in Peoria County.
Last week, the firm filed suit on behalf of Daniel Sopocy's children in Lake County. Daniel died from traumatic head injuries he sustained after the Beachbody P90X Chin Up Bar he was using in the family home disengaged from its mounting place over a doorway. He fell to the concrete floor and struck his head. The firm has sued Beachbody for selling an unreasonably dangerous product. Daniel is survived by his three children. For more on the case, see our lawsuit filed against Beachbody.
A 35-year-old electrician learned he had a cancerous lesion in his right kidney in March 2016. He was referred to a urologist who told him and his wife that he required survival removal of the kidney, a nephrectomy. The urologist told them the cancer was Stage I, it would not require chemo or radiation therapy, and the man would return to work in 4-6 weeks with no residual injury. His life expectancy was to be little diminished by the cancer or surgery. That turned out to be wrong.
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.
The deaths of two downstate Illinois workers have resulted in a $6 million settlement to their estates.
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.
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.
Changes to Illinois law could affect the amount that could be awarded in cases of hospital negligence. These changes are being considered by legislators and will be voted on in the future. However, in the meantime, victims of hospital negligence and other types of medical malpractice are stepping forward to discuss how their lives have changed since they or their loved ones suffered injuries.