David J. Thompson concentrates his practice on health care law, with a focus on medical malpractice and nursing home care defense. His cases cover a wide range of claims brought against hospitals and skilled nursing facilities throughout Illinois. Prior to joining Johnson and Bell, Mr. Thompson worked at two prominent plaintiff's personal injury law firms, representing individuals in medical negligence and nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
Mr. Thompson’s practice also includes general liability defense, including premises liability. In 2017, Mr. Thompson co-chaired a jury trial involving a premises liability claim arising at a hospital. Plaintiff claimed that he was improperly transported on a gurney and injured his foot resulting in an infection and toe amputations. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $1.5M in damages. After a five day trial, the jury returned a not guilty verdict for his client.
In 2018, Mr. Thompson obtained summary judgment in favor of a hospital client in a premises liability lawsuit. Plaintiff filed suit against the hospital and a contractor claiming that the two defendants had created a dangerous condition by allowing a construction ladder to remain unsecured and in an unsafe position. Mr. Thompson successfully argued that the ladder’s dangerous condition did not rise to such a level as to put the hospital on notice. The Judge agreed, dismissing the case against his client with prejudice.
Mr. Thompson earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While earning his degree, Mr. Thompson also received a certificate in criminal litigation, CALI Awards for Excellence, and numerous inclusions on the Dean's Honor List. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association.