Erin E. Blake focuses in health care law, nursing home liability and medical malpractice. Ms. Blake has participated in the preparation of a variety of cases that have gone to trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
She has helped defend multiple area hospitals, clinics, physicians, nurses, long-term care facilities and group homes for minors with developmental disabilities. Some of the health care litigation claims have included birth injuries resulting in cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia and other conditions. She's also dealt with cases involving post-partum illnesses such as HELLP syndrome, medication errors, ophthalmology claims, decubitus ulcer/wound care claims, psychiatric-care claims, restraints issues, infectious disease issues in pediatric and adult patients, organ transplantation claims, surgical cardiovascular claims and delayed diagnosis claims.
Ms. Blake assisted in obtaining a defense verdict from a Cook County, Ill., jury in favor of the University of Chicago Medical Center following a two-week medical negligence trial in which damages in excess of $45 million were sought. For their efforts, Ms. Blake, Shareholder Matthew L. Johnson and Shareholder/President William V. Johnson won the Outstanding Defense Verdict Award- Medical Malpractice at the 2012 Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Award Ceremony.
During law school, Ms. Blake was a law clerk in the Medical Malpractice Claims Department at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is currently President of the Matthew Lee Bailey Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization that awards 8th grade students from the Beverly neighborhood scholarships to Mt. Carmel High School. The foundation, whose purpose is to promote the importance of friendship and community service, has awarded seven high school scholarships since its inception in 2007.