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  • Second-chair attorney in trial resulting in defense verdict for a major academic hospital in a pressure ulcer case where plaintiff sought $2.75M in damages.Plaintiff alleged Johnson & Bell's hospital client was negligent by failing to prevent and treat a sacral pressure ulcer, which progressed to a Stage IV wound. Plaintiff alleged the wound became infected and caused sepsis, resulting in death from septic shock. The defense maintained that the decedent’s heart attack from three months prior resulted in a ventricular septal defect, causing cardiac failure and decreased perfusion throughout the entire body. The defense argued that the decedent’s wound was unavoidable due to her poor cardiac state, and that her death was caused by cardiac failure, rather than sepsis. The jury deliberated for less than 90 minutes before returning a verdict for the defense. (2017)
  • Assisted in securing dismissal with prejudice and no payment for hospital client in Cook County. Plaintiff alleged a co-defendant hospital and our hospital client allowed a sacral pressure ulcer to form and progress to a Stage IV wound.The defense maintained that the development and alleged worsening of the wound was due to the decedent’s immobility following a severe stroke, his ventilator dependence, and his numerous chronic health conditions. Despite Plaintiff’s pretrial demand of $850,000, our client was dismissed with prejudice and no payment on the second day of trial. (2016)
  • Second-chair attorney in trial resulting in compromised verdict in directed liability case as to nursing home in Cook County. The plaintiff’s Complaint alleged a hip fracture, infection at the surgical site requiring multiple surgeries before removal of the infected rod,  and death of a 68 year old.  Due to rulings prior to trial, the case was tried as an essentially admitted liability case.  The medical specials for the substantial post occurrence care were $580,000, which had been reduced from $670,000 during motions in limine.  The plaintiff asked for $8.5 million and received an award less than the $1 million insurance  (2016)
  • Second-chair attorney in trial resulting in defense verdict for a large operator of nursing homes in a pressure ulcer case where plaintiff sought $6.3 million in damages.The estate for the plaintiff sought damages from our nursing home client, co-defendant hospital and one of the hospital's doctors. The plaintiff alleged that defendants missed a hip fracture and were negligent relating to a sacral and heel pressure ulcer. The decedent lived five years with the wound, before her death. Against the nursing home, the plaintiff argued against the nursing home that there were deviations from the standard of care, violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and presented graphic photos of the wounds. Defense countered that the pressure ulcers were timely diagnosed and treated and that the plaintiff's underlying medical problems were the cause of the pressure ulcer formation and alleged worsening.  The other two defendants in the case, a hospital and a treating physician from that hospital, both received guilty verdicts. (2015)