Chicago, Client Results, Firm News, Health Care, Johnson & Bell

Schiller Receives Directed Verdict for the Defense in $20M Med Mal Case

December 8, 2016

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Gregory E. Schiller, received a directed verdict for his client, a neurosurgeon, in a wrongful death medical malpractice case.  The estate of the plaintiff was seeking more than $20 million in damages.  In this case, the estate of the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against two neurosurgeons, a pharmacy corporation and two pharmacists, claiming that an excessive dosage of Dilaudid caused the plaintiff’s decedent to suffer both spinal and brain infarctions leading to quadriplegia and subsequent death, approximately three and a half years later.  The defense argued that their client complied with the requisite standard of care when he ordered Dilaudid (4-6mg if the pain reached 7-10), because the plaintiff’s decedent’s severe post-surgical pain was not being controlled by Morphine and Norco.  After eight weeks of trial, Johnson & Bell asked the court for a directed verdict in favor of their client.  The court granted the directed verdict.  The case remains pending against the pharmacy and the pharmacists.

About Johnson & Bell

Clients rely on Johnson & Bell to defend their interests in court.  Since 1975, we have developed a reputation for providing legal counsel that accomplishes our clients’ business objectives. Building on a track record of success handling major catastrophic personal injury cases, Johnson & Bell continues to represent numerous clients across a broad array of business concerns. We work with clients to mediate, settle or litigate their business issues.  In addition, our lawyers represent clients in a wide range of commercial transactions and commercial litigation in both State and Federal court, locally and throughout the country.

View All Insights

Stay Connected

Join our e-newsletter for the latest
from Johnson & Bell.

Related Attorney(s)

Related Industry Sector(s)

Johnson & Bell

33 West Monroe Street
Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois
© 2022 Johnson & Bell, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.