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Medical Malpractice

Every day, people trust doctors with their lives. That’s a reasonable assumption – physicians and other healthcare professionals have a sworn duty to provide safe, ethical and accurate medical treatment to their patients. But that doesn’t always happen. As many as 250,000 people in America are the victims of medical malpractice every year.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

  • $33.2 Million Jury Verdict - March 05 2009 LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok...

    $33.2 Million Jury Verdict

    March 05 2009

    LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a $33.2 million verdict last night on behalf of a 22-year-old young man, who was injured in a car accident. The trial was heard before the Honorable Christopher Starck who entered judgment on the jury’s verdict in Lake County, Illinois. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter (Law Bulletin Publishing Company), the father and son Salvi legal team—in their first jury trial together – exceeded the previous Lake County verdict record by nearly $10 million.

    On November 19, 2006, William Klairmont, then 18-years-old, was driving intoxicated on Route 43 in Lake Bluff, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving—crashing into a utility box. The accident paralyzed the vehicle’s passenger, Plaintiff, then 19-years-old, from the chest down. Tests later showed that Klairmont had a blood-alcohol level of 0.146, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08 for adults. The ‘black box’ in Klairmont’s car indicated that seconds before the accident, the vehicle was traveling at 120-miles-per-hour. The trial was only on damages because Klairmont admitted fault. The Plaintiff was not accused of doing anything wrong. During the trial, jurors heard testimony about the Plaintiff’s past and future medical needs, the difficulties of his day-to-day life, and his employability.

    “Fortunately for our client, the vehicle Mr. Klairmont was driving was borrowed by his father’s employer from a second family corporation. Insurance-wise, this should allow our client the opportunity to collect much, if not all, of the verdict,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Sr. and Jim Nyeste, another member of the plaintiff’s legal team.

    In February, the Plaintiff settled with Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest, for her $2.5 million homeowner’s insurance policy limit. Mrs. Pfeifer owned the home at which William Klairmont became intoxicated.

    “The outcome in this case is the recognition by a Lake County jury that our client has suffered a tremendous loss. The jury did the right thing,” said Patrick A. Salvi II. “This verdict will take care of our client’s medical needs for the rest of his life so that he can live as full a life as possible in the face of physical disabilities.”

  • $29.1 Million Verdict - September 06 2011 CHICAGO, IL – The United States Court of Appeals for the...

    $29.1 Million Verdict

    September 06 2011

    CHICAGO, IL – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today affirmed a $29.1 million medical malpractice verdict.

    On April 2, 2010, attorneys David J. Pritchard and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., secured the $29.1 million verdict on behalf of Christian Arroyo. Judge Amy St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois rendered the verdict for Christian and against the United States of America after a week-long bench trial. The government-employed doctors were found guilty of negligence having to do with their obstetrical and neonatal care. The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard proved that prophylactic measures to prevent infection should have been taken prior to Christian’s birth and that the signs and symptoms of a neonatal infection were missed, causing profound brain damage.

    The government appealed the verdict based on the statue of limitations. The government said that the suit was untimely because it was brought more than 2 years after the baby was discharged from the hospital following birth. Attorneys case-resultsfully argued that the lawsuit was timely filed because the Arroyos did not know and had no reason to know that the brain injury had any sort of doctor or government cause.

    Today, Christian Arroyo is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He cannot walk, talk or eat through his mouth.

    Attorney Patrick Salvi II said: “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed this verdict on behalf of Christian, and rejected the government’s attempt to avoid responsibility for the misconduct of the doctors involved by asserting that they should have been sued sooner.  The money will be essential in giving this young man a chance in life given his severe and permanent disabilities.

    For more information on the Arroyo case [07C4912], or the Law Firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., please contact Patrick Salvi II at (312) 372 -1227 or psalvi2@salvilaw.com.

  • $15.5 Million Settlement - Truck accident kills man and seriously injures woman.

    $15.5 Million Settlement

    Truck accident kills man and seriously injures woman.

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FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE A CASE

TALK TO AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY

If you believe you are a victim of medical negligence in Illinois, contact an experienced malpractice attorney immediately. Medical malpractice cases are very demanding and require a lot of evidence, so it is best for a lawyer to get started on your case right away.

Call Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., at 877-975-7991 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation. With offices in Chicago and Waukegan, our firm represents victims of medical malpractice throughout Illinois.

About Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical practitioner makes an error or fails to properly diagnose or treat an illness, resulting in a patient’s injury or death. New studies published in the journal Health Affairs suggest that significant adverse events may occur in as many as 1 in 3 hospital admissions.

Medical malpractice can have tragic consequences for victims and their families. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences estimates that 98,000 people die from injuries related to medical negligence every year.  Many others suffer lifelong disabilities as a result of their malpractice-related injuries.

Doctors are not the only people who may be held liable in a medical malpractice claim. Hospitals, hospital staff, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals may be other defendants in your malpractice action, depending on what happened and how your injury occurred.

Examples of Medical Mistakes

Unfortunately, medical malpractice takes many forms. Negligence can arise from both a doctor’s action – such as removing the wrong limb – or from inaction, such as failing to notice signs of fetal distress during labor and delivery.

Common examples of medical negligence include:

  • Surgical errors: Media outlets in recent years have widely publicized the problem of “wrong-site surgery,” which can occur when a doctor amputates the wrong limb or operates on the wrong side of the body. Other examples of surgical mistakes include using unsanitary tools, puncturing an organ and closing a wound with gauze or clamps still inside the body.
  • Birth injuries: Some of the most tragic cases of medical malpractice arise from injuries that happen to newborns in the delivery room. The neglect can stem from a doctor or nurse failing to notice signs of trouble or to act in a timely manner when emergencies arise. Brain injuries, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries and nerve damage are common birth injuries that can dramatically impact the child’s future quality of life.
  • Medication errors: This can occur when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication or dosage, or when he or she neglects to read the patient history sufficiently and misses notes on serious drug allergies.  This can also happen when a pharmacist incorrectly fills the prescription with the wrong medication.
  • Failure to diagnose: Doctors who take incomplete medical histories or ignore symptoms of serious medical conditions, such as cancer or infections, may be held accountable for their inattention in a malpractice claim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that 100,000 people are killed annually from health care-acquired infection alone.
  • Emergency room errors: Healthcare professionals still owe a duty of care to their patients, even in crisis situations. Rushing through an examination could cause them to miss opportunities for treatment and aggravate existing conditions.
  • Misdiagnosis: An improper diagnosis can be just as bad as failing to diagnose, yet patients across America have suffered as a result of misdiagnoses of cancer, strokes and other serious medical conditions.

Contact Our Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today

It is important for you to know that malpractice cases are expensive to litigate, and the compensation you receive may not cover the cost of the case itself. Talking with a skilled attorney can help you determine whether you have the foundations for a strong medical malpractice case against your doctor, hospital, nurse or other medical professional.

The attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., have extensive experience handling medical malpractice claims for clients in Chicago, Waukegan and throughout Illinois. Call 877-975-7991 or go online to arrange a consultation free of charge.

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