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Practice Area: Medical Negligence & Healthcare

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Submit Amicus Brief for Illinois Defense Counsel

Pretzel & Stouffer partners, Rich Burgland and Donald Eckler, filed an amicus brief in the Illinois Supreme Court in support of the petitioner in Crim v. Dietrich on behalf of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. This case deals with whether a party is required to file a post-trial motion to preserve issues decided …

July 2019 | Firm News

Trial Victory for Residents and Interns on Timely Diagnosis of MRSA Infection

Brian Henry and Sommer Luzynczyk obtained a jury verdict in favor of a resident physician and an intern who allegedly failed to timely diagnose and treat a necrotizing MRSA skin infection in a nine-day-old neonate. The plaintiff argued that the defendants failed to appreciate that an area of discoloration and redness on the infant’s front and lateral chest …

March 2019 | Firm News

Trial Victory for Pulmonologist

Pretzel & Stouffer partners, Brian T. Henry and Michael A. Barry, successfully defended a pulmonologist against a wrongful death claim by the family of a woman who alleged that the defendant failed to timely diagnose the decedent’s lung cancer, which later spread to the decedent’s brain and caused her death. At trial, the plaintiff contended that given the …

January 2018 | Firm News

Summary Judgement Won and Upheld Due to Lack of Medical Causation

The Appellate Court of Illinois has affirmed summary judgment for several doctors and professional corporations finding that the trial court properly found no genuine issue of material fact as to whether any of the defendants proximately caused the plaintiff’s injury. Robert Marc Chemers and Scott L. Howie of Pretzel & Stouffer prepared and defended the appellate brief on behalf …

January 2018 | Firm News

Trial Victory for Surgeon

Pretzel & Stouffer Partner Brian C. Rocca and Michael A. Barry successfully defended a surgeon against a wrongful death claim by the family of a woman who was admitted to the hospital for respiratory distress, diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, and placed on blood thinners. She developed a rectus sheath hematoma, and Plaintiff alleged that she bled to death because …

May 2016 | Firm News

Trial Victory for Otolaryngology Surgeon (ENT/HNS)

Pretzel & Stouffer partner Brian C. Rocca and Michael A. Barry successfully defended an ENT surgeon in a case brought by the family of a woman who at the age of 32 underwent sinus and septal surgery and allegedly contracted bacterial meningitis the next day. She was a high-level master’s degreed biomedical engineer who claimed to have permanent brain …

May 2016 | Firm News

Edward Ruff – Speaker at FDCC 2016 Winter Meeting

Edward B. Ruff, a Partner, and frequent speaker spoke at this year’s FDCC Winter Meeting in San Diego, CA. Ed spoke to conference attendees during two separate meetings. During a plenary session, Ed spoke on the “Fantastic Voyage” of how the use of nanotechnology in the medical arena will impact medical liability claims in the future. …

March 2016 | Firm News

Pharmacy Defeats Product Liability Claim

Richard Waris and Tom Draths obtained a complete dismissal for their pharmacy client, which was defending against claims of negligence and breach of implied warranty in relation to a product liability prescription drug case. The dismissal came as the customer was involved in a nationwide class action lawsuit regarding the side-effects of the specific medication. Mr. …

July 2015 | Firm News

Emergency Medicine Seminar

Brian Henry recently taught at the annual Medical Legal Seminar for emergency medicine residents at the University of Chicago Medical Center. This week-long seminar has been held annually for more than 40 years and Mr. Henry has taught for a day at that seminar for close to 30 years.

July 2015 | Firm News

Dismissal of Medical Negligence and Tortious Interference Lawsuit Brought by Neurosurgical Resident Against Multi-disciplinary Medical Evaluation Team

Donald J. O’Meara, Jr. obtained dismissal of a multi-count medical negligence lawsuit brought by a plaintiff physician against a Chicago-area internist. The Plaintiff, a neurosurgery resident at an out-of-state medical center, alleged that he underwent an evaluation by a multi-disciplinary medical team comprised of Chicago-area physicians. The medical team had been retained by the Plaintiff’s employer …

November 2014 | Firm News

Judgment on Behalf of a Hospital Client in a Case of Alleged Apparent Agency

Matt Egan recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of a hospital client in a case of alleged apparent agency. The Arabic-speaking plaintiff patient claimed to not be able to read English, and he had no prior relationship with the independently employed physician who was alleged to be the hospital’s apparent agent. The plaintiff claimed the physician …

September 2014 | Firm News

Presentation to Eye Care Professionals

Equity Partner Dan Mills was a featured speaker for the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (ISEP) and Chicago Ophthalmology Society (COS) Seminar entitled, “Academy Rules of Ethics: A Sword and Shield in Litigation” on March 7, 2014. The presentation involved a mock trial for several hundred physicians.

May 2014 | Firm News