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Practice Area: Medical Negligence & Healthcare

Alan Schumacher and Alexander Beehler obtain not guilty verdict on behalf of an interventional radiologist

Alan Schumacher and Alexander Beehler obtained a not guilty verdict on behalf of an interventional radiologist and his employer following a jury trial in Cook County. The case involved an allegedly negligent tunneled dialysis catheter exchange procedure for a 42-year-old woman who suffered a decompensation shortly after the procedure. The plaintiff claimed the post-procedure application …

May 2022

Sommer Luzynczyk and Kayla Condeni win dismissal with prejudice

Sommer Luzynczyk and Kayla Condeni win dismissal with prejudice based on lack of standing in a putative class action lawsuit against the estate of a deceased physician. The lawsuit brought in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleged a pattern of conduct extending back 29+ years and involved the alleged failure to administer routine childhood …

May 2022

Legal Malpractice Victory – Dismissal of Claim Against Attorney in Federal Court

Matthew J. Egan and Brendan J. Nelligan successfully defended their client, an attorney for union-sponsored benefit funds, in the United States District Court in Chicago against a claim that the attorney tortiously interfered with the plaintiff’s contract with another company when the attorney notified the other company of the funds’ claim that the plaintiff had …

April 2022

Brian Sundheim & Kelly Kono obtained summary judgment for their client, a psychiatrist, in a case pending in Winnebago County

Pretzel & Stouffer partners Brian Sundheim and Kelly Kono obtained summary judgment for their client, a psychiatrist, in a case pending in Winnebago County. The pleadings alleged violations of the Illinois Mental Health and Disabilities Code and “false imprisonment”, for “involuntary” hospitalization of a patient who had been brought by Rockford paramedics to OSF Saint Anthony’s Hospital after being …

January 2021

Not Guilty Verdict for Internal Medicine Physician

  In what is likely to be the last verdict in Cook County for a while, Pretzel & Stouffer partners Brian Sundheim and Kelly Kono obtained a not guilty verdict on March 17 on behalf of an internal medicine physician. The case involved the alleged failure to diagnose transient ischemic attacks prior to the patient …

March 2020

Henry and Luzynczyk Successfully Defend General Surgeon

  Pretzel & Stouffer partners Brian Henry and Sommer Luzynczyk successfully defended a general surgeon who performed surgery on a 51 year old male who had a large tumor in his colon. The plaintiff alleged that the surgeon performed the wrong surgery, failed to diagnose a leak of the anastomosis, and failed to re-operate. The …

March 2020

Petition for Leave to Appeal Granted by Illinois Supreme Court

  Robert Chemers and Paula Villela recently had a Petition for Leave to Appeal granted by the Illinois Supreme Court. The case involves an Appellate Court opinion in a case of first impression which allowed a #plaintiff in a medical malpractice case to re-designate a previously disclosed controlled expert witness and treating physician as a …

January 2020

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Victory for Resident Physician in MSRA Case

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 area of discoloration and redness on the infant. …

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Not Guilty Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon

Brian Henry and Sommer Luzynczyk obtained a jury verdict in favor of an orthopedic surgeon who repaired a fractured ankle and who was criticized by the subsequent treating ankle specialist. The plaintiff argued that the orthopedic surgeon fixated the medial malleolus fragment in such a way that the fragment impinged and closed down the medial …

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Partial Summary Judgment for Public Hospital

Suzanne Crowley and Scott Howie, recently obtained a partial summary judgment for their client, a public hospital, on the basis of the Tort Immunity Act. In a case filed in Whiteside County, Illinois, the plaintiffs claimed that the hospital was liable for the negligence of a pathologist who mistakenly diagnosed lung cancer in a patient, …

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Not Guilty for Orthopedic Surgeon

Timothy Weaver and Michael A. Barry, recently obtained a defense jury verdict in a medical malpractice case in which the plaintiff claimed that the defendant orthopedic surgeon prescribed excessive and unnecessary antibiotics following surgery for a hand fracture in violation of accepted guidelines causing nine months of severe and debilitating diarrhea due to a Clostridium …

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Dismissal for Periodontist

Alan Schumacher and Tom Draths, recently obtained a victory for a periodontist and his practice arising out of claims of professional malpractice. The plaintiff claimed that the periodontist caused or exacerbated a neuropathic pain syndrome which allegedly negatively impacted nearly every aspect of her daily life. After Al and Tom thoroughly examined the plaintiff’s medical …

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Not Guilty Verdict for Cardiologist

  A Pretzel & Stouffer trial team of Edward Ruff and Mimi Moon obtained a not guilty jury verdict in Cook County, Illinois for a defendant cardiologist who discharged a 61 year-old female patient from a renowned teaching hospital. Twelve hours after being discharged, the patient died from an intra-abdominal hemorrhage. Plaintiff’s allegation against the …

May 2019 | Firm News

Defense Verdict against Plaintiff Patient/Lawyer

Michael Barry and Timothy Weaver obtained a defense jury verdict in a medical malpractice case in which a lawyer claimed that the defendant orthopedic surgeon prescribed excessive and unnecessary antibiotics following surgery for a hand fracture in violation of widely accepted guidelines and thus caused her 9 months of severe and debilitating diarrhea due to Clostridium difficile infection. …

March 2019 | Firm News

Defense Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon’s Ankle Fracture Repair

Brian Henry and Sommer Luzynczyk obtained a jury verdict for an orthopedic surgeon who repaired a fractured ankle and who was criticized by the subsequent treating ankle specialist. The plaintiff argued that the orthopedic surgeon fixated the medial malleolus fragment in such a way that the fragment impinged and closed down the medial clear space which resulted in …

March 2019 | Firm News

Defense Verdict against Plaintiff Patient/Dentist

Timothy Weaver and Michael Barry recently obtained a defense jury verdict in a medical malpractice case in which a dentist claimed that defendant orthopedic surgeon negligently delayed spine surgery by one day for an acute, repeated low back disc herniation in order to suit his surgical schedule, thereby causing multi-million dollar damages including permanent foot paralysis (drop foot), …

March 2019 | Firm News

Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon

Brian Henry recently obtained a jury verdict in favor of an orthopedic surgeon. The plaintiff claimed a failure to timely diagnose a compartment syndrome and that the surgeon did not perform necessary fasciotomies. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the physician after a short deliberation finding that the standard of care had been …

June 2016 | Firm News

Not Guilty Jury Verdict in 34 minutes for Orthopaedic Surgeon re ACL surgery

Edward B. Ruff and Michael P. Turiello successfully defended an orthopedic surgeon against a claim of unnecessary ACL surgery. A pre-operative MRI was read by the radiologist as showing an ACL which was taut and intact. The client orthopedic surgeon sent the plaintiff for a course of physical therapy, however, she failed to improve. Based upon his physical …

March 2016 | Firm News

Successful Defense of a Multi-Specialty Medical Group

Brian Henry recently defended a multi-specialty medical group in a trial in Cook County in which an internal medicine physician and clinic nurse were alleged to have improperly instructed an 80-year-old patient regarding a change in her blood thinning medication, for failing to notify her family and visiting nurse of the dosage change and for failing …

December 2014 | Firm News