Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Case
Hickman v. Chavez, et al.
Partner who tried case: Michael J. Pitzer
We represented: Defendant one, an internist and Defendant two, a pulmonologist/critical care physician
Venue: St. Clair County Illinois Circuit Court
Facts: This was a wrongful death case arising out of medical treatment following the deceased’s admission to the hospital for a ruptured appendix. While in the hospital, she developed pleural effusion and atelectasis, but she appeared on the road to recovery after being weaned from the ventilator. However, two weeks after her admission she developed cardio-pulmonary arrest and suffered brain damage as a result of hypoxia. She never recovered and lived for a year and a half in a vegetative state.
Last Demand: $ 2 million
Last Offer: $ zero
Verdict: Defense Verdict for both defendants