Penny Keller v. James J. Dalla Riva, M.D. and Thomas Hulsen M.D.
Pitzer Snodgrass Partner who tried case: Michael J. Pitzer
We represented: Thomas Hulsen, M.D.
Venue: Madison County, Illinois Circuit Court
Facts: Plaintiff’s small intestine was perforated during laparoscopic surgery by co-defendant. Dr. Hulsen was charged with failing to diagnose the perforation in a timely manner although he did so within 24 hours.
We were successful in proving that Dr. Hulsen’s care did not cause plaintiff any more injury than the original perforation. Plaintiff’s experts were not able to prove causation and the court agreed when it sustained a Motion for Directed Verdict at the close of plaintiff’s evidence. This was a rare directed verdict in Madison County, Illinois.
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Verdict: Directed Verdict in favor of Dr. Hulsen
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