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

Past results afford no guarantee of future results.  Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.

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