Pretzel & Stouffer

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, repeat low back disc herniation in order to suit his surgical schedule, thereby causing multi-million dollar damages including permanent foot paralysis (drop foot), gait abnormalities, and related hip pain. Defendant claimed delay was justified to permit additional conservative treatment with steroids and that outcome would have been the same with earlier surgery. As a significant side note, this is the same lawsuit which, on earlier appellate review, resulted in the IL Supreme Court upholding the right to a 12 person jury trial.

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