August 2017 

Chicago: Clausing and Bletsas Successfully Defend Cytopathologist Against $22M Negligence Claim

In August 2017, HPS attorneys Marilee Clausing and Charles Bletsas won a defense verdict for a Chicago cytopathologist. Plaintiff alleged that the cytopathologist misinterpreted her 2002 Pap smear slide and did not identify pre-cancerous dysplasia. Plaintiff contended that the dysplasia then became cervical cancer, which required extensive radiation treatment and chemotherapy. The defense argued that dysplasia was not on the slide, most likely because the dysplasia was not on the surface of the cervix. Plaintiff sought more than $22,000,000 in damages due to complications of her cancer treatment. Following a 14-day trial, the jury agreed with the defense and returned a “not guilty” verdict in favor of the doctor after four hours of deliberation.