Oct 2015

Illinois: Patterson and Jessee Defend Kankakee County Medical Center against Negligence Claims

HPS partners Ben Patterson and Bret Jessee successfully defended a Kankakee County medical center during a trial in October, 2015. The plaintiff was asking for $7.5 million for the death of a 37-year-old who was rushed to the ER via ambulance for severe, rapid-onset of chest pain. Following his discharge from the hospital, the decedent collapsed at home and was again rushed to Riverside where he was pronounced dead. Plaintiff alleged that the ER physicians failed to rule out an aortic dissection by ordering a CT with contrast. The defense contended that the decedent had none of the risk factors, signs, symptoms, lab results or chest x-ray findings to suggest an aortic dissection and that the condition was effectively ruled out clinically. After seven hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants.