Slavick and Compton Win Post-Surgery Death Claim

Featuring Marni R. Slavick

Marni Slavick and Michael Compton recently obtained a defense verdict in a Cook County medical malpractice case in which the plaintiff claimed that the defendant general surgeon had negligently performed a hiatal hernia repair surgery. The plaintiff died following an injury to her vena cava sustained during the surgery.  Plaintiff argued that such an injury was not a known complication and would not have occurred absent professional negligence.

Marni and Mike presented evidence that this was indeed a known complication of the hernia repair surgery and that their client-surgeon had operated in accordance with the standard of care.  Following a 2-week trial, plaintiff asked the jury for $2,200,000 in damages.  The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the surgeon.