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$16 Million Settlement For Young Woman Who Is Paralyzed Due To The Negligence Of An Emergency Physician & Hospital

After four years of litigation, medical malpractice attorney Stephen D. Phillips has obtained a $16 million settlement for a young woman who is paralyzed from the chest down due to the negligence of an emergency physician and hospital.

The settlement was reached two weeks prior to the scheduled trial and finalized on October 15, 2019. This young woman will never live a normal life or regain the ability to use her legs, however, the money will compensate her for her personal losses and provide for her future care needs, including medicines, therapies, a wheelchair accessible home and van.

An investigation by Phillips Law Offices discovered that at age 29, the young woman visited the emergency room two times in three days with various “red flag” symptoms, including a fever and severe chest and back pain. She had no idea that she was suffering from a life-threatening infection in her spine, but the emergency physician later admitted at his deposition that he did consider this diagnosis when treating the victim. However, the physician failed to order the appropriate tests to rule out or confirm this diagnosis.

Within seven hours of being discharged, the young woman became permanently paralyzed in her legs. She underwent emergency surgery, but it was too late to reverse the paralysis. The investigation found that had she been operated on before the onset of paralysis, she more than likely would have made a full recovery within a week of surgery.

The defendants’ attorneys warned Mr. Phillips that the case “was weak” and that they did not intend on settling. But after hearing her story, Mr. Phillips knew that this should have never happened to this young woman. He did not hesitate to represent her and immediately began investigating the incident and building a strong case on her behalf.

Mr. Phillips believes securing this settlement was truly a team effort, as attorneys Terrence Quinn and Stephen J. Phillips helped prepare the case for trial. The rest of the team at Phillips Law Offices also worked tirelessly on this case. Mr. Phillips also credits Cook County Judge Kathy Flanagan’s four years of meticulously managing this intricate case as “integral to its just resolution.”

For more information, please contact Stephen D. Phillips Law Offices at (312) 346-4262.

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Stephen D. Phillips is the managing partner at the Phillips Law Offices in Chicago. He is a past President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (500 lawyers worldwide) and Former member of Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Phillips earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola University and his B.A. from the University of Iowa. He is an extensively published writer and sought-after lecturer on legal topics related to personal injury and wrongful death matters. Mr. Phillips is also the recipient of a number of awards and honors from various legal groups.

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