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Richard Korn and Mike Donelson Obtain Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Fox Smith partners, Richard Korn and Mike Donelson, obtained a defense verdict after a four week wrongful death medical malpractice trial in Williamson County, Illinois. Richard and Mike represented an obstetrician/gynecologist who treated a 73 year old patient on medical maintenance anti-coagulation therapy for urinary incontinence. After performing a Tension Free Vaginal Tape surgery in September 2013, the patient was admitted to the hospital for anti-coagulation bridging therapy. On post-op day two, the patient’s condition began to deteriorate and continued to worsen over the course of the next twelve hours at which time a CT of abdomen showed significant internal bleeding in the pelvis. Approximately twenty-four hours later, the patient passed away from internal bleeding, leaving a husband and five adult children. In the subsequently filed lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged that Richard and Mike’s client was liable on theories of Lack of Informed Consent and Professional Negligence for failing to timely diagnose and treat the internal bleeding. Plaintiff retained five experts during the course of the litigation and 41 depositions were taken. After 3 1/2 hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty in favor of Richard and Mike’s client.