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Won a complete defense jury verdict in a $31 million medical malpractice lawsuit in Illinois.


In an Illinois trial, WTO partner Joe Farchione won his second major, medical malpractice defense jury verdict in four weeks. The $31 million case involved the early discharge of a newborn who went on to suffer early-onset group B strep sepsis and meningitis. 
 
Joe and WTO associate Michele Choe represented a hospital whose nurses were accused of failing to convey vital information to a pediatrician before the infant's discharge and failing to activate the chain of command to preclude the pediatrician from discharging the child. The plaintiff claimed the information, had it been communicated, would have delayed discharge. The plaintiff also asserted that the nurses were negligent in not referring the parents to the pediatrician or the emergency department when they called later on the day of discharge with non-specific complaints. The defense successfully argued there were no deviations from the standard of care and no proximate cause.
 
After hearing all the evidence, the 12-member jury voted unanimously that the hospital's nurses met the standard of care in the case.
 
Just four weeks earlier, Joe and his team argued successfully for an obstetrician before an Ohio jury, which found for the defense in an $18 million case involving allegations of negligence resulting in catastrophic injuries to a newborn.

Won a complete defense jury verdict in a $31 million medical malpractice lawsuit in Illinois involving a newborn who contracted meningitis.