Medical Negligence and Healthcare

Medical Negligence and Healthcare

When faced with a catastrophic injury lawsuit, hospitals and doctors need experienced trial lawyers who will protect their interests at every phase of the case, including jury trial. Because of the depth and excellence of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s medical malpractice group, the firm has been chosen to represent many of Chicago’s major teaching hospitals, community hospitals, and long-term care facilities. At least three of those institutions first retained Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP after a Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP lawyer defended a co-defendant at trial, and the hospital decided to make the switch. The firm also has long-standing relationships with medical malpractice insurance carriers—both primary and excess—and its lawyers are often requested by individual physicians because of their reputation in the medical community.
 
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP lawyers have a reputation for taking high exposure cases to trial, which is necessary to successful negotiation of selected cases. The firm’s lawyers work with clients to achieve their goals in a cost efficient manner. They are experienced in alternative dispute resolution and are creative in developing settlement strategies when warranted. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys identify systems and practices that might increase the risk of future litigation and work with their clients to minimize those risks.

Not only do Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys understand the complex medical and technical issues crucial to presenting a winning case to a jury, they also use that understanding to counsel physicians and hospital personnel about management of cases and potential claims. The firm’s attorneys lecture frequently at local law schools and bar associations concerning medical malpractice and healthcare issues, and often make presentations at risk management seminars and meetings of physician groups to discuss the legal and tactical aspects of medical malpractice litigation.


News

Chicago, February 20, 2017
Kocour Profiled in WBAI Newsletter for Member Monday
Kocour has been involved in both of the firm's Business Givers and Business Getters presentations, which were co-hosted with the WBAI.

Chicago, January 17, 2017
Thevatheril Speaks at National Forum on Neurotrauma, Brain & Spine Medical Legal Issues
Thevatheril will discuss "Relationship Between Neurosurgeons and Neurologists: Reviewing Radiology Reports and Failing to Properly Diagnose."

Chicago, January 13, 2017
Ferrill Offers Trial Tips on CBA Panel
Ferrill will speak along with two judges and a plaintiff's attorney.

Chicago, St. Louis, Madison County, January, 4, 2017
Report Names Illinois, Missouri Courts as “Judicial Hellholes”
The report said courts in Illinois and Missouri are among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation.

Chicago, November 22, 2016
Law Bulletin Recognizes Wiegler on "40 Under Forty" List
Wiegler was recognized in the profile for her "refined and thorough competency in the law combined with an absolute civil approach to this practice."

Chicago, November 17, 2016
Reveille Presents Case Law Update at CHRMS Law Day
Reveille will discuss case law updates along with two Chicago attorneys.

Chicago, October 27, 2016
Levitt Completes Second Ironman Long-Distance Triathlon
The competition consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and a marathon, raced in that order without a break.

Chicago, October 27, 2016
SMB Recognized for “Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case”
Aiju C. Thevatheril, Elizabeth A. Bruer and Jessica A. Levitt received a Trial Lawyer Excellence Award at this month’s Jury Verdict Reporter Awards.


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Chicago, October 26, 2016
Ferrill Talks Trial Preparation and Presentation at CBA Event
Ferrill and fellow presenters will provide first-hand guidance on how to effectively try a case.

Libertyville, September 23, 2016
Larson, Terselic Obtain Defense Verdict in Lake County Case
The case involved the alleged failure to properly perform an appendectomy.

Chicago, September 12, 2016
Rogers Named Vice President for Society of Trial Lawyers
Rogers will be vice president for a year and become president in 2017-2018.

Chicago, August 15, 2016
Thevatheril, Anderson Earn Dismissal in Medical Negligence Case
Their healthcare system client was voluntary dismissed prior to trial.

Chicago, August 15, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers List
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP also received the firm a Tier 1 ranking in the area of "Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants" in 2016.

Chicago, August 3, 2016
Rogers, Lengerich Win Summary Judgment Motion in Medical Negligence Action
Rogers and Lengerich argued there was a lack of proximate cause between the defendants’ alleged negligence and plaintiff’s leg amputation.

Chicago, July 27, 2016
Kocour, Schneider Win Summary Judgment Motion in Medical Negligence Case
The motion was on behalf of a Chicago-based hospital.

Chicago, July 27, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Four Lateral Attorneys
The four women range in practices from Medical Negligence and Healthcare or Toxic Tort Litigation.

Chicago, June 30, 2016
Switzer, Albright Obtain Defense Verdict in Medical Negligence Case
The plaintiffs requested the jury return a verdict in excess of $15 million.

Chicago, June 23, 2016
Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces four lateral associates have joined the firm’s Chicago office.

Chicago, June 1, 2016
Kocour Elected to Membership in American Board of Trial Advocates
Kocour joins several other Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP who are also ABOTA members.

Chicago, May 25, 2016
Rogers, Donohue Obtain Defense Verdict for Anesthesiologist
The plaintiff claimed that the anesthesiologist failed to keep her under anesthesia and she moved during eye surgery resulting in choroidal hemorrhage and blindness in the eye.

Chicago, April 18, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Receives Not Guilty Verdict in Medical Malpractice Defense Case
The plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury for $77 - $85 million before the not guilty verdict.

Chicago, March 2, 2016
Kanter Moderates Judges' Panel at Medical Malpractice Catastrophic Injury Conference
The judges discussed evidence and arguments in the context of medical malpractice.

Chicago, February 29, 2016
Wiegler Speaks at Perioperative Medicine Summit
Wiegler spoke on sources of risk in the perioperative period and reducing the risk of getting sued.

Chicago, January 12, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Clyder and Haddox practice in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office, while Henne practices in the firm’s Libertyville office.

Chicago, January 5, 2016
Thevatheril Moderates Judges' Panel at ACI Medical Malpractice Catastrophic Injury Seminar
Seven state and federal judges will share insights on how they view evidence and arguments specifically in the medical malpractice context.

Chicago, December 17, 2015
Lateral Associates, Law School Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm welcomes two lateral associates and two recent law school graduates to the firm’s Chicago office.

Chicago, August 17, 2015
Three Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers
Partner Dale Wills was also named the Product Liability Attorney of the Year.

Chicago, Madison County, July 30, 2015
Associate General Counsel, Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the arrival of a new partner and three lateral associates, including one to its Madison County, Ill. office.

Chicago, June 26, 2015
Schichtel, Weiler and Schneider Win Opinion in Illinois Appellate Court for Hospital Client
The opinion affirmed a summary judgment for Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's client and clarifies the scope of agency law in Illinois.

Chicago, June 1, 2015
Thevatheril Speaks at American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Meeting
Thevatheril's presentation is on Liability and Loss Prevention. The session will discuss risk management, claims and litigation overview on medical and dental malpractice.

Chicago, May 8, 2015
Kramer Addresses Nursing Home Litigation at CBA Seminar
Kramer will speak about the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act from the defense's perspective.

Chicago, April 9, 2015
Schichtel Named to "Top 10 Women Civil Defense" Attorney List
Schichtel ranked second on the list of ten Chicago-area female attorneys.

Chicago, March 3, 2015
Wiegler Speaks at Perioperative Medical Summit
Wiegler spoke on “Medicolegal Issues in Perioperative Medicine – Lessons from Some Real Cases” in collaboration with Dr. Gerald Smetana of Harvard Medical School.

Chicago, January 29, 2015
Best Lawyers Recognizes Personal Injury Defense, Product Liability Practices
The firm received a Tier 1 ranking in the area of Personal Injury Litigation - Defense.

Chicago, Libertyville, January 5, 2015
Lateral Associate, New Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm has welcomed a lateral associate in Libertyville and two recent law school graduates in Chicago.

Chicago, November 25, 2014
'12 Day Defensive Hot Streak' Highlighted in Law Bulletin Article
The article highlighted four defense verdicts Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys received on behalf of clients.

Chicago, November 19, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Obtains Four Not Guilty Verdicts in 11 Days
In a span of 11 days, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys obtained four not guilty verdicts at trial on behalf of clients.

Chicago, October 24, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Indiana Practice, New Attorneys Highlighted in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article
With an increasing workload in the Hoosier State, Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP has added a lateral partner and four lateral associates over the past five months.

Chicago, October 27, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Obtains Not Guilty Verdict for Client Centegra Hospital - McHenry
The plaintiff asked for more than $7,000,000.

Chicago, October 24, 2014
Schichtel Honored with Two Awards in October
Schichtel received awards from the Jury Verdict Reporter and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

Chicago, October 21, 2014
Lateral Partner, Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
All five attorneys practice in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Chicago office.

Chicago, August 21, 2014
Three Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers
Drumke, Martin and Wills were named to Best Lawyers in various practice areas.

Chicago, August 14, 2014
Kramer Speaks at Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Conference
His presentation focused on "Managing Litigation: What To Do Right."

Chicago, June 27, 2014
Nickels Spotlighted in "Law Firm Leaders" Article
Nickels talked about the firm's recent growth, focus on business development, and entrepreneurial culture.

Chicago, June 4, 2014
Lateral Associates, New Grad Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes three associates, including one who was recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

Chicago, February 24, 2014
Wiegler Speaks at Perioperative Medicine Summit
She addressed “Medicolegal Issues in Perioperative Medicine – Lessons from Some Real Cases.”

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Equity, Non-Equity Partners
Two were elected equity partners and two were elected non-equity partners.

Chicago, December 10, 2013
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Names Martin Alumnus of Distinction
Martin was chosen by a committee of alumni, faculty and staff through a year-long process that garnered more than 400 nominations.

Chicago, November 18, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Three Associates
The firm welcomes three associates, including two who were recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

Chicago, November 1, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Named to Best Lawyers' List
U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" recognized Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP for its representation of defendants in product liability and personal injury lawsuits.

Chicago, August 15, 2013
Wills, Martin Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America List
Wills named in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants and Martin was named in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

Chicago, January 14, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners, Welcomes New Associate
Aiju C. Thevatheril was elected to equity partnership ranks, while Leanne W. Moore was named a non-equity partner.

Chicago, November 26, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Three New Associates
All three associates were recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

Chicago, November 8, 2012
Helms Receives Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Excellence Award For Career Achievement
Judges, trial attorneys and many of Helms' colleagues from Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attended the ceremony and reception.

Chicago, October 3, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys, Guests Go “Retro” For Thumbuddy Special
Bazooka® gum, Pixy Stix®, Sweet Tarts® and Zotz® were all the rage at Tavern Tree House as Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Medical Negligence and Healthcare Practice Group and its guests gathered in support of Thumbuddy Special.

Chicago, May 15, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Two Associates
Andrew J. Albright and Claire A. Floore join the firm's Chicago office.

Chicago, March 19, 2012
Toxic Tort Team, Former Patent Examiner Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes four lateral attorneys to its Chicago office.

Chicago, February 17, 2012
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Profiles Wehrman, New CARA President
The former Olympic marathon trials qualifier just began a two-year term as President of the CARA Board of Directors.

Chicago, Libertyville, January 31, 2012
Verdict Recognized in Chicago Lawyer Year in Review Supplement
The highlighted case involved claims of medical malpractice which lead to the death of a pregnant woman from a pulmonary embolism.

Chicago, January 23, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
The firm's new partners focus on a variety of practice areas.

Chicago, November 11, 2011
Swanson Receives Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Excellence Award For Lifetime Achievement
Lenard C. Swanson was honored for his body of trial work and longtime mentoring of fellow attorneys.

Chicago, October 27, 2011
Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
All are associates in the firm's Chicago office.

Chicago, October 19, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys and Guests “Glow” For Thumbuddy Special
For the third consecutive year, guests of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Medical Negligence and Healthcare Practice Group gathered in support of Thumbuddy Special.

Chicago, March 16, 2011
Vogts, Waidzunas Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP recently added two attorneys to its Chicago office.

Chicago, Libertyville, January 27, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Two Associates
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has recently added two associates to the firm’s Chicago and Libertyville, Ill. offices.

Chicago, Lisle, October 18, 2010
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Features Article on SMB Event
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s October 6th issue featured the article, “Chicago law firm pitches in to help children with special needs,” regarding Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s recent cocktail party fundraiser for Thumbuddy Special.

Chicago, October 4, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Receives Generous Hearts Award From Thumbuddy Special
Friends of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Medical Negligence and Healthcare Practice Group gathered Wednesday, September 15 on ZED451’s rooftop in support of Thumbuddy Special, an Illinois-based non-profit organization that raises money to provide adaptive equipment for children with special needs.

Chicago, August 19, 2010
Rogers Addresses Defense of Medical Malpractice Cases
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner William J. Rogers spoke at a seminar sponsored by ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company on August 19 in Kankakee, Illinois.

Chicago, May 6, 2010
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Elects Three New Partners
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the elevation of Richard J. Keating, Jr., Susan E. Sullivan and Catherine Basque Weiler to partner.

Chicago, April 13, 2010
Petrek Inducted into International Society of Barristers
Francis R. Petrek, Jr., a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, was formally inducted as a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers on April 13 during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Chicago, April 13, 2010
Rogers Addresses Physicians at ISMIE Mutual Seminar
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner William G. Rogers served as a panelist at the ISMIE Mutual seminar, “Preventing Medical Misadventures,” on April 13 at the Chicago North Shore Renaissance Hotel in Northbrook, Illinois.

Chicago, April 9, 2010
Petrek Lectures on Medical Ethics at Illinois Medical Society Seminar
Francis R. Petrek, Jr., a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, was an invited lecturer to the Illinois State Medical Society at its April 9th conference in Hinsdale, Illinois.

Chicago, September 21, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Announces Arrival of Lateral Partner
Robert M. Collins has joined Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office as a partner in its Medical Negligence and Product Liability practice groups.

Chicago, August 19, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes New Partners, Francis R. Petrek, Jr. and William J. Rogers
Petrek and Rogers will focus their practices on Product Liability, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes and Medical Negligence and Healthcare.


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