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Chicago, March 12, 2024

Danekas, Acuna and Slovis Obtain Defense Verdict In High-Stakes Medical Malpractice Case

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys Steven E. Danekas, Jessica Levitt Acuna and Ryan M. Slovis secured a defense verdict on behalf of their clients, two cardiologists, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

Plaintiff claimed that both doctors failed to monitor his wife’s oxygen saturation values during an  attempted transesophageal echocardiogram, causing hypoxia and death.

During the trial, Danekas and Slovis contended that the doctors properly monitored the patient’s oxygen saturation; that there was no prolonged, significant hypoxia; and that the patient’s overall medical condition in the setting of various pre-existing co-morbidities contributed to her abrupt change in mental and physical status, culminating in a pulseless electrical activity arrest.

Plaintiff asked the jury for $8.1 million. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty for both defendants. The case was tried before Judge Karen O’Malley.

Steven E. Danekas represents healthcare providers in medical malpractice litigation and clients in product liability, commercial, construction, and general casualty litigation.  He negotiates for and achieves the efficient resolution of disputes for his clients.  Steve also has extensive trial experience in courts in Illinois and across the United States.  Learn more about his practice here.

Jessica Levitt Acuna focuses her practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in medical negligence cases.  Additionally, she represents clients in other general tort matters, including premises liability cases.  Learn more about her practice here.

Ryan M. Slovis is an associate attorney at the firm’s Chicago office and concentrates his practice on general civil litigation.  His practice also includes medical negligence and product liability.  Learn more about his practice here.

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