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Chicago, April 05, 2024

Ferrill and Slovis Obtain Defense Verdict In High-Stakes Medical Malpractice Case

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys Sarah A. Ferrill and Ryan M. Slovis secured a defense verdict on behalf of their client, a cardiologist, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

This case involved the death of an 81-year-old who underwent a peripheral angioplasty with a "high stick" and later experienced a significant retroperitoneal bleed after the sheath was removed. The patient was moved to the ICU, where she received medical management for several hours until a vascular surgeon arrived to repair the vessel. The patient had passed away by that time.

The plaintiff alleged that three physicians, including the firm's client, the cardiologist, were negligent in failing to order the vascular surgery consult in a timely manner.

Plaintiff asked the jury for $15 million. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty for the defense. The case was tried before Judge Jean M. Golden.

Sarah A. Ferrill has devoted a majority of her practice to the defense of medical negligence claims and has substantial litigation experience in other areas, including pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. She represents hospitals, physicians, physician groups, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Additionally, she represents clients in general tort, premises, and product liability work. 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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