Attorneys at Law
The attorneys of BEUTEL HURST BOLEKY LLC have built a reputation for obtaining significant verdicts and settlements in a variety of medical malpractice and other catastrophic personal injury cases. Below are some of our results:
$12 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for injury suffered during a laparoscopic appendectomy which resulted in permanent disability
The estate of a disabled husband and father alleged the defendant doctors and hospital, through its nursing staff and resident physicians, provided negligent medical care and treatment during, and subsequent to, a laparoscopic appendectomy (removal of the appendix through a laparoscope) which was alleged to have resulted in two strokes, hypoxic brain injury, and permanent disability to the patient.
$10 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement to the estate of a deceased husband and father who died as a result of the defendants’ failure to surgically treat mitral valve prolapse
The patient, a husband and father, presented to a local university hospital and their cardiologists for a work-up and treatment of his mitral valve prolapse. In spite of the significant nature of the mitral valve prolapse, it was alleged, the defendant cardiologists elected not to refer the patient to cardiac surgery for evaluation and surgical treatment which resulted in the patient’s sudden cardiac death as a result of his known mitral valve prolapse.
$8.7 million Medical Malpractice Verdict against Northwestern Memorial Hospital
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$5 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict against ob/gyn for performance of an incontinence procedure resulting in permanent disability and sexual dysfunction
Brian Hurst and Ernest W. Beutel obtained a $5 Million verdict in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a 57-year-old woman and her husband, formerly of DuPage County, in a trial where it was alleged the patient suffered the functional loss of her vagina as a result of an unnecessary suburethral sling procedure for stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The sling procedure, it was alleged, was unnecessary due to the fact the patient did not suffer from SUI and did not undergo a proper work-up for SUI, the condition for which a suburethral sling would be indicated. The sling eventually eroded into the patient’s vagina, resulting in permanent scarring, infection, a loss of sexual function, and necessitating several surgical procedures. The woman and her husband have been unable to have intercourse since the performance of the procedure.
$4.565 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement to estate of a disabled CPS teacher for failure to properly treat patient’s pneumonia
A female Chicago Public School teacher presented to the defendant hospital’s emergency department with chest pain, coughing and fever, was diagnosed with pneumonia and sent home. Three days later, she returned to the defendant hospital’s emergency department suffering from increasing respiratory difficulty and shortness of breath. Her blood gas tests showed the oxygen content of her blood was abnormally decreasing to dangerously low levels. The decision was eventually made to intubate the patient. It was alleged the intubation was performed negligently, was untimely, and resulted in severe hypoxic brain damage which left the patient in a permanent vegetative state.
$4.53 Million Jury Verdict for car crash victims struck by pizza delivery driver
Thomas Boleky obtained the second highest verdict in Kane County’s history at that time when he won $4.543 million for a couple who were passengers in a friend’s automobile when it was struck by a pizza delivery driver. The jury found both the driver of the vehicle Plaintiffs were travelling in and the driver of the pizza delivery company liable for Plaintiff’s injuries, which included partial paralysis due to cauda equina syndrome.
$4.5 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for carotid artery stenting procedure which resulted in significant disability
The patient, a 49-year-old female, suffered a debilitating stroke resulting in permanent and significant disability following a carotid artery stenting procedure which was alleged to have been experimental, unnecessary—considering the nature and extent of the patient’s carotid artery disease—and performed negligently by the defendant physicians. The patient had a history of strokes and was evaluated for carotid artery stenosis by the defendant physicians who elected to perform the carotid artery stenting procedure which plaintiff alleged was experimental at the time it was performed, though it was not explained to the patient that it was an experimental procedure.
$4.035 Million Wrongful Death From Electrocution Settlement
An industrial painter was working under the Chicago Transit Authority's elevated tracks when an electrical shock caused him to fall forward into the controls of the JLG lift he was working on, resulting in it inadvertently raising and crushing him to death, against the underside of the CTA girder. The defendants included the Chicago Transit Authority, Commonwealth Edison and the JLG lift manufacturer. He was survived by his wife and three children, one of which was a starting tackle for the Notre Dame Football team.
$4 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for permanent disfigurement following the performance of an ERCP
The patient, a 25-year-old female, suffered injury to her duodenum during the performance of an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) with biliary sphincterotomy for biliary stenosis. It was alleged the ERCP with biliary sphincterotomy was performed negligently, causing iatrogenic (physician caused) injury to the patient’s duodenum, and resulting in significant disability and disfigurement of the patient’s abdomen, requiring several additional surgical procedures including skin grafting.
3.75 Million Automobile/Motorcycle Personal Injury Verdict
Plaintiff was struck by Defendant's Ford-150 pickup truck while riding his motorcycle. Plaintiff suffered from multiple fractures, including his pelvis, leg, and nose. The injury to his right leg was so severe it had to be amputated above the knee.
3.25 Million Settlement for third degree burns suffered in a natural gas explosion
Plaintiff suffered severe burns to his neck and chest when his house exploded from a buildup of natural gas as he walked in the front door. The leaking gas came from a flexible metal hose that supplied gas to the stove. It was alleged that People’s Gas Light and Coke Company had known or should have known of the propensity of this type of flexible hose to crack and leak gas, and had failed to ensure their customers replaced them or properly warned the customer of the danger.
$3 Million Wrongful Death Verdict for crime victim in Product Liability lawsuit
Thomas Boleky secured a verdict of $3 million for the family of a man who was murdered when the Defendant negligently set up and monitored a house arrest ankle bracelet placed on a felon while on parole. The felon was able to leave his premises without the police being alerted and later shot and killed the plaintiff’s decedent with a handgun during the commission of a crime.
$2.65 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict against ophthalmologist who caused blind eye treating a chalazion
In their first trial together as BEUTEL HURST BOLEKY LLC, Brian Hurst, Thomas Boleky and Ernest W. Beutel, obtained a $2.65 Million medical malpractice verdict in the Circuit Court of Cook County against a local ophthalmologist who treated a chalazion (small pimple-like bump) on his patient’s left lower eyelid by injecting the chalazion with a corticosteroid. It was alleged the corticosteroid was negligently injected into the patient’s central retinal artery causing complete and permanent loss of vision in the patient’s left eye as a result of ischemia.
$2.5 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement against dermatologist who caused permanent scarring and facial disfigurement while performing CO2 laser resurfacing procedure
The patient presented to Dr. Murad Alam and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation Dermatology Clinic for a consultation for a history of wrinkles and sun damage around her mouth. It was alleged the defendant caused full-thickness, third-degree burns to the area around the patient’s mouth during the negligent performance of a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure. The plaintiff required several surgical procedures, including skin grafting, following the laser resurfacing and continues to suffer from scarring around her mouth. The defendants agreed to pay $2.5 Million to settle the case on the first day of trial after several years of litigation.
$2.5 Million Settlement for Palos Heights Bike Path Injury
Plaintiff received $2.5 million settlement during the third day of trial after she suffered a spinal cord injury when the pedal of the bicycle she was riding on a Palos Heights bike path struck a drop gate, a short steel post affixed to the middle of the bike lane near an intersection with the roadway. The Village of Palos Heights claimed that it had the drop gates installed on its bike path to restrict motor vehicles’ access to the bike lanes. Plaintiff sought to prove that the drop gates were unnecessary and posed a danger to distracted bike riders as they approached the intersection.
$2.5 Million recovered against golf course for golfer injured during golf cart roll over
Thomas Boleky obtained a $2.5 Million settlement in the Circuit Court of Lake County in a case alleging the golf cart owned by Defendant rolled over as Plaintiff drove the cart around a sharp curve on a path at Defendant's golf course. Plaintiff was partially paralyzed from his resulting cervical cord injury, losing function in both legs and his fingers, as well as requiring surgical fusion and titanium plating in his neck.
$2.4 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict against ER doctor and hospital for delay in diagnosing and treating acute arterial insufficiency which resulted in above-the-knee amputation
Brian Hurst obtained a $2.4 Million medical malpractice verdict in the Circuit Court of Cook County against St. Francis Hospital of Blue Island, Illinois, and its emergency room physician, for an alleged failure to timely diagnose and treat the patient’s acute arterial insufficiency. The patient, a 51-year-old male, presented to the emergency department of the defendant hospital in the middle of the night following a fall on his stairs at home. It was alleged the fall caused an acute arterial injury to the patient’s right leg, resulting in an acute arterial insufficiency to his right lower extremity. Plaintiff sought to show that the failure to timely diagnose and treat the acute arterial insufficiency with an emergent re-vascularization procedure resulted in an above-the-knee amputation of the patient’s right leg the following morning.
$2 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement against orthopedic surgeon for disability and disfigurement resulting from mishandled leg fracture
Plaintiff, a 43-year-old male, suffered a severely comminuted tibial plateau leg fracture following a fall from a ladder while working at home. He was subsequently treated with surgery by the defendant orthopedic surgeon who performed an internal fixation utilizing hardware several days after the patient had initially presented to defendant. It was alleged the negligence of the orthopedic surgeon in delaying performance of the definitive repair, operating in the face of a likely infection, improperly performing the internal fixation and subsequently mishandling the surgical infection, resulted in severe deformity to the patient’s leg, continuing knee pain, and necessitated several surgical procedures including skin grafting and a muscle flap repair. Plaintiff’s counsel retained one of the world’s foremost experts on tibial plateau leg fractures. The defense settled the case for the full extent of defendant’s liability insurance on the eve of trial following several years of litigation.
$2 Million Wrongful Death Settlement for woman attempting to change her tire on side of road
A woman was changing the tire of her van parked on the side of the road when she was killed by Defendant's car. Prior to her death, police had setup a number of warnings to oncoming traffic, including a parked police car with emergency lights, traffic cones, flares, and a police officer directing traffic. Despite all warnings, Defendant swerved his car into oncoming traffic to get around woman's van and causing a car wreck, killing the woman.
$1.85 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement from radiologist’s failure to report abnormality on lung CT scan
A 49-year-old woman visited the emergency room of a local hospital for difficulty breathing and had a chest x-ray performed which reported an abnormality in the right lower lung. She was immediately referred for a chest CT scan, which again demonstrated the abnormality in the right lower lung, however, the interpreting radiologist failed to comment on the abnormality and no work-up of the abnormality was ordered or performed. Eleven months later, a second CT scan was performed and again demonstrated the abnormality in the right lower lung, which was biopsied and determined to be cancer. The patient, due to the delay in reporting the abnormality and working-up the abnormality, it was alleged, progressed to stage IV lung cancer at the time of diagnosis. The defendant radiologist and hospital settled the case for $1.85 million in the days leading up to trial.
$1.5 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for vascular injury causing death during surgical resection of liver cancer
The patient, a 67-year-old male, was being treated at a local university hospital for liver cancer. During the performance of a liver resection to treat the liver cancer, it was alleged the surgeons lacerated the patient’s vena cava, resulting in massive blood loss, exsanguination, hypoxemia, and death. The patient was survived by his wife and two adult children.
$1.5 Million Interstate Trucking Wrongful Death Settlement
Plaintiff was a passenger in a car struck on Illinois Interstate Highway 80 by a merging truck owned by Defendant shipping company. The collision caused Plaintiff's car to crash into a concrete median post, killing Plaintiff.
$1.3 Million Pedestrian-Automobile Personal Injury Settlement
Thomas Boleky obtained a $1.3 Million settlement in the Circuit Court of DuPage County for a woman's estate after she was killed when struck by Defendant's car as she crossed the road after eating breakfast at a nearby restaurant. She suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, fractured ribs, and a heart attack, all leading to her death.
$1.22 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for death following breast reduction surgery
The estate of the deceased mother of three adult children alleged the woman died as a result of the negligence of the defendant physicians in failing to appropriately manage the patient’s volume status during and subsequent to a breast reduction surgery. It was alleged the patient suffered from extensive blood and volume loss during the breast reduction surgery and that the defendants’ negligence in failing to adequately and timely address the fluid and blood loss resulted in the patient’s cardiopulmonary arrest and death in the immediate post-operative period while in the post-anesthesia recovery unit of the defendant hospital.
$1.2 Million Wrongful Death Settlement for drowning in Prospect Heights swimming pool
A 5-year-old child drowned in a Prospect Heights municipal swimming pool after wandering from an adjacent playground where he was being supervised by the municipality’s park district employees. It was alleged that he gained access to the pool through an unlocked gate and that lifeguards who were offering private lessons in a separate area of the pool were negligent in failing to notice him in the pool until it was too late to save him.
$1.2 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for 54-year-old woman who suffered vocal cord paralysis during medical procedure
BEUTEL HURST BOLEKY LLC filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Pain Management Specialist who, allegedly, partially paralyzed his patient’s vocal cords during a neurotomy, a procedure targeted to deaden nerves in the cervical spine for relief of chronic neck pain. During the procedure, the defendant physician injured the right recurrent laryngeal nerve which helps to control movement of the vocal cords. Following vigorous examination of the defendant at his deposition, it became apparent the procedure was performed in the wrong area of the cervical spine.
$1.2 Million Settlement for teenager Injured when he lost control of his car while attempting to avoid a delivery truck’s tire tread left in the roadway
Plaintiff filed suit alleging that Defendant trucking company failed to properly maintain the tires on one of its delivery trucks resulting in the tread separating from the tire and rolling down the hire into Plaintiff’s lane of travel. Plaintiff, travelling in the same lane as the truck, attempted to avoid the tire tread but lost control of his vehicle and collided with a light pole on the shoulder off of Interstate 355 in Schaumburg, Illinois. Plaintiff sustained several fractures to his hip and a mild traumatic brain injury. The defendants sued by Plaintiff also included the trucking firm’s maintenance contractor and a tire vendor that performed regular inspections of the fleet’s tires.
$1 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for death of a retired Chicago Police Sergeant as a result of alleged negligence of cardiologist in failing to address patient’s pericardial effusion
The estate of a deceased father of two adult children alleged the patient, a 67-year-old retired Chicago Police Sergeant, died as a result of the failure of defendant, Virendra Bisla, M.D., to timely diagnose and treat the patient’s known pericardial effusion. Although the defendant, Dr. Bisla, was aware, from an CT scan ordered by the defendant and performed at the defendant’s medical practice, that the patient was suffering from a 3.0 cm pericardial effusion and was on the blood thinner, Coumadin, the defendant failed to discontinue or reduce the amount of Coumadin the patient was taking and failed to refer the patient for definitive care of the pericardial effusion which allegedly resulted in cardiac tamponade and death of the patient. The defendant settled the case for the full extent of his liability insurance.