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$7.00 Million | Vascular Surgery Negligence

Punctured Vein During Elective Surgery

A school teacher who was having elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital had his common iliac vein punctured by a surgery fellow. He was awarded a $7.00 million settlement.

Read the settlement report below:

COOK COUNTY JURY VERDICT REPORTER SETTLEMENT REPORT

CASE TITLE:
Anatoli Moskvine v. The University of Chicago Medical Center, Daniel Katz, M.D., VHS Acquisition Subsidiary Number 3, Inc., d/b/a Vanguard Weiss Memorial Hospital, Lakefront Medical Associates, LLC, d/b/a Vanguard Medical Group- Lakefront

COUNTY: Cook

CASE NUMBER: 13 L 8127

AMOUNT OF SETTLEMENT: $7,000,000.00

INSURANCE FOR DEFENDANT:
1. The University of Chicago Medical Center (SIR): Paid $2,000,000.00
2. Daniel Katz, M.D. (ISMIE): Paid $1,000,000.00
3. VHS Acquisition Subsidiary Number 3, Inc., d/b/a Vanguard Weiss Memorial Hospital, Lakefront Medical Associates, LLC, d/b/a Vanguard Medical Group- Lakefront (SIR): Paid $4,000,000.00

PLAINTIFF’S AGE (at time of occurrence): 64 (Male/White-Caucasian)

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: May 22, 2012

LOCATION OF OCCURRENCE:
Weiss Memorial Hospital

FACTS OF OCCURRENCE:
Plaintiff alleged Defendants committed negligence during an elective abdominal aortic aneurysm (“AAA”) repair surgery performed on May 22, 2012 at Weiss. During dissection near the left common iliac artery, a vascular surgery fellow punctured Mr. Moskvine’s left common iliac vein. The Plaintiff’s allegations included the claim that the Defendant vascular surgeons were not adequately experienced to perform the surgery, were negligent in their choice of where to dissect and how to dissect in the area of the vessels where they caused the injury, and were ill-prepared to respond to the injury intra-operatively given that they had to call for a vascular surgeon from the University of Chicago to fix the torn vein.

INJURIES:
Multiple subsequent surgeries including a 4-compartment fasciotomy, bone resections, thrombectomies and five (5) plastic surgeries. Plaintiff ultimately underwent open transmetatarsal amputations bilateral of the feet. The injury also caused kidney damage, heart damage and chronic lymphedema.

SPECIALS: $677,000.00

PAST & FUTURE LOST INCOME: $270,000.00

OCCUPATION: Teacher

ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF: John M. Power
Thomas H. Murphy
Hadas Corey
Cogan & Power, P.C.

ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS: Kay Schichtel
Sarah Ferrill
Swanson Martin & Bell

Carmel Cosgrave
Moses Suarez
SmithAmundsen, LLC

James Stamos
Matthew Karaskow
Stamos & Trucco

COMMENTS:
This case settled following the cross-examination of Dr. Katz. The trial was before the Honorable Thomas Lyons.

NAME & PHONE NUMBER OF PERSON SUBMITTING THIS REPORT:
John M. Power
March 13, 2017
(312) 477-2500

Punctured Common Iliac Vein from Cogan and Power, P.C.

The plaintiff’s allegations included the claim that the Defendant vascular surgeons were not adequately experienced to perform the surgery, were negligent in their choice of where to dissect and how to dissect in the area of the vessels where they caused the injury, and were ill-prepared to respond to the injury intra-operatively given that they had to call for a vascular surgeon from the University of Chicago to fix the torn vein.

Following the injury, multiple surgeries were required including a 4-compartment fasciotomy, bone resections, thrombectomies, and five plastic surgeries. The plaintiff underwent open trans metatarsal amputations bilateral of the feet. The injury also caused heart and kidney damage and chronic lymphedema.