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Mathys & Schneid Wins $7,250,000 Settlement for Medical Malpractice Victim

Mark W. Mathys and Mark T. Schneid recently obtained a $7,250,000 settlement for our client in a failure to diagnose medical malpractice case in Cook County, Illinois.

On August 28, 2013, our previously healthy 29-year-old client returned to Chicago from a 2-week trip to West Africa, where she was visiting friends and family. She had an uneventful trip, but within a few days of returning to Chicago, she started to get a fever and began taking over-the-counter Tylenol. The fever worsened over the next several days and our client decided to go to a Chicago-area hospital for emergency room treatment.

The emergency room physician suspected malaria as a potential cause of the illness and ordered a malaria blood test to be completed on a STAT basis, which meant within 3 hours at this particular hospital. The hospital had an in-house lab to do the tests and it actually started to do the tests, but instead of completing them, the lab technicians chose to send the blood samples to an outside lab for testing without first notifying the emergency room doctor. The emergency room doctor discharged our client within 3 hours, before the malaria tests were completed. The malaria blood tests weren't completed by the outside lab until 3 days later. Had they been completed the same day as required, the blood tests would have shown that our client had simple malaria in the very early stages.

Meanwhile, our client was sent home from the ER and the next day her condition dramatically worsened. She was taken to a different Chicago-area hospital that eventually completed its own malaria blood test and diagnosed the malaria. Our client was provided medical treatment for malaria, but it was too late: the malaria had progressed to a very severe level and caused her to sustain brain damage and irreversible kidney damage.

Had the original malaria blood tests been completed STAT and reported to the emergency room physician STAT, as required by the first hospital's own written policies and procedures, our client's malaria could have been treated promptly and she would not have developed the brain or kidney damage. Due to the kidney damage from malaria, our client requires kidney dialysis, medications, and eventually a kidney transplant.

Mathys & Schneid sued the first hospital and emergency room doctor for their failure to diagnose the malaria before sending our client home without a plan. We retained the most highly qualified infectious disease doctor in the United States to help explain how the malaria should have been diagnosed at the first hospital and how the permanent damage to our client's kidneys should have been avoided.

Mark W. Mathys and Mark T. Schneid spent more than 40 hours over 4 days repeatedly presenting the facts of the case to different focus group jurors to further understand the favorable (and unfavorable) issues in the case from jurors' perspectives. The information we learned from the focus groups was invaluable and helped us perfect the case theory and overwhelm the defense very early in the litigation. The case settled at a mediation conference shortly after our client gave her deposition testimony.

We are honored for the opportunity to represent this wonderful woman, and we are grateful we were able to secure the financial security for her that she will definitely need for the rest of her life.

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continues to represent people and families who have sustained catastrophic injuries or wrongful death due to the medical negligence of hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties, and all throughout Illinois and the United States.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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