Jury Verdict in Favor of Defendant Upheld

John G. Langhenry III and Melissa J. Gordon successfully defended the appeal of a 2008 trial verdict in their client’s favor. The plaintiffs alleged medical negligence in relation to the treatment of an infection following heart surgery. The Appellate Court affirmed Trial Court rulings received by the defense on eight separate issues. The significant rulings contained in the published opinion include the use of licensure reprimands to impeach expert witnesses, the exclusion of evidence of a common insurance carrier between the defendant and other witnesses and the use of previously withdrawn opinions of the plaintiffs’ expert to establish a sole proximate cause defense. The Illinois Supreme Court denied Plaintiff’s Petition for Leave to Appeal.