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Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered
Wheaton Office  630-462-1980
Chicago Office  312-372-1980
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$7.3 Million Dollar Jury Verdict

Bechtol v. Campbell

On June 20, 2006, a Circuit Court of Cook County Jury awarded $7,287,087.00 to one of our firm's catastrophically injured clients. Ed Walsh successfully prosecuted this challenging medical malpractice trial, which lasted 2 1/2 weeks. The case involved the professional negligence of an ENT surgeon who failed to properly surgically remove a non-cancerous facial tumor. After undergoing extensive corrective surgery by another surgeon, the plaintiff was left with significant facial paralysis and disfigurement. Prior to trial, Ed Walsh attempted to settle the case for $2.1 Million; however, the defendants, through their insurer, Illinois State Medical Insurance Exchange (ISMIE), offered $500,000 to settle the case. This unreasonable monetary offer was rejected and the case proceeded to trial, resulting in the $7.3 million jury verdict in favor of our client.

This is the third multi-million dollar medical malpractice verdict in excess of available insurance secured by Ed Walsh since 2003. This outstanding jury verdict was achieved due to several reasons: the ability of Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered to secure the pre-trial guidance and trial testimony of the finest medical expert Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeon witnesses; the use of digital computer demonstrative medical anatomical and documentary exhibits; and the use of Summation© software, which allows the trial attorneys to digitally file and instantaneously search and use all pre-trial deposition testimony and daily copy trial testimony.

Finally, the achievement of this record jury verdict was accomplished most significantly due to the trial skills and extensive medical malpractice experience of Ed Walsh and all of the members of our firm and its trial team. Their experience as medical malpractice trial lawyers allowed the jury to fully understand the complex medical and legal issues and award fair and reasonable compensation to their worthy client.

2150 Manchester Road, Suite 200
Wheaton, IL 60187 | 630-462-1980
221 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60601 | 312-372-1980
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