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WKC One of Only Six Illinois Firms to Handle Multiple Medical Negligence Trials

On December 1, 2007, John Kirkton, Editor, Jury Verdict Reporter, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, Chicago, addressed the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association at its Annual Medical Negligence seminar in Chicago. Mr. Kirkton was reporting on the medical negligence trials in Illinois during 2002-2007.

Mr. Kirkton presented a challenging question to the audience: Who tries these difficult cases? He went on to explain, My review of our published case summaries indicates that only 6 firms tried more than 5 medical malpractice cases to verdict in Illinois venues other than Cook County during the five year period. He then reported that Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, Wheaton is one of those 6 law firms.

The Trial Lawyers at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered are proud of their abilities and accomplishments in successfully representing their catastrophically injured clients in these most challenging medical negligence cases.

2007-2008 Environmental, Community and Worldwide Donations

Trial Lawyers Who Give Back

In 2007, the attorneys at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered continued to contribute a portion of the fees they secured through their dedication and commitment to professional excellence to select not-for-profit organizations.

Environmental Contributions

The firm has contracted, through Community Energy, (http://www.newwindenergy.com/) to purchase green energy power usage in wind energy for the 2008 year. Green energy power is produced from renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal energy, and landfill gas. These energy sources have dramatically lower pollution emissions and cause much less environmental damage than fossil fuels.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (http://www.nrdc.org/) is one of the nations most effective environmental action groups. Their mission is to safeguard the Earth, its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Earthjustice (http://www.earthjustice.org/) is a national non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. Earthjustice was founded as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund in 1971. Since then, it has become the leading nonprofit environmental law firm in the country.

The Nature Conservancy (http://www.thenatureconservancy.com/) is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people by private acquisition of those resources.

Community and Worldwide Contributions

The Peoples Resource Center (http://www.peoplesrc.org/) serves, as it has for the past 31 years, tens of thousands of DuPage County residents by providing assistance and help for today,food, clothing, and rent assistance, as well as hope for tomorrow, through literacy education, training, access to technology, and art enrichment.

The Annie Ryan Foundation (http://www.annierun.com/) supports families of children who have been diagnosed with pediatric brain tumors which are now the leading cause of childhood cancer related deaths. The Annie Ryan Foundation hosts the annual Annie Ryan Fun Run in Elmhurst which is committed to support the programs of the Midwest Childrens Brain Tumor Center. The journey that these families are on is a difficult one; but with continued sponsorship, the Center will continue offering the latest technology and family support programs.

Operation Smile (http://www.operationsmile.com/) volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Together, they create smiles, change lives, and heal humanity.

$2,500,000 Medical Malpractice Settlement

Circuit Court of Cook County 04L-12491. Trial lawyer Ed Walsh obtained this medical malpractice settlement for his client whose husband suffered congestive heart failure that ultimately lead to his death. The defendant physician failed to correctly interpret abnormalities in routine annual EKG tracings. As a result, treatable cardiac conditions were neglected and congestive heart failure developed. Defendant Dr. Thompson failed to recommend that Plaintiff's husband consult a cardiologist or receive further cardiac testing.

$1.55 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement

Ed Walsh recently settled DuPage County Circuit Court medical malpractice case number 03L1130 just prior to trial and after two extensive mediation sessions before the Honorable Hollis Webster. This case involved a 70 year old woman who suffered a neurologic stroke as a result of non-emergency orthopedic ankle surgery at Elmhurst Hospital. The defendants included an internist, orthopedic surgeon and two anesthesiologists.

Ed and Tom were able to achieve this outstanding result by demonstrating the negligence of the doctors through the testimony of four highly respected medical expert witnesses. They simplified the issue of the causation of the stroke by working with High Impact Graphics and created a digital video illustrating the physiology of the vascular neurologic injury. The catastrophic damages suffered by their client were presented with a day in the life digital movie and the use of Sanction evidentiary exhibit presentation software.

The extensive trial skills and medical malpractice experience of Ed, Tom and all of the members of the Firm and its trial team allowed them to simplify a very complex medical malpractice case and achieve a successful settlement.

The trial lawyers at WKC express their deep gratitude to all of those DCBA members who continue to refer their seriously injured clients to the Firm for limited representation, on a referral fee basis, in the challenging and specialized area of personal injury law .

Ed Walsh Speaks at ISBA Mid-Year Solo and Small Firm Conference

On September 6th Ed Walsh spoke to a large group of practicing lawyers at the 4th Annual ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference. Ed discussed his experiences and techniques on the Effective Use of Pre-Trial Discovery and the Case Theme.

Ed explained how the creation and development of the case theme can empower the practicing lawyer and provide meaning, purpose and direction to a lawyers creation and use of meaningful pre-trial discovery.

Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered is pleased to provide a copy of Eds ISBA written presentation and share the experience and expertise of its Trial Lawyers with the members of the State and local bar associations.

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