$725,000 for a 20-year old woman injured as a result of medical malpractice

Committed to fighting for the rights of its clients, Whiting Law Group successfully secured a significant medical malpractice settlement for a young woman injured during the surgical removal of her gall bladder. The firm’s Chicago personal injury lawyers pursued the case for almost five years in order to obtain a just settlement of $725,000.00 for the Plaintiff.

In July 2008, Ms. Kimmara Smith, the Plaintiff, was a 20-year old student. At that time, the Plaintiff underwent a laprascopic cholecystectomy at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, Illinois. The surgery was performed by the defendant surgeon, Dr. Manuel Perez.

Shortly thereafter – yet while still in the hospital – it was discovered that the Plaintiff suffered a common bile duct injury during the surgery by the Defendant, Dr. Perez. The Plaintiff was then transferred to University of Illinois (Chicago) Hospital for further diagnosis and treatment.

On July 22, 2008 Dr. Piercristoforo Giulianotti performed a roux-en-Y intrahepatic hepaticojejunostomy. The Plaintiff suffered minor complications following that procedure. She underwent several outpatient procedures to repair biliary strictures that developed as a result of the procedures on July 22. Fortunately, Ms. Smith did not suffer liver damage and has not required further medical treatment for the common bile duct injury.

In securing the six-figure settlement for medical malpractice, Timothy M. Whiting, reflected on the case:

“This case was particularly contentious given that although the nature of Kimmara’s injury was a common risk with gall bladder surgery, the cause of her injury was not a common or accepted risk. It took the firm a number of years to build the case and to convince the Defendant that he had committed medical malpractice and, therefore, to offer Kimmara a fair settlement for the pain and suffering inflicted upon her. This case represented Whiting Law Group’s relentless pursuit of justice — how we never give up fighting for our clients.”

Whiting Law Group is a firm with extensive experience in medical malpractice law. Over more than a decade of fighting for the rights of clients in personal injury lawsuits, the firm has won millions of dollars in personal injury damages.

If you or one of your loved ones were injured in a medical procedure, “Whiting Law Group: invites you to contact Tim Whiting and his colleagues for a free consultation. Tim can be reached on 877-936-7200, via email at or through the firm’s FREE CASE REVIEW form.

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