JVR Trial Excellence Awards 2022


(SLLL l/33) (12S) 16L-319

SETTLEMENT: $20,000,000 (IL, Lake 19th Jud Cir)

PLTF ATTY(S): J. Matthew Dudley, Marisa Schostok of Dudley & Lake (Chicago, IL) Daniya (13) was being treated for meningitis/encephalitis on February 28, 2016 at the E/R. Allegedly continuous pulse oximetry monitoring was discontinued when Daniya was transported to radiology. Daniya suffered a hypoxic injury as a result and now requires constant care as a resident of Misericordia ($1,800,000 medl. expense). Nurses testified that the nasal cannula had been kept in place but CT images did not show any plastic tubing around the child’s face or nose. Defense claimed that the mother failed to provide a complete history including an event where Daniya had been tested for ocular myasthenia gravis. While Daniya tested negative for the disease, defense argued that had this detail been provided, they would not have discontinued monitoring. The E/R physician who ordered the monitoring testified the nursing staff should not have discontinued it in any event. $10,000,000 was paid by the partially self-insured hospital and $10,000,000 by Allied World (excess carrier). This is the highest reported Lake County medical malpractice settlement.

J. Matthew Dudley A co-founder of the firm of Dudley & Lake, Matt Dudley handles complex medical mal- practice and personal injury litigation. He is the immediate past President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the Executive Committee for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the Illi- nois State Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association and American Association for Justice. He has obtained numerous multi- million-dollar verdicts and settlements in counties throughout Illinois. He has been recognized by his peers both as a “Leading Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer.”

Marisa Schostok Marisa Schostok joined Dudley & Lake in 2016 after working as a criminal prosecutor in the Lake County States Attorney’s office. She focuses her practice on medical mal- practice, wrongful death, and personal injury litigation. She is an active member of the Il- linois Trial Lawyers Association, a co-chair of the ITLA Women’s Caucus, and the cur- rent President of the not-for-profit, the Mi - chael Matters Foundation, which provides financial assistance to brain tumor patients in Illinois. She has been recognized by her peers as both a “Rising Star” and “Emerging Lawyer.”

Dudley & Lake, LLC is a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm which focuses its practice on medical malpractice, wrongful death, complex personal injury, nursing home negligence and workers compensation. Dudley & Lake has office locations in Lake County, Chicago, and Peoria, and is proud to represent clients all over the state of Illinois.


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