Marthaler v. Primary Care Physician

  • Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois04/03/2002
    Counsel: Mark M. Burden
    Client: Defendant Physician
    Outcome: Defense Verdict


Plaintiff suffered a massive ischemic stroke resulting in left sided hemiplegia, cognitive deficits and the need for permanent assistance with the activities of daily living.

She alleged that over a nine and one-half year period, the physician had negligently treated her hypertension and failed to recommend medications that would lower her cholesterol, thereby increasing her risk of a stroke.

Plaintiff also had been diagnosed and treated for peripheral vascular disease and arthrosclerosis.

The defense contended that the physician complied with the standard of care with respect to management of her hypertension and other illnesses.

Plaintiff sought $3.25 million. The jury returned a defense verdict.