Cuthbertson v. Defendant Surgeon

  • Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois08/01/1997
    Client: Defendant Surgeon
    Outcome: Defense Verdict


Malpractice action against thoracic surgeon for failure to diagnose metastatic lung cancer.

Plaintiffs alleged that the surgeon failed to perform adequate testing and failed to identify existing lung cancer during a thoracotomy procedure on the decedent, a 51-year-old father of two minor children. Lung cancer was later diagnosed, leading to more than a year of surgery and therapy before decedent’s death.

During decedent’s treatment phase, his teenage daughter was injured in a gymnastics accident, rendering her a quadriplegic.

Plaintiff sought over $5.5 million. The jury returned a defense verdict.