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Mike Walsh and Nick Alsaka Receive Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Trial

May, 2018

On May 3, 2018, Mike Walsh and Nick Alsaka received a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County before Honorable Judge Thomas Lyons, II.  The trial lasted over three weeks. Plaintiff’s counsels argued that our client's emergency medicine physicians were negligent and caused the death of a 42 year old mother of one adult child by failing to diagnose and treat sepsis and toxic shock syndrome.  The hospital where the doctors worked and a nurse were also named defendants.  Prior to trial, Plaintiff’s demand was $7 million and no offer was made on  behalf of the doctors.  Seventeen experts took the stand and addressed issues ranging from the standard of care to sepsis, toxic shock syndrome and myocarditis.   At trial Plaintiff counsel asked the jury for $11 million.  The jury deliberated for three hours and returned a unanimous defense verdict.

Michael Walsh is the Managing Principal of the Kitch Chicago office.  Mr. Walsh has substantial experience as a trial lawyer in the areas of medical malpractice, long term health care, insurance defense, product liability and commercial litigation.

Nicholas (Nick) Alsaka is an associate attorney in the firm's Chicago office. He focuses his practice on litigation defense of personal injury, medical malpractice, post-acute care and wrongful death matters.