Judge Hanlon Settles $3 Million Medical Malpractice Case - ADR Systems

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Hon. Kay M. Halon (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, settled a $3 million medical malpractice case involving an alleged misdiagnosis and rushed, negligent medical judgement.

The case stemmed from a 2015 incident in which a woman presented to the hospital complaining of abdominal pain and associated symptoms. She was diagnosed with a mass in her right adrenal gland, which the doctor informed her was likely cancerous and would require surgery as soon as possible. The surgery resulted in severe vascular injuries and the consequent blood loss led to her death.

The ensuing pathology of the adrenal mass showed that the woman did not, in fact, have cancer. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant negligently rushed to judgement in concluding that the mass was cancer and that surgery was necessary.

“In any death case there are additional layers of emotions that must be walked through,” Judge Hanlon said. “It is important for a neutral to be able to manage many different issues, including emotions, in order to reach a settlement.”

Judge Hanlon worked calmly and diligently to help the parties find closure by reaching a settlement, and her experience in medical malpractice cases was essential in settling this case.

Judge Hanlon has expertise in resolving personal injury actions such as medical malpractice, mass torts and product liability, as well as commercial actions such as legal malpractice, eminent domain and subrogation. Counsel who appeared before Judge Hanlon find her to be perpetually prepared and ready to listen attentively.

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Keith Aeschliman, Esq.Assistant State's Attorney, Civil Division - Will County, Illinois
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