Illinois Jury Awards $14.75 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
November 15, 2021
A jury in Vermilion County, Illinois, reached a verdict of more than $14.75 million today in a medical malpractice action brought against Presence Hospitals, PRV, the former operator of the Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, Ill. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of L.B., a disabled person, through her guardian CIBC Bank USA.
The lawsuit alleged that Presence, individually and through its agents, was negligent in the medical care and treatment provided to L.B. while she was an inpatient at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center on April 22, 2014. L.B. was pregnant with twins and underwent a cesarean section procedure by the obstetrician on call, Mohannad Rajjoub, MD. Following the delivery of the twins, Rajjoub attempted to remove L.B.'s placenta when she had a condition known as placenta accreta, in which the placenta attaches deeply into the uterine wall. As a result, plaintiff presented evidence that the placenta was torn, and L.B. suffered massive hemorrhaging resulting in hypoxic brain injury and seizure like activity.
The plaintiff further alleged that negligent conduct of the anesthesiologist, Damon Green, MD, contributed to L.B.'s injuries. Plaintiff presented evidence that following the massive hemorrhage, L.B. did not receive proper resuscitative care which contributed to the hypoxia. This evidence included that no blood was available in the operating room for transfusion and that more than 30 minutes elapsed before the first transfusion was begun.
Plaintiff's medical expert in rehabilitation testified that L.B. sustained a severe and diffuse brain injury with global consequences, and that her intellectual age is 3 years, 3 months with an estimated IQ less than 34. L.B. is virtually totally dependent on all aspects of daily life and will require 24-hour, life-long care.
Presence Hospitals denied that Rajjoub and Green were its agents. It further maintained at trial that L.B. was not stable for transfer to a different hospital and required an emergency c-section during which the doctors and the hospital each acted within the standard of care.
The jury awarded the plaintiff a total of $14,756,744.03 consisting of $3 million each for loss of a normal life and pain and suffering, $7.4 million for future medical and caretaking expenses and $1,356,744.03 for past medical expenses.
Cooperative of American Physicians Announces Retirement of Deidri Hoppe from CAP Physicians Insurance Agency, Names Michael Dyse Her Successor
November 15, 2021
The Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) today announced the upcoming retirement of CAP Physicians Insurance Agency president and chief executive officer Deidri (Dee) Hoppe. After 10 years of service to CAP members, Hoppe will retire at the end of December 2021. She will be succeeded by Michael Dyse, who is currently CAP Agency vice president.
Hoppe joined CAP in 2011 and previously held the position of vice president, where she oversaw the property casualty insurance division. She was promoted to president and CEO of CAP Agency in 2016.
“Dee has been a strong and effective leader, instrumental in the growth of all lines of the CAP Agency,” said Sarah Scher, CAP chief executive officer. “Her use of technology to build the agency and the fact that she delivered almost $3 million in dividends to the CAP enterprise from the agency are particularly noteworthy. We will miss her and wish her much happiness in her retirement.”
Michael Dyse will take the reins as CAP Agency president, effective Jan. 1, 2022. He has worked at CAP since 2014. According to CAP, before moving to the Agency as vice president earlier this year, Dyse served as assistant vice president, CAP Membership Services, where he managed the largest groups and accounts across the CAP enterprise.
“With Michael’s extensive background, strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills, he is sure to build upon the success of an already thriving agency,” Scher said. “Michael has been working with the agency as he transitions into his new position, and we are excited about the innovative thinking he has already demonstrated.”
Michael Roque Named Positive Physicians Insurance Co. President
November 15, 2021
Positive Physicians Insurance Co. announced today that Michael G. Roque has joined the medical professional liability insurer as its new president.
Bringing more than 25 years’ experience in medical professional liability on both the broker and carrier sides of the industry, Roque most recently served as chief operating officer at Integris Group. He specializes in strategic planning, operations management and market growth.
“We are very pleased to have Michael join our team,” Lewis Sharps MD, Positive Physicians chief executive officer. “His knowledge and experience within the MPL industry will be a tremendous asset for PPIC. We look forward to his leadership and insight as we continue to expand and change the landscape of the MPL industry.”