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$3.2 Million Kidney Failure Settlment – Our Successes

CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN Friday, September 14, 2001
In Circuit Court Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel M. Locallo, on Monday approved a $3,215,000 settlement in the case of a woman who claimed her kidneys failed because of medical malpractice.

C.H. had been prescribed lithium, which is potentially harmful to the kidneys. Her kidneys eventually failed, and she is currently on dialysis awaiting a transplant. The plaintiff’s attorney, Joseph G. Klest of Schaumburg, claimed the prescribing doctor, John Hanni, failed to properly monitor C.H’s kidney function. He also said her internist, Dr. Charles Lynn, did not report results of blood tests that could have indicated there was a problem with her kidneys.

John G. Langhenry III of Mangan, Langhenry, Gillen & Lundquist said Hanni, who is now deceased, denied liability in the matter and said the settlement was a business decision. Lynn was represented by Alan J. Schumacher of Pretzel & Stouffer Chtd., who also said his client did not admit liability. Alice K. Kush of Hinshaw & Culbertson represented Lynn’s employer, Stratford Family Physicians. She was not available for comment Friday morning. C.H. v. David Hanni, executor of the Estate of John Hanni, deceased, et al., No. 98 L 6158