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Romanucci & Blandin secures $28.7 Million verdict for wrongful death case against a Chicago-area hospital 

May 9, 2023

CHICAGO (May 10, 2023) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC announces that Partner Joseph E. Kolar and others obtained a $28.7 million wrongful death verdict on Monday, May 8, 2023, against a Chicago-area hospital. The case was tried in the Daley Center beginning April 24 and concluded on May 8 with the verdict after 3 hours of deliberations by the jury. The attorney for the defendants argued for a verdict in favor of the defendants but suggested a number of $7 to $9 million. The defendants’ last offer before trial was $1.5 million.

The decedent was a 44-year-old woman who was married and had one adult daughter. The decedent had a condition called Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. She had a severe cycle of vomiting and went to the hospital and was admitted by her primary care physician, who had privileges at the hospital. After 4 days, her doctor discharged her with an extremely high WBC (white blood cell count) and other abnormal labs indicating severe dehydration (hypovolemia). The attending doctor obtained no specialist consultations during the hospitalization, even though she admitted that she did not know how to help the woman’s symptoms. At home on the day of discharge, the woman collapsed from hypovolemic shock. She was brought back to the same hospital the same day. Her hypovolemic shock led to bowel death and a 9-month hospitalization until she died.

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About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci & Blandin is a Chicago-based national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of negligence, abuse and wrongful death. For 25 years, we have secured more than $850 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients - many for millions of dollars and others record-setting awards.  Our experience ranges from mass shootings, civil rights and police misconduct to medical malpractice, sexual abuse, motor vehicle accidents or workplace injury cases involving individual or institutional negligence. Romanucci & Blandin is a valuable legal resource to individuals and groups of people who have been injured by others’ wrongdoing. Referring attorneys and clients say several factors differentiate our firm: Our record of success, depth of experience, talented and dedicated legal team, tireless preparation and strategic use of communications to fight for the rights of those whose lives have been changed forever. We are different from other personal injury firms in that our work does not stop when a verdict or settlement is secured.  We are often inspired by our clients’ experiences and commit resources to create change in our communities. For more information about Romanucci & Blandin, please visit or call (312) 458-1000.

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