Bob Parker and Mike Bolde successfully defended a neurosurgeon in a medical malpractice case arising out of the death of a patient who suffered a fatal heart attack in the recovery room following spinal surgery. The claim was that the defendant failed to properly conduct a pre-operative evaluation to assess the patient's fitness for the extensive surgery. After a seven-day trial, a Lake County jury deliberated 3-1/2 hours before returning a unanimous defense verdict.
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The Senior Lawyers Section of the Indiana State Bar Association has a new Chairman - Dan Gioia was officially put in charge at the Annual Meeting which takes place from October 7th through 9th in French Lick. He also continues to serve as the Secretary of the A.D.R. Section Executive Council; and he will also represent Porter County as one of its duly appointed Members of the I.S.B.A. House of Delegates. Dan is attending C.L.E. Seminars on Family Law Arbitration and other timely topics, while enjoying the rustic beauty of West Baden.
We are pleased to announce that Paul A. Leonard, Jr. was notified that he has been selected once again to be included in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the family law category. This is Paul’s 10th consecutive year being included in the family law category of The Best Lawyers in America!
For the fourth straight year, Burke Costanza and Carberry LLP won the large firm division of the Indiana Attorney General’s statewide March Against Hunger Competition. This March, attorneys and staff donated 257 pounds of food and $4,302.70 to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The donation put the firm in first place in the Large Firm division. BCC also won the contest in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Like always, BCC came up with some unique ideas to help raise funds. One of those ideas was the "Pie To The Face" contest. Now in its 7th year, March Against Hunger has raised a total of 62,459 pounds of food and $282,027.91 in monetary donations for Indiana food banks. The program helps to address a serious need in the state of Indiana.
For the fourth time, the firm will be receiving a visit from Attorney General Greg Zoeller on June 12th, when he will present the 2015 Attorney General’s Cup. Check out last year's presentation.
Burke Costanza & Carberry partner Robert F. Parker recently recovered a settlement of almost $1.1 million for a Crown Point man who was injured during gallbladder surgery.
What was supposed to be a routine outpatient procedure to remove the patient’s gallbladder – one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States – turned into a lengthy hospital stay, including transfer to a Chicago hospital where a complicated repair surgery was performed to reconstruct the patient’s biliary tract.
In the subsequent medical malpractice lawsuit, Parker recovered the maximum amount allowable by Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act from the surgeon who performed the original procedure, and an additional $900,000 from the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund, the agency at the Department of Insurance that provides compensation to patients who are victims of medical malpractice in Indiana.
Interestingly enough, the patient had been to three other attorneys who declined to take his case before he was referred to BCC.