THE RESULTS

The reputation of a law firm is built entirely on the respect and experience it is able to offer clients who need assistance with their professional liability defense issues. The senior trial lawyers at Kjar, McKenna & Stockalper have been practicing in the industry for over 25 years and have dealt with nearly every kind of defense issue there is. With the support of our young, innovative legal team, KMS has won victory after victory for our clients ranging from trial and arbitration victories, dispositive motions and dismissals. These are examples out of a small sample set of our cases. Please keep in mind that every case is fact specific and different, and that these outcomes do not represent what we may be able to obtain for you in your specific case.

Jury gives Katie Lafferty defense verdict in case alleging negligent laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Plaintiff underwent laparoscopic removal of her gallbladder for cholelithiasis and gallstones. After the procedure, she was diagnosed with a perforation injury to her small bowel. Plaintiff contended that the surgeon was negligent in causing the perforation and compounded his malpractice by failing to diagnose the perforation postoperatively. Plaintiff developed sepsis and required multiple subsequent operations,…

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Ryan Deane successfully defends a deceased cosmetic surgeon

Plaintiff, an attorney, underwent breast augmentation and rhinoplasty by a cosmetic surgeon who used a controversial umbilical approach for the breast implants. She required multiple subsequent surgeries by other plastic surgeons. Plaintiff claimed permanent disfiguring injuries to her face and breasts. The defendant surgeon died before the lawsuit was filed, and therefore his version of…

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Ryan Deane defends case involving widow’s loss of her husband on their wedding night

Plaintiff was the widow of a man who died in a motorcycle accident on their wedding night. He received major internal injuries including an open book fracture of the pelvis. After resuscitative efforts, including surgery, failed, a wrongful death claim was filed. Plaintiff claimed that the emergency room doctor, as part of the trauma team,…

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Katie Lafferty obtains defense award in arbitration of bariatric surgery death case

This case involved a patient who underwent a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure. Following the procedure, the patient developed a leak at the anastomosis, became septic, went into multiple system organ failure and died. Katie tried the case in front of a former plaintiff personal injury lawyer and successfully defended all members of the surgical team.

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Jon Schwalbach and Hanna Dunn win case claiming negligent bowel perforation

The case involved a patient who underwent a laparascopic repair of a ventral hernia and suffered a perforation of her colon. She was in the ICU for 3 months and claimed permanent injuries including anoxic brain damage. Testimony from numerous specialties was involved including general surgery and pathology/histology.The defense successfully argued that the perforation was…

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Robert McKenna wins jury trial in a record setting twenty minutes of jury deliberation.

Plaintiff suffered complete paralysis following an epidural procedure. This was followed by weeks of hospitalizations and rehabilitation that left her unable to walk independently, drive or otherwise take care of activities of daily living. This potential multi-million dollar case resulted in the swiftest defense verdict in Mr. McKenna’s career. Following closing arguments, the jury deliberated…

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Patrick Stockalper obtains defense verdict in steroid-induced glaucoma case

Plaintiff underwent surgery by the defendant to remove a pterygium in his right eye. He alleged that he was prescribed steroids by the defendant for post-operative pain and inflammation after the surgery by the defendant although the defendant failed to properly check his eye pressure in the post-operative period. Steroids are known to cause an…

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Jury gives Jon Schwalbach and Jim Kjar defense verdict in case alleging negligent ERCP procedure.

Plaintiff underwent an emergency ERCP procedure and stent placement by defendant interventional gastroenterologist at a local hospital. Plaintiff claimed that at the time of her discharge and thereafter the physician did not give her adequate followup instructions regarding removal of the stent he placed and in fact refused to remove it because she did not…

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Patient v. OBGYN Practitioner

Ryan Deane represented a OBGYN practitioner in a medical malpractice case involving transection of illiohypogastric nerve during performance of a cesarean section delivery. The patient underwent subsequent surgical repair of the transected nerve, however, the patient continued with severe and debilitating pain and was ultimately diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome. The patient continued to…

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Judge Renders Defense Verdict in Favor of Jon Schwalbach and Jim Kjar

Plaintiff underwent a thymectomy procedure for Myasthenia Gravis. Following the surgery he developed a bilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve injury which left him without a functioning voice. Plaintiff’s expert, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Rutgers University testified that the surgeon went too far laterally in his dissection and injured the nerves. The defense contended that the…

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