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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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Ryan Deane and Alexandra Baraff secure verdict in favor of Nurse Practitioner in Antelope Valley

In a two-week trial before Judge Brian C. Yep, Deane and Baraff successfully defended Emergency Medicine nurse practitioner against Plaintiff alleging permanent injury to her left hand in a slip and fall/hand laceration injury sustained on the job. Plaintiff, a Medi-Cal recipient, alleged that delay in being treated by a hand specialist caused further damage…

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Jury gives Jason Petersen and Jim Kjar defense verdict in Elder Abuse/Wrongful death trial

The case involved treatment given to an elderly patient. Plaintiff claimed that her mother was under the care of defendant for treatment of her heart and respiratory problems. The case contained claims for Elder Abuse, Wrongful Death/Medical Negligence and requested attorney fees and punitive damages against the health care provider, a national company. After a…

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Jon Schwalbach and Jim Kjar defense wrongful suspension case

A dermatologist practicing in a large Southern California medical group had his privileges revoked for failing to practice in a safe and reasonable matter. He appealed to a Superior Court Judicial Review Committee who overturned the findings of the medical group and found that the group’s actions were not reasonable. A lawsuit by the doctor…

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Jim Kjar and Hannah Dunn get defense award in another case involving bowel perforation

The patient underwent a removal of her gallbladder performed by a general surgeon. Five days post operatively she was admitted with a diagnosis of sepsis. A subsequent surgery found perforations of both her large and small intestines. She was hospitalized for several months and required multiple further surgeries and a permanent colostomy. She claimed damages…

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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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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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