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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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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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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Robert McKenna Defenses a Wrongful Death Case in Riverside County

The decedent presented to a local emergency room with a month long history of spontaneous bleeding from the mouth and nose secondary to extensive over coagulation. The initial work up of the patient revealed an INR in excess of 10 and the patient was discharged home having been given oral vitamin K and being told…

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