Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice cases — including doctor malpractice, surgical malpractice, and hospital malpractice— cover a wide range of conditions and situations.  If medical care, treatment or surgery results in harm caused by any form of negligence, there may have been medical malpractice.

Our firm is well experienced in complex medical malpractice cases. We handle a wide variety of cases, with special expertise in these areas:

  • Birth Injuries: Shoulder Dystocia and Erb’s Palsy
    Trief & Olk has significant experience with birth injuries.  To learn more, please visit our birth injury page or our Erb’s Palsy website.
  • Improperly performed laparoscopic abdominal or gallbladder surgery. Trief & Olk represents clients whose surgeons have damaged or cut the bile duct during laparoscopic gallbladder removal, resulting in a severed connection between the liver and the intestines.  To learn more, please visit our Laparoscopic Surgery page or Gallbladder website.
  • Orthopedic Malpractice. We represent clients who suffered from a wide variety of orthopedic or neurologic injuries as a result of inadequate surgical or orthopedic care.
  • Failure to properly and promptly treat heart attacks.  It is critical when a heart attack occurs for doctors to diagnose the condition correctly and treat the condition promptly. Trief & Olk represented clients who as a result of inadequate care suffered serious injuries.
  • Failure to properly treat eye conditions. Loss of vision is a horrendous price to pay for a doctor’s mistake. We have represented clients who became blind due to improper surgical procedures or incorrect treatment of their conditions.

Medical malpractice cases require experience, attention to detail, and a substantial financial investment for a variety of reasons:

  • It is often very difficult to determine exactly who was responsible for the malpractice, whether the hospital, one or more doctors, nursing staff, administrative staff, etc.
  • Medical malpractice is an expert-intensive area of the law.
  • Medical records are often hard to decipher and the attorneys conducting the discovery process must be able to interpret the records and notations.
  • The matters at issue are often quite technical requiring specific trial expertise.
  • Medical malpractice cases are especially challenging due to severe damages resulting in dramatically impacted lives or death.

 Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements:

Trief & Olk has successfully represented numerous clients in a broad range of medical malpractice cases including:

  • We represented an infant who was diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy after the delivering obstetrician pulled on the infant’s head when the shoulder was stuck. The defendant obstetrician denied that the shoulder was stuck and that she pulled on the infant’s head. At trial, however, the jury found for our client and awarded a seven-figure verdict. Post-verdict settlement resulted in a structured settlement worth many millions over the infant plaintiff’s lifetime.
  • After a vaginal delivery in which the physician failed to properly estimate the fetal weight and missed numerous other indications that the baby was too big to deliver without performing a caesarian section, our client’s baby suffered numerous medical complications, including Erb’s Palsy. We were able to reach a settlement which established an annuity with multimillion dollar benefits.
  • We successfully represented a mother and her child who developed Erb’s Palsy because her physician pulled excessively on an infant’s head after shoulder dystocia occurred during delivery. Even though the mother had failed to disclose that her first child had also had shoulder dystocia during delivery, we were able to reach a settlement which will result in the infant receiving over seven figures over the course of her life.
  • Trief & Olk represented a woman who suffered from septic shock and infections after her common bile duct was transected during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.  Even though the operative report showed no complications during the surgery and initial emergency room records downplayed the seriousness of the plaintiff’s post-operative condition, Trief & Olk were able to secure a settlement of multiple millions of dollars on behalf of the injured plaintiff.
  • Trief & Olk represented a woman who underwent laparoscopic gallbladder removal resulting in a transected common bile duct and a nicked left hepatic duct.  The procedure was performed by a hospital resident without informing the plaintiff. To make matters worse, when repairing the severed common bile duct and left hepatic duct, the physicians performed inappropriate procedures, essentially guaranteeing that the patient would suffer additional medical complications. Other elements of follow-up care were also inadequate.  Trief & Olk were successfully able to secure a seven-figure settlement during trial for the plaintiff.
  • Trief & Olk represented a woman who required a Roux-en-Y hepatico-jejunostomy and multiple procedures to address strictures, after her common bile duct was incorrectly identified as her cystic duct and cut during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Trief & Olk contended that the attending surgeon committed malpractice while supervising the procedure, which was actually performed by a resident. Trief & Olk were able to settle the plaintiff’s action for a high six-figure sum in advance of trial.
  • Trief & Olk represented a man who suffered permanent damage to his knee when his physician ignored his complaints of pain following knee surgery. Due to the delay in treatment, an infection developed in the knee that destroyed most of the patient’s cartilage. Trief & Olk successfully litigated the case through trial and won a verdict of over a half-million dollars for the plaintiff.
  • Trief & Olk represented a woman who underwent an unnecessary surgery due to poor advice by her surgeon. Even worse, during the surgery, the woman’s sciatic nerve was permanently damaged, resulting in a dropped foot and difficulty walking. Trief & Olk were able to secure a settlement of over a half-million dollars for the client.
  • Trief & Olk represented the estate of a woman who died due to poor advice by her physician. The deceased patient suffered from a chronic medical condition that made child birth extremely dangerous, but her physician, a specialist, improperly provided her clearance to undergo fertility treatment before the patient’s condition was at a safe level, and failed to adequately follow-up with the patient once the patient began experiencing symptoms indicating heart failure. Trief & Olk were able to obtain a settlement of a half-million dollars for the estate of the decedent.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.