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Illinois man says memories resurfaced when he found former Scout leader in the records

December 05, 2012|By Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune reporter

An Illinois man who more than 27 years ago was identified as a victim of a notorious Burbank pedophile filed suit Tuesday against the ex-Scout leader as well as the Boy Scouts, saying the group failed to protect him.

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CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN

A Cook County jury awarded $14,000,000 to a child born after 19 hours of labor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Evidence in the three week medical malpractice and birth injury trial showed that the obstetrician delayed delivery and ultimate C-section despite signs that the baby's fetal heart rate was in distress.  The hospital also violated its written policy on use of Pictocin after the mother developed excessive contractions, or tachystole.  As a result the baby experienced a partial prolonged hypoxia-- lack of oxygen in his brain-- and brain damage before his birth.  

Christopher T. Hurley and Mark R. McKenna represented the Hill family. 

"It's really a bittersweet result because while the family is happy that the jury has rendered a just result, they still have a brain-damaged child," Hurley said.

CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN

A Cook County jury awarded $14,000,000 to a child born after 19 hours of labor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Evidence in the three week medical malpractice and birth injury trial showed that the obstetrician delayed delivery and ultimate C-section despite signs that the baby's fetal heart rate was in distress.  The hospital also violated its written policy on use of Pictocin after the mother developed excessive contractions, or tachystole.  As a result the baby experienced a partial prolonged hypoxia-- lack of oxygen in his brain-- and brain damage before his birth.

Christopher T. Hurley and Mark R. McKenna represented the Hill family.

"It's really a bittersweet result because while the family is happy that the jury has rendered a just result, they still have a brain-damaged child," Hurley said.

Outside the courthouse with the parents right after the verdict was received.

On Monday, the law firm of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. won a $14 million jury verdict against Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Dr. Elias Sabbagha for the family of a boy who suffered a brain injury at birth. Over the course of a 3 ½ week trial, Christopher T. Hurley and Mark R. McKenna demonstrated to the jury that the negligence of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Dr. Sabbagha during the boy’s birth caused his brain damage. Specifically, they proved that Dr. Sabbagha failed to perform a timely C-section when it was apparent that the fetus was in distress.

The verdict comes as a relief for the boy’s parents who have courageously fought for justice on behalf of their son over the past several years. HM&M is proud to have represented these wonderful, caring parents. As trial lawyers, there is nothing more rewarding than attaining justice for families like the one in this case.

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SOUTHTOWN STAR

Five more men have filed claims in bankruptcy court alleging that they were sexually abused as boys while attending Southland Catholic schools operated by the Irish Christian Brothers, according to a Chicago law firm that’s representing the men.

The firm — Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. — said it now represents 27 Chicago-area men alleging abuse by members of the order, which founded Brother Rice and Leo high schools on the Southwest Side as well as St. Laurence High School in Burbank.

The order filed for bankruptcy in April 2011, and Wednesday is the deadline for alleged victims of abuse to file claims in the case. Attorneys from firms around the country have claimed that the bankruptcy filing was an attempt by the Catholic order to shield assets and block the filing of new lawsuits.

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