Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Phillips Law Offices Secure $3.8 Million Settlement for Family of 45 Year-Old Cook County Man

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Firm secures compensation for widow and three children after failure of doctors at Resurrection Medical Center to provide proper treatment resulted in tragic death

“This was a tragedy that could have been avoided by the treatment that Abraham needed and deserved,” said Mr. Hornewer.

The legal team from Phillips Law Offices, an Illinois medical malpractice law firm, has completed a $3.8 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 45 year-old man who died at Resurrection Medical Center in 2007 just three days after surgery to remove a benign tumor in his heart.

The case, Pinarkyil v. Resurrection Medical Center, et. al. (Case No. L 10009) was on trial before Hon. Patrick F. Lustig of the Circuit Court of Cook County at the time the settlement was reached. Judge Lustig entered the order dismissing the case pursuant to the settlement on May 19, 2011.

The case stemmed from a series of events in June 2007. The plaintiff's complaint alleged that after his surgery on June 1st, Abraham Pinarkyil began to experience cardiac abnormalities -- as well as signs of shock – while in the ICU. Although he was initially treated with fluids and medications, Mr. Pinarkyil showed no significant improvement. Over the next two days, tests indicated he was having continued dramatic reductions in cardiac output, but Mr. Pinarkyil tragically passed away on June 4th.

Mr. Pinarkyil’s family -- consisting of his widow, two daughters and his then unborn son -- retained Chicago medical malpractice lawyer Charles Hornewer of Phillips Law Offices in 2007. Mr. Hornewer filed a lawsuit against Resurrection Medical Center and physicians there, alleging that the physicians at the hospital failed to diagnose that Mr. Pinarkyil’s shock was due to a problem with his heart. The attorneys contended that, had the doctors intervened with devices like an intra-aortic balloon pump to protect the heart, he would not have suffered the organ failure and cardio-pulmonary arrest that resulted in his death.

“This was a tragedy that could have been avoided by the treatment that Abraham needed and deserved,” said Mr. Hornewer, who has experience with a wide range of Illinois medical malpractice cases. “Our hope is that this compensation will help offset the financial impact of his loss to his widow and daughters, as well as the son who will grow up without ever having met his father.”

For more than 65 years, the attorneys of the Phillips Law Offices in Chicago have been protecting Illinois individuals and families from the negligent acts of the medical professionals who put everyone’s life and health in danger by their actions. Founding partner Stephen D. Phillips and his colleagues have been privileged to represent those who have lost a child, spouse, sibling, or parent, or were personally victimized as a result of physician malpractice, mesothelioma, traumatic brain injuries, hospital negligence, pharmaceutical injuries and dental malpractice. For more information, please go to


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