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Verdicts and Settlements

The attorneys at Hilbrich Law Firm have successfully represented thousands of clients and have achieved substantial verdicts and settlements for them. We are proud to provide you with summaries of some of our results. If you have been injured, contact Hilbrich Law Firm today and we will fight on your behalf to obtain fair compensation for you.

Important Disclaimer: Past results cannot and do not guarantee future performance. A particular result in a particular case does not constitute a promise, prediction, or guarantee regarding a particular result in any other case. Each case involves many different factors, so results will differ on a case-to-case basis.

Representative Case Results

  • $6,200,000 Jury Verdict. Fall at Hospital (Fractured Hip and Bed Sores).

    This medical malpractice case involved a 78-year old woman who fell off an X-ray table, broke her hip, and developed bed sores. Her life expectancy was reduced by 22 months. The defendant hospital sent the patient home with bed sores and she never fully recovered.

  • $3,000,000 Settlement. Truck Accident (Wrongful Death).

    This case involved an intersection accident where a truck entered the intersection and hit a passenger vehicle on a service road. The driver of the passenger vehicle was killed. The truck company denied liability.

  • $2,160,000 Jury Verdict. Negligent Delivery of Baby (Erb's Palsy).

    In this medical malpractice case, a baby sustained a brachial plexis injury known as Erb's Palsy at birth when the OB/GYN failed to timely perform a cesarean section. The mother's second stage of labor lasted four hours and the physician mismanaged a condition known as shoulder dystocia, which causes the baby's shoulder to become stuck on the mother's pubic bone. The baby was found to have a 5-10% permanent impairment with her arm. The jury awarded damages to the child and to the parents for the negligent delivery and the Court ordered an additional $60,000 for prejudgment interest.

  • $5,200,000 Verdict. Failure To Diagnose (Breast Cancer).

    This medical malpractice case involved a one year delay in the detection of breast cancer and caused a decreased chance of a final cure of the breast cancer. The patient is in remission. The jury concluded that the increased risk of cancer is a valuable damage.

  • $3,000,000 Verdict. Surgical Errors (Wrongful Death).

    This medical malpractice case involved a death of an 80-year old woman who went to the hospital for a routine surgical insertion of a venacava filter. Within 15 hours after the operation, she was found dead. We filed suit against the doctor who gave inappropriate attention to phone calls from the hospital and the hospital staff who failed to appropriately monitor the patient.

  • $1,075,000 Settlement. Detached Retina (Blindness in One Eye).

    This client suffered blindness in one eye from a detached retina that was not timely diagnosed by an Optometrist. By the time she was referred to an Ophthalmologist, her vision could not be saved in one eye. The Optometrist paid the maximum amount under the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act and the Patient's Compensation Fund paid the excess.

  • $420,000 Settlement. Truck Accident (Herniated Disc).

    The defendant ran a red light and crashed into the plaintiff's car.  Plaintiff suffered a herniated cervical disc and underwent surgery, and also suffered a shoulder injury.  The truck's insurance company settled the case prior to a lawsuit being filed.

  • $300,000 Settlement. Slip and Fall on Sidewalk (Fractured Arm).

    A man slipped and fell on a sidewalk at his workplace and broke his arm requiring surgery. The company responsible for maintaining the sidewalk was sued and the case settled before mediation or trial.

  • $750,000 Jury Verdict. Car Crash with Police Car (Shoulder Injury).

    In this case, a police car entered an intersection without lights or siren, and crashed into the plaintiff's van causing a shoulder injury. Her medical bills were $4,000.

  • $1,250,000 Settlement. Negligent Delivery of Baby (Cerebral Palsy).

    This medical malpractice case involved a catastrophic birth where a doctor and the hospital staff delayed an emergency cesarean section resulting in a fetus being starved for oxygen and essentially born dead. Apgars were zero at one minute, zero at five minutes, and zero at ten minutes. Miraculously, the baby survived but will have cerebral palsy for her entire life. Our investigation of the event revealed that the doctor was called by the hospital staff but continued to fall back asleep, and no other doctor was called. The case settled for the maximum statutory amount.

  • $3,000,000 Settlement. Surgical Errors (Brain Injury).

    This medical malpractice case involved mistakes made during brain surgery at a major university hospital. The defendant performed experimental surgery on a 78 year old patient.

  • $750,000 Settlement. Fall at Hospital (Fractured Ankle).

    A mentally disabled man who was a fall risk at a hospital was left unmonitored and fell getting out of bed. The patient suffered a fractured ankle and developed significant complications that the defense blamed on him.

  • $500,000 Jury Verdict. Surgical Errors (Bile Duct Clipped).

    This medical malpractice case involved a surgeon who clipped a woman's common bile duct when he removed her gallbladder. This required an additional surgery to correct the mistake. Although the physician denied he was negligent, the jury found he was and awarded the woman damages.

  • $2,700,000 Jury Verdict. Failure to Diagnose Cancer (Medical Malpractice).

    A lawsuit was brought by a Stage 3 cancer patient whose X-rays were lost causing a one year delay in treatment. His chances of survival decreased 10%.

  • $850,000 Settlement.  Illinois Car Crash (Wrongful Death).

    This case involved a 20-year old girl whose vehicle was forced off of an Illinois highway by another vehicle who fled the scene.  The girl's car spun two and one-half times and wrapped around a tree.  The girl died instantly. The client left a mother, father, and sister, all of whom had claims under Illinois law.

  • $1,200,000 Settlement.  Angiogram Incident (Heart Damage).

    An elderly woman underwent an angiogram after experiencing chest pain.  The cardiologist attempted to clear some blockage and punctured a blood vessel that took a significant amount of time to repair it.  The woman suffered heart damage, but she survived.

  • $250,000 Jury Verdict. Trip and Fall at Casino (Fractured Wrist).

    This was a premises liability case involving a trip and fall at a local casino. The plaintiff tripped and fell over a slope in the floor that was camouflaged by brightly colored carpet. She sustained a wrist fracture that required surgery. After comparative fault of 40% was assessed to her, the judgment amount was $150,000.

  • $1,200,000 Settlement. Negligent Delivery of Baby (Stillbirth).

    Here, a pregnant woman came to a hospital in labor and was delayed treatment.  The baby was a stillborn. The hospital settled for their maximum exposure under the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act. The Patient's Compensation Fund also paid their maximum amount under the cap, less $50,000 for a prompt, no contest settlement.

  • $650,000 Settlement. Surgical Fire (Facial Burns).

    A middle-aged man received minor facial burns during a surgical procedure.  The theory was that oxygen mixed in the anesthesia combined with the electrical cautery and surgical prep solution caused the fire.

  • $110,000 Jury Verdict. Car Crash (Bulging Discs in Neck).

    A motorist was rear-ended and sustained bulging discs in his neck, but did not require any surgery. He underwent conservative treatment and physical therapy and his medical expenses were $11,000.

  • $195,000 Settlement. Fall on Bench at Store (Fractured Hip).

    This premises liability case involved an elderly lady who was shopping at a department store.  As she sat on a display bench, it collapsed and she fell and broke her hip.  She passed away 17 months later due to an unrelated illness.  She underwent surgery and during her last 17 months of her life suffered from the pain caused by the fall.  The case was settled at mediation.

  • $150,000 Settlement. Car Crash (Personal Injuries).

    This case involved a vehicle driven by a husband and wife that was T-boned at a local intersection. Our investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle was running an errand for her employer. The clients suffered soft tissue injuries, but substantially interfered with their employment as well as their outdoor sporting activities. The case was settled with the employer at mediation.

  • $1,225,000 Settlement. Failure to Diagnose DVT (Partial Leg Amputation).

    This was a medical malpractice case involving a general practitioner who failed to diagnose deep vein thrombosis. The middle aged woman suffered a decreased chance of saving her leg. The physician agreed to settle for his maximum liability under the Medical Malpractice Act and the Patient's Compensation Fund paid the maximum, less $25,000 for a prompt, no contest settlement.

  • $100,000 Jury Verdict. Surgical Mistake (Neck Injury).

    A man in his 80s suffered a neck injury during a surgical procedure and died two weeks later from an unrelated cause. The jury found that the Anesthesiologist and hospital were negligent and awarded the man's estate $100,000 in damages for the pain and suffering he endured for those two weeks.

  • $675,000 Settlement. Failure to Treat Elderly Patient (Wrongful Death).

    An elderly woman in her late 80s presented to an Emergency Department with an intestinal torsion. A snow storm prevented the woman from being seen by a surgeon or transferred. The patient died in the hospital and her adult daughter made the claim. The hospital agreed to settle for its maximum liability under the Medical Malpractice Act and the Patient's Compensation Fund contributed an additional $425,000, as the daughter wished to avoid going to trial.

  • $500,000 Verdict. Fall at Hospital (Fractured Hip).

    This medical malpractice action was brought by the daughters of a 98-year-old man who fell at a hospital and sustained a fractured hip. The hospital was negligent in failing to properly monitor him to prevent him from falling. The hip fracture and resultant surgery caused him to be disabled for the remainder of his life of 15 months.

  • $262,500 Settlement. Slip and Fall at Restaurant (Fractured Arm).

    A man slipped and fell on a wet floor at a restaurant while delivering supplies prior to the restaurant opening. He broke his arm. The case settled at mediation.

  • $100,000 Settlement. Firework Negligence (Eye Injury).

    The plaintiff was struck in the eye by an errant bottle rocket thrown by a minor.  The homeowner's insurance company of the minor's parents paid its policy limits.

  • $58,500 Settlement. Minor Car Accident (Neck Pain).

    A woman was involved in a minor car accident that caused less than $1,000 in property damage to her vehicle.  She sustained an aggravation of a pre-existing neck condition that required an epidural pain injection.

  • $230,000 Settlement. Illinois Car Crash (Fractured Wrist).

    The plaintiff attended a concert in Illinois and on his way home to Indiana was involved in a motor vehicle collision. He sustained a fractured wrist that required surgery.

  • $225,000 Settlement. Trip and Fall (Leg Injury).

    This was a premises liability case involving a man who tripped and fell on his friend's property during a party and suffered a severe leg injury. The homeowner's insurance company settled the case before trial after depositions were taken.

  • $1,150,000 Settlement. Negligent Delivery of Baby (Stillbirth).

    This case involved the failure to perform a timely C-section for a fetus showing clear signs of distress. The mother had suffered from a placental abruption, so an emergency C-section was required. Due to unreasonable delays in starting the C-section, the baby died in utero. 

  • $1,200,000 Settlement. Failure to Diagnose (Breast Cancer).

    This claim involved the failure to diagnose breast cancer.  A radiologist misread a mammogram and failed to detect an abnormal mass, which later was found to be cancer. The patient's diagnosis was delayed by one year and she ultimately died from the cancer. The radiologist paid the maximum amount under the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act, with the Patient's Compensation Fund also paying their maximum exposure, less $50,000 for a prompt, no contest settlement.

  • $105,000 Settlement. Slip and Fall at Store (Fractured Wrist).

    A retried woman slipped and fell inside a pharmacy after it had been raining.  She broke her wrist, but her physician indicated she made a very good recovery.

  • $210,000 Settlement. Trip and Fall Down Stairs (Fractured Leg).

    This was a premises liability case involving a mother who was carrying her baby down residential stairs and fell because there was no proper handrail on the stairs.  She suffered a leg fracture that required surgery. Her baby was not injured.  The homeowner's insurance company settled before trial.

  • $60,000 Settlement. Over Served Alcohol at Casino (Fractured Hip).

    This dramshop case was brought by a customer who was over-served alcohol at a casino. After being served alcohol over several hours, he fell down the escalator and fractured his hip.  The casino kept serving him despite him being visibly intoxicated. The settlement took into consideration the plaintiff's comparative fault in causing his own injuries.

  • $750,000 Settlement. Negligent Delivery of Baby (Medical Malpractice).

    This claim was brought for the late delivery of a baby. This case settled for the maximum amount available under the Medical Malpractice Act (at that time).

  • $732,500 Settlement. Failure to Diagnose (Prostate Cancer).

    A general practitioner failed to recommend a PSA test to an elderly man, resulting in failure to diagnose prostate cancer.  The man suffered a decreased chance of survival. The physician agreed to settle for his maximum liability under the Medical Malpractice Act (at that time) and the Patient's Compensation Fund paid the maximum, less $17,500 for a prompt, no contest settlement.

  • $80,000 Settlement. Gym Bleacher Incident (Knee Injury).

    A man injured his knee in a gym bleacher that was being closed.  He regained full use of his knee.  The case settled at mediation.

  • $65,000 Settlement. Trip and Fall on Handicap Ramp (Facial Injuries).

    This premises liability case involved the trip and fall of a 80 year old woman at a local bank. The area of the fall was recently paved and there were no markings on the ground indicating a handicap ramp. The plaintiff fell onto her face and sustained a fractured nose.

  • $723,500 Settlement. Negligent Delivery of Baby (Erb's Palsy).

    An OB/GYN failed to recognize risk factors for shoulder dystocia and the baby suffered a brachial plexis injury/Erb's Palsy. The physician agreed to settle for the maximum liability under the Medical Malpractice Act (at that time) and the Patient's Compensation Fund paid the maximum, less $26,500 for a prompt, no contest settlement.

  • $90,000 Settlement. Surgical Mistake (Additional Surgery).

    An orthopedic surgeon left a small surgical instrument inside a patient following hip surgery.  A post-op x-ray showed the small instrument and a second brief procedure to remove it was required.

  • $85,000 Settlement. Slip and Fall at Store (Fractured Hip).

    This case involved a slip and fall at a local drug store. The plaintiff was 81 years old and was leaving the store on a snowy day. The employees of the store had negligently shoveled the snow from the sidewalk onto the parking lot which caused ice to form below the snow. The plaintiff slipped and fell on the hidden ice and fractured his hip.

  • $375,000 Settlement. Nursing Home Neglect (Wrongful Death).

    This nursing home negligence case involved a 14 year old ventilator dependent child who died from the negligent supervision of her ventilator. The child was dependent on a ventilator since birth due to her progressive myotonic dystrophy, cerebral palsy, profound mental retardation, and many other comorbidities. She could not walk or talk, and she had outlived her life expectancy. The claim was brought by her parents who chose to settle rather than to endure a long and painful trial.

  • $67,500 Settlement. Slip and Fall at Store (Knee Injury).

    An 18-year-old girl wearing flip flops slipped and fell on an unknown substance in a department store.  She injured her knee and treated for about six months.  Her physician noted she made a complete recovery.

  • $285,000 Settlement. Car Crash (Hip Surgery).

    This case involved a motor vehicle accident in which the defendant negligently pulled in front of plaintiff's vehicle. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her hip which required surgery and rehabilitation.

  • $120,000 Settlement. Fall at Nursing Home (Head Pain).

    An elderly nursing home resident fell in her shower and hit her head. She had to be hospitalized and monitored for seventeen days, but was released with no residual problems. The nursing home settled before litigation was commenced.

  • $80,000 Settlement. Bicycle Accident (Wrist Fracture).

    The plaintiff was struck by a car door while riding his bicycle in a marked lane in downtown Indianapolis.  He suffered a fractured wrist.  This case settled at mediation.

  • $250,000 Settlement. House Fire (Wrongful Death).

    This case involved the tragic death of three children who died in a house fire. The rental home did not have working smoke detectors and the windows were covered with steel bars making escape from the blaze impossible. The plaintiff was the mother of the three children who, in addition to other claimants, recovered the policy limits of the homeowner's insurance policy.

  • $650,000 Jury Verdict. Negligent Wound Care (Medical Malpractice).

    This was a claim of negligent wound care. The patient died of other causes.

  • $75,000 Settlement. Retained Sponge During Surgery (Infections).

    This case involved a routine colon resection where the doctor and the hospital staff did not remove all surgical sponges. Instead, a surgical sponge was left inside the patient for a total of 60 days which caused infections to the patient.

  • $1,540,000 Jury Verdict. Incontinence Surgery Errors (Vaginal Injury).

    This medical malpractice case involved a woman who underwent a routine surgery to correct a problem of incontinence. The surgery left her with a vaginal depth of less than two inches.  The doctor denied any wrongdoing. We showed that there were several alternative surgical procedures that could have been done and that the surgical procedure that was done was not done correctly.

  • $1,450,000 Jury Verdict. Gall Bladder Surgical Errors (Wrongful Death).

    This case involved a surgical error in performing a gall bladder removal. The surgeon negligently clipped the patient's common bile duct and did not timely transfer her for repair. The elderly patient died thirteen days after the procedure. The elderly woman only had a two year life expectancy even if the procedure was done properly. She was widowed and her adult daughter brought the cause of action. In addition to the verdict, the Judge awarded $150,000 for prejudgment interest.

    Important DisclaimerPast results cannot and do not guarantee future performance. A particular result in a particular case does not constitute a promise, prediction, or guarantee regarding a particular result in any other case. Each case involves many different factors, so results will differ on a case-to-case basis.


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