Aardema Whitelaw, PLLC

Medical Malpractice Trial Results

Michigan Medical Malpractice Defense Attorneys

At the Grand Rapids law firm of Aardema Whitelaw, PLLC, our attorneys have taken numerous medical malpractice cases to trial, and our record in the courtroom is impeccable.

Here are some of our more recent medical malpractice trial results.

Forsythe v Allegan General Hospital and Preusz
Defense Attorneys: Brian Whitelaw and Vanessa McCamant
Court: Allegan County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

Brian Whitelaw and Vanessa McCamant obtained a defense victory in this medical malpractice claim filed by a 52-year old physician and pharmacist. The plaintiff-physician was brought into the ER by ambulance following a suicide attempt at home, via an overdose of prescribed medications. After being fully evaluated and medically cleared for admission to the psych/med unit, before he was picked-up for transfer to the unit, plaintiff unplugged the power cord from his cardiac monitor and hung himself from an overhead light fixture. He was quickly found and resuscitated, but remained comatose for 2 weeks and had an anoxic brain injury that ended his career as a physician and pharmacist. After an 11-day trial, the jury found the ER physician and hospital nurses complied with the standard of care.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Report

Estate of Branham v Umran
Defense Attorneys: Brian Whitelaw and Vanessa McCamant
Court: Mason County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

Brian Whitelaw and Vanessa McCamant obtained a defense victory in this medical malpractice/wrongful death claim on behalf of the Estate of a 74-year-old man who suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest following a colonoscopy, resulting in severe brain damage. The patient was removed from life support after EEG testing revealed brain death. After a 7-day trial, it took the jury less than an hour to determine the surgeon complied with the standard of care.
Michigan Lawyers Weekly Report
Ludington Daily News Report

Hord v Certified Emergency Medicine Specialists, PC
Defense Attorneys: Brian Whitelaw and Timothy Buchalski
Court: Kent County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

Brian Whitelaw and Timothy Buchalski obtained a defense victory in this medical malpractice claim on behalf of the Estate of a 54-year-old man who died of a disseminated bacterial infection 2 days after he was seen in the Metro Health Hospital ER, diagnosed with viral syndrome, febrile illness and hyperglycemia and discharged. After a 6-day trial, it took the jury less than 20 minutes to determine the ER doctor complied with the standard of care. Read more details here.

Moore v Anderson
Defense Attorneys: Brian Whitelaw and Vanessa McCamant
Court: Kent County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

Brian Whitelaw and Vanessa McCamant obtained a defense victory in this medical malpractice claim on behalf of a child who alleged a failure to remove a splint that had been placed when the child suffered a tibia/fibula fracture several days earlier, when she returned to the ER with an inability to sleep after spilling her narcotic pain medicine. Plaintiff argued that if defendant had removed the splint, he would have seen developing skin ulcers on the heel and top of the foot in time to treat them before they became deep-seated. The ulcers were discovered 5 days later and required plastic surgery, multiple skin grafts and debridements that continued for 6 years after the date of treatment. Plaintiff argued pain, suffering and permanent harm that would limit the child to lifetime sedentary employment and requested monetary damages exceeding $4,000,000. After an 8-day trial, it took the jury less than 7 minutes to determine the defendant ER doctor and orthopedic surgeon both complied with the standard of care. Read more details here.

Robinson vs. Pone
Defense Attorney: Brian Whitelaw and Timothy Buchalski
Court: Kalamazoo County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

Brian Whitelaw and Timothy Buchalski won this malpractice trial where plaintiff, a highly-touted football recruit at Western Michigan University, alleged a failure by the ER doctor to diagnose compartment syndrome, leading to foot drop and an end to plaintiff's football career. Read more details here.

Dillard vs. Brown
Defense Attorney: Brian Whitelaw and Vanessa McCamant
Court: Kalamazoo County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

Brian Whitelaw and Vanessa McCamant won this medical malpractice/wrongful death case in which plaintiff's estate alleged a failure by the radiology defendant to promptly report findings of pneumonia to the patient or the ordering physician led to plaintiff's death by pneumonia. Read more details here.

Sikkema v. Bradley
Defense Attorney: Brian Whitelaw
Court: Kent County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

Plaintiff alleged a failure to timely diagnose compartment syndrome in the ER, and admit to an orthopedic surgeon, led to amputation of his leg. The jury returned a no cause for action verdict in favor of the defense. Read more details here.

Dale vs. Robinson
Defense Attorney: Brian Whitelaw
Court: Calhoun County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: The Medical Protective Company
Verdict: $0

Brian Whitelaw won this medical malpractice/wrongful death case in which plaintiff's estate alleged the primary care doctor, as the "quarterback of the health care team", failed to advise the treating thoracic surgeon and radiation oncologist that 2 pathology reports suggested inconsistent conclusions as to the type of lung cancer, leading to a inappropriate treatment with radiation, resulting in esophageal stricture and death.
Michigan Lawyers Weekly Report
DRI Report

Kuzma vs. Koziarski
Defense Attorney: Brian Whitelaw
Court: Hillsdale County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: The Doctors Company
Verdict: Directed verdict of no cause for action.

Brian Whitelaw obtains a directed verdict in a surgical malpractice case alleging a bowel perforation during a laparoscopic hernia repair led to the patient's death. Read more details here.

Chapton v. Oosterhouse, et al.
Defense Attorney: Robert Aardema
Court: Ottawa County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: Pronational
Verdict: $0.

Robert Aardema successfully argued that his client did not violate the standard of care by failing to require additional tests of a "cyst" on a 59-year-old male patient's foot that was in fact a tumor which would ultimately lead to his death. Read more details here.

Buie v. Fabi, M.D., et al.
Defense Attorney: Brian Whitelaw
Court: Kalamazoo County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0.

In 2005, Brian Whitelaw won a judgment of "no cause" in a lawsuit filed by a 56-year-old woman who alleged that a neurosurgeon was liable for her stiff neck following surgery to fix a "hangman's fracture" at the C2 and C3 vertebrae in the neck. Read more details here.

Schippers v. Simoni, et al.
Defense Attorneys: Brian Whitelaw and John R. LaParl
Court: Kalamazoo County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

Our attorneys successfully disproved the plaintiff's theory that a vascular surgeon did not properly treat a 39-year-old woman whose blood clots in her left arm led to its amputation and blindness. Read more here.

Salee v. Messamore
Defense Attorneys: Brian Whitelaw and Timothy Buchalski
Court: Kalamazoo County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: TIG Specialty Insurance Solutions
Verdict: $0 (Defendant also awarded $6,992 in court costs.)

The defense attorneys won the case after successfully arguing that a chiropractor was not liable for a 41-year-old patient's possible reflex sympathetic dystrophy in her wrists after they were pinched in a Zenith Hi-Lo table during an adjustment. Read more details here.

Keck v. Neurosurgery of Kalamazoo, P.C.
Defense Attorney: Brian Whitelaw
Court: Kalamazoo County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

Brian Whitelaw succeeded in getting a "no cause" verdict in a case involving allegations that a 77-year-old woman who was left with chronic pain and disability in her right leg after total occlusion of the right common iliac artery for three days. Read more about the case here.

Stevens v. Reed City Hospital
Defense Attorneys: Brian Whitelaw and Timothy Buchalski
Court: Osceola County Circuit court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

A jury agreed with our attorneys that the hospital and an internal medicine physician were not at fault in the death of a 58-year-old woman with asthma, COPD and kyphoscoliosis who died of respiratory failure. Read more about the case here.

Shepperd v. Fabi, M.D., et al.
Defense Attorney: Brian Whitelaw
Court: Kalamazoo County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

The jury agreed with Brian Whitelaw and found no negligence by defendant on the first vote, resulting in a "no cause" verdict in several minutes. Read more details here.

Beck v. McLaren, et al.
Defense Attorney: Robert Aardema
Court: Kalamazoo County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: ProAssurance
Verdict: $0

The jury ruled that there was no medical malpractice in a case in which a patient suffered a bladder injury from mesh material that was sutured into the abdominal wall during a previous hernia surgery. Read more details here.

Thorn v. Lakeview Community Hospital, et al.
Defense Attorney: Brian Whitelaw
Court: Van Buren County Circuit court
Insurance carrier: ProAssurance; MHAIC
Verdict: $0

Brian Whitelaw persuaded the jury that an emergency room physician was not at fault for failing to diagnose meningococcemia in a 7-month-old who later underwent multiple amputations. Read more details here.

Dellabaugh v. Nandihalli, M.D.
Defense Attorneys: Dolores Sears-Ewald, Brian Whitelaw and Robert Aardema
Court: St. Joseph County Circuit Court
Insurance Carrier: Pronational
Verdict: Directed Verdict

Our attorneys won on a directed verdict a case in which the plaintiffs alleged that our physician client failed to diagnose mesenteric arterial occlusion, which resulted in a 43-year-old woman's bowel perforation, sepsis, several months in the hospital and ultimate death. Read more details here.

Contact our law firm today. We can work with any medical malpractice insurance company in Michigan.

From our office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we provide high quality legal counsel to people throughout the Lower Peninsula, Upper Peninsula and Western Michigan, including the cities of Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Cheboygan, St. Joseph, Detroit, Battle Creek, Flint, Manistee, Jackson, Muskegon, Allegan, Petoskey, Ludington, Mt. Pleasant, Big Rapids, Traverse City, Gladwin, Midland, Alma, Alpena, and Bay City.