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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE the estate of a man who developed bedsores while recovering from a mishap during lymphoma testing was awarded $2.5 million by an Illinois jury on July 18. Thomas Ferraro Jr., 52, was undergoing a biopsy for possible lymphoma at Lutheran General Hospital when Dr. Richard Messersmith nicked a coronary artery. Ferraro had to remain in the intensive care unit for two weeks, where he developed severe bedsores. Ferraro was subsequently diagnosed with lymphoma, and died six months later. His estate sued Messersmith; the doctor’s employer, Associated Radiologists; and the hospital, claiming that the bedsores contributed to his death. The defendants claimed that the lymphoma was the cause of death. The hospital settled before trial. Ferraro v. Messersmith, No. 98-L-11981 (Cook Co., Ill., Cir. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS: Thomas M. Power and Thomas G. Siracusa, Power, Rogers & Smith, Chicago DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Kimberly A. Craft and Brian C. Fetzer, Johnson & Bell, Chicago; Timothy G. Nickels, Swanson, Martin & Bell, Chicago

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