Amy L. Anderson Obtains Not Guilty Verdict in Wrongful Death Case

In March 2006, Amy L. Anderson obtained a not guilty verdict in a wrongful death medical negligence case in Cook County. Plaintiff’s decedent was an 89 year old man who was being followed by the defendant physician for several chronic illnesses at a nursing home in Chicago. When plaintiff’s decedent developed diarrhea, the physician held a medication that was being given to assist with bowel movements. After eleven days, the medication was restarted. The patient died 3 days later. Plaintiff alleged that the patient died of bowel obstruction, however, no perforation was found on autopsy. No autopsy was performed of the brain even though the patient had suffered strokes in the past. The jury was out for forty minutes.