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Defense Win November 2018

Bruce Keplinger and Emily Tung of Norris Keplinger Hicks & Welder, successfully represented an ob/gyn in a medical malpractice case in Jackson County, Missouri. The plaintiff was a ten year old boy who was born prematurely and had periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) and cerebral palsy.  The infant was delivered at 29 weeks 3 days by emergency c-section.  At trial the plaintiff argued that the c-section should have occurred sooner and that if it had occurred earlier, any such injury would have been avoided.

Initially, defendants delayed delivery to allow steroids to strengthen the baby’s lungs. However, after performing...

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Defense Win June 2016

bruce-keplingerjohn-hicksBruce Keplinger and John Hicks of Overland Park, Kansas, successfully represented an oral surgeon in a malpractice case.  The plaintiff was a 50 year old lady with a long history of dental issues.  She was referred to the defendant in January 2012 following a failed root canal in tooth #18 (lower left jaw).  Her primary dentist had been treating an apparent infection in tooth #18 for nearly two years with the hope of saving the tooth which was part of a three-two bridge.  However, by January 2012 the decision was made to remove the tooth. Following the removal...
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Defense Win April 2015

chris-lucasThis case involved a medical malpractice claim.  Plaintiff Roberto Murillo, a 56 year-old male, underwent left shoulder surgery for a labral tear at a surgicenter on March 18, 2013.  Defendant Jay H. Rapley, M.D., an orthopedist and member of Defendant Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists, Inc., performed the procedure.  During the operation, Dr. Rapley inadvertently injured Plaintiff’s brachial artery (located in the upper arm).  Dr. Rapley clamped off the vessel and sent Plaintiff by ambulance to Research Medical Center where Dr. Jeffrey Cameron, a vascular surgeon, performed a saphenous vein bypass procedure (which involves the surgical removal...
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Defense Win June 2015

john-hicksBennett PhotoJohn Hicks and Samuel Bennett of Norris Keplinger Hicks & Welder, successfully represented a long-term care facility in a personal injury case. The plaintiff was the estate of a man who had died of pancreatic cancer. Suit was brought on behalf of the estate through the decedent’s wife. On April 16, 2010, the decedent was admitted to the defendant long term care facility. In the end-stages of his pancreatic cancer, the decedent had begun to suffer from terminal delirium. On April 17, 2010, the decedent’s wife visited him and he communicated that he had been sexually abused...
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