Craig and Craig, LLC

Attorneys at Law

Established 1868

Mattoon, IL

(217) 234-6481

Mt. Vernon, IL

(618) 244-7511

Brittany N. Meeker

Paul R. Lynch and Julie A. Webb, Partners in the Mt. Vernon Office of Craig & Craig, completed a five-day jury trial in the Circuit Court of Clinton County, in Carlyle, Illinois, on February 10, 2012, with a defense verdict in a case of claimed medical malpractice. Mr. Lynch and Ms. Webb represented Dr. Dean H. Matsuura and his former employer, Physician Services Corporation of Southern Illinois, d/b/a St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Medical Group.

From June, 2003, through November, 2005, Darren Flanagan was a patient of the Family Health Center of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan in Centralia, Illinois. Mr. Flanagan was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer in late 2005, and died on December 25, 2006.

During Mr. Flanagan’s visits to the Family Health Center, he was seen and treated by Agnes Boehning, who is a nurse practitioner, and was then employed by St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc. Dr. Matsuura was practicing internal medicine at the Family Health Center, and was Ms. Boehning’s "collaborating physician." Dr. Matsuura reviewed and approved Ms. Boehning’s office notes for Mr. Flanagan.

Plaintiff contended that the Defendants were negligent in failing to provide appropriate care and follow-up when Darren Flanagan reported to Agnes Boehning on August 2, 2004, that he had "black, tarry stools at times," resulting in delay of diagnosis.

The Defendants denied any negligence, and further claimed that Darren Flanagan was contributorily negligent, by failing to keep appointments at the Family Health Center and by failing to keep an appointment with a gastroenterologist, Dr. Stephen Ang of Centralia, on August 9, 2004.

At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated for approximately one hour, and returned a verdict of "no liability" in favor of all of the Defendants.

Julie A. Webb of the Mt. Vernon Office recently completed a jury trial on March 25, 2011, in the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit, Lawrence County, Illinois, where she represented the dram shop Defendant in the case of Crump v. Anthony’s Towne House Bar & Grill, Inc., et al, Case No. 2009-L-6. Mr. Crump sustained injury to his head and hand as a result of an altercation in the street in front of the Defendant’s tavern. The Alleged Intoxicated Persons were also named as Defendants. The jury found in favor of the Plaintiff and against all Defendants and awarded damages of past medical expenses of $13,976.00 and lost wages of $2,400.00. Plaintiff did not ask the jury for specific damages. He also sought punitive damages against the individual Defendants. Prior to suit, the dram shop Defendant made an offer to settle the claim which was higher than the jury’s verdict, but the Plaintiff declined to accept that offer, and so the case was tried to verdict. The verdict was for a substantial amount less than the Plaintiff had demanded to settle the claim prior to trial.

Julie A. Webb of the Mt. Vernon Office completed a jury trial on October2 8, 2010, in the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit, Lawrence County, Illinois, in the case of Sechrest v. Anthony’s Towne House Bar & Grill, Inc., et al, Case No. 2008-L-8. Mr. Sechrest sustained injury to his head and face including multiple facial fractures and a lacerated ear as the result of being beaten by a patron at the Defendant’s tavern. The Alleged Intoxicated Person was also named as a Defendant, but he settled with the Plaintiff before the jury returned its verdict. The jury found in favor of the Plaintiff and awarded damages of past medical expense of $15,000.00;disfigurement of $1,000.00; lost wages of $1,080.00; and pain and suffering and emotional distress of approximately $13,500.00 for a total verdict of$30,580.00. Plaintiff had asked the jury for $125,000.00. Prior to suit, the Defendants had declined to make an offer that would satisfy Plaintiff’s demands, and so the case was tried to verdict. The verdict was within the range anticipated by the defense and for a substantial amount less than Plaintiff would have accepted to settle the claim prior to trial.

Julie A. Webb, partner in the Mt. Vernon office, has been recognized as a 2009-2010 Member of the Leading Lawyers Network. Ms. Webb was recommended as a Leading Lawyer in a statewide survey of more than 50,000 lawyers. Fewer than 5% of the lawyers in Illinois receive the distinction of being a Leading Lawyer.

Brittany N. Meeker has been an Associate with Craig & Craig, LLC, in the Mt. Vernon office since 2014. Ms. Meeker graduated cum laude, and with departmental honors, from Indiana State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Legal Studies and a minor in Civic Leadership. Ms. Meeker received her Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2014. At the SIU School of Law, Ms. Meeker was a member of the Moot Court Board, recieved the Order of the Barristers, and served as an advocate on the school's national moot court team.  During that competition, she recieved a national oral advocacy and best brief award.  During law school, Ms. Meeker worked for the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office.

Since joining Craig & Craig, LLC, Ms. Meeker has focused on worker's compensation and occupational diseases defense, as well as civil defense. Ms. Meeker recently co-authored the Chapter 2 Supplement entitled "Jurisdiction of Courts other than District Courts" in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Federal Civil Practice Handbook.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • Indiana State University, B.S., 2011, Cum Laude, Dean's List

Admitted

  • 2014, Illinois

Memberships and Honors

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) (2014-Present)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • SIU Sports Law Socity (Co-President, 2013-2014)
  • Employment and Labor Law Association (Member, 2013 - 2014)
  • Moot Court Board, Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Order of the Barristers

Publications

  • Co-Author, "Jurisdiction of Courts Other than District Courts, Supplement" published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Chapter 2S (2014).
  • Author, ISBA Workers' Compensation newsletter, Case Summary, "Constructive Selection Doctrine Used to Overcome the Two-Physician Rule" (2015).

Born: Terre Haute, Indiana, May 16, 1989