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.
Julie A. Webb, Member in the Mt. Vernon Office of Craig & Craig, LLC, began her career at Craig & Craig in August 1996. Since that time she has practiced in the general areas of litigation with emphasis on medical negligence, personal injury defense, dram shop liability and premises liability. Ms. Webb's fields of practice also include workers' compensation and occupational diseases including black lung defense at both the federal and state levels. Ms. Webb is a Court Approved Mediator for the Second Judicial Circuit and has completed 40 hours of family mediation training.
Ms. Webb graduated from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale School of Law in 1996 and was admitted to practice in Illinois that same year. Julie received a B.S. in Agricultural Communications from the University of Illinois in 1993. While in law school, Ms. Webb was the Survey Editor for the SIU Law Journal. She also served as a teaching assistant in legal writing and legal argument. Since graduating from law school, Ms. Webb has been a coach for the Law School's annual Mediation Training.
Ms. Webb has tried numerous cases before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission including several occupational disease claims. Ms. Webb also handles occupational disease claims before the United States Department of Labor. Ms. Webb has also been active in appellate practice throughout her career.
Born: Paducah, Kentucky, November 29, 1971