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Corboy & Demetrio Secures Medical Malpractice Settlement of $4.75 Million


Northwestern Memorial Insurance Company has agreed to pay $4.75 million to a patient who developed nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) after he was injected with a contraindicated contrasting dye for a magnetic resonance image (MRI) test. The patient was represented by Chicago personal injury lawyer David R. Barry, Jr., a partner at the Chicago-based law firm of Corboy & Demetrio.

Medical Negligence

A 59 year-old retired electrician who worked for Ford Motor Company was suffering from renal failure that required daily peritoneal dialysis when he underwent a MRI of the brain at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. During the MRI, the patient was injected with Magnevist, a gadolinium based contrasting dye that can cause NSF, a progressive skin condition that involves joint contracture, muscle weakness and tightening of the skin. Several months after the MRI, he developed NSF and is presently being treated for it.

Attorney David R. Barry, Jr.

Attorney Barry stated, "The hospital’s willingness to settle this case prior to any lawsuit being filed is appreciated by the patient and his wife. What happened here should never have happened . While we can’t undo what was done, this settlement will allow the them to go forward. They are very relieved to have this case resolved."


Northwestern Memorial Insurance Company will pay the full amount of the settlement.

About Corboy & Demetrio

Named as a Top Law Firm by Chicago Magazine in 2008, Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation’s premier law firms. The Chicago law firm represents individuals and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, and is renowned for its achievements in the courtroom and for its contributions to the community. The rights and concerns of its clients are at the core of Corboy & Demetrio’s practice. That dedication, compassion and relentless drive has resulted in exceptional service and exceptional results for its clients. The Chicago based firm has acquired more than $3 billion in settlements and verdicts and has attained more than 500 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million.

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