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Craig Mannarino & Amanda Brasfield Recognized as Winners of One of the Top 10 Verdicts in Illinois in 2018

Chicago, IL – October 21, 2019

Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized for obtaining one of the top 10 verdicts in the state of Illinois in 2018.

Top 10 Jury VerdictsAttorney Craig Mannarino and Attorney Amanda Brasfield obtained a verdict of $19,217,602 in the case of The Estate of Alicia Padilla v. Porto, et al., Case No. 13 L 6693, which was pending in Cook County.

This case involved medical malpractice resulting in the wrongful death of a baby due to injuries experienced during childbirth. Samantha Padilla, 39 weeks pregnant, went to the hospital in labor. Several hours into labor, the baby, Alicia Padilla, began to show signs of distress, including the presence of meconium (or feces) in the amniotic fluid, which can be very dangerous to the baby.

Craig Mannarino and Amanda Brasfield successfully argued that the doctor and nurse improperly administered Pitocin, a drug meant to induce or speed up labor, rather than performing a C-Section, which subjected baby Alicia to hours of unnecessary distress and resulted in her breathing in dangerous meconium present in the amniotic fluid. Baby Alicia’s lungs collapsed shortly after delivery. Sadly, she died about one month later. The jury found the hospital, the doctor, and the nurse responsible for baby Alicia’s injuries and death.

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