Cook County Lawsuit against Dentist Dismissed with Prejudice

On May 16, 2018, Drew Balac secured a dismissal of a lawsuit brought against her client, a dentist.

Plaintiff alleged that during a dental procedure, plaintiff’s front tooth was chipped as a result of the dentist’s negligence.  Plaintiff alleged that the dentist’s negligence must have been the cause of the chipped tooth.

Drew Balac moved for dismissal of the lawsuit because no one could explain how or why the dentist chipped the tooth.  Drew argued that neither plaintiff nor his expert could provide an explanation sufficient to maintain the lawsuit.   The court agreed.

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Malpractice suit against psychiatrist dismissed with prejudice

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Drew Balac of the Balac Law Group recently obtained a dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a psychiatrist.

Drew Balac, Principal
Drew Balac, Principal

The court entered a dismissal with prejudice during expert discovery.  In his complaint, plaintiff alleged that the defendant psychiatrist misdiagnosed him; failed to provide proper treatment; and prescribed medications that led to psychosis and addiction. Plaintiff’s allegations were supported by an affidavit signed by a well-respected Chicago area psychiatrist.  Plaintiff was hospitalized multiple times after he stopped treating with defendant.  Among his damages, plaintiff claimed over $2 Million in medical expenses and almost $3 Million in lost wages.

Based on the evidence and testimony that was obtained during discovery, plaintiff’s expert was unable to maintain many of his opinions and subsequently withdrew from the case.  Plaintiff was unable to overcome the testimony of his original expert and was not able to find a new expert to support his case.

To schedule a meeting to discuss how the Balac Law Group can help you or your practice with any malpractice defense concerns please contact Scott Rowan.

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Malpractice suit against psychiatrist dismissed with prejudice

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Drew Balac of the Balac Law Group recently obtained a dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a psychiatrist.

Drew Balac, Principal
Drew Balac, Principal

The court entered a dismissal with prejudice during expert discovery.  In his complaint, plaintiff alleged that the defendant psychiatrist misdiagnosed him; failed to provide proper treatment; and prescribed medications that led to psychosis and addiction. Plaintiff’s allegations were supported by an affidavit signed by a well-respected Chicago area psychiatrist.  Plaintiff was hospitalized multiple times after he stopped treating with defendant.  Among his damages, plaintiff claimed over $2 Million in medical expenses and almost $3 Million in lost wages.

Based on the evidence and testimony that was obtained during discovery, plaintiff’s expert was unable to maintain many of his opinions and subsequently withdrew from the case.  Plaintiff was unable to overcome the testimony of his original expert and was not able to find a new expert to support his case.

To schedule a meeting to discuss how the Balac Law Group can help you or your practice with any malpractice defense concerns please contact Scott Rowan.

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Legal responsibility for mental health workers addressed

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Oct. 4, 2017

On September 29, 2017, Drew Balac of the Balac Law Group led a meeting of psychologists, social workers, and counselors about risk management strategies that they can employ in their private practice.

The discussion covered a variety of topics and addressed a number of concerns raised by mental health professionals.  However, the duty to warn emerged as the biggest concern and easily dominated the discussion.

Scheduled for just one hour, the frank discussion lasted nearly two hours due to the number of questions about legal responsibility regarding the violent actions of patients or clients.

“Having a patient commit suicide, homicide or any act of violence is easily the Number One concern I hear from my behavioral health clients,” said Balac, principal at Balac Law Group, a law firm specializing in medical malpractice defense.

Unfortunately, in our current environment, we’re seeing a marked rise in senseless violence, which has ratcheted up the level of anxiety in patients who were already fragile.  At the same time, mental health professionals are on higher alert.

It is important for a mental health professional to have a clear understanding of when the duty to warn arises and to have a clear plan of action when the duty does arise.

Balac was able to illustrate the duty to warn through a series of fact patterns.  Instead of lecturing, Balac engaged the attendees.

She felt the open discussion and exchange of ideas among the group was key to the success of the meeting and led to a better understanding of the duty to warn.

To schedule a meeting with the Balac Law Group at your practice, please contact Scott Rowan.

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TESTIMONIALS

Claims Manager:

“I wanted you to be aware of the exceptional representation on my behalf in regards to a frivolous lawsuit. Ms. Balac kept me abreast of all developments during the entire process. She exhibited great knowledge, care and concern in regards to this case. Her professionalism and legal tactics were outstanding. I recommend her services to others without reservation.”

Psychologist:

“Thank you for going ‘above and beyond’ your professional duty in helping me! I will certainly recommend you and your firm to anyone I encounter in the future with similar concerns.”

Psychiatrist:

“Thank you Drew, it was a relief to have you involved and helped reduce my anxiety around this.”

Insurance Company:

“You handle things so seamlessly that it makes my job easier.”

Dentist:

“Drew Balac joined the case in the middle and surprised me at how knowledgeable and thorough she was. She raised points and showed an understanding of the facts which I would expect only a dentist would be able to grasp and she seemed to be almost more passionate about proving me innocent than I was.”

Dentist:

“She prepared me well for my deposition. She was extremely astute in her deposing the plaintiff. I attended that deposition and was impressed with her overall knowledge of maxillofacial surgery, which I believe was paramount in the eyes of the opposing attorney.”

Dentist:

“In my opinion, and the fact that you already work with this awesome firm, she gets my vote to defend any and all clients you can send her way.”

Dentist:

“30 years of practicing and building relationships has given me a good skill set to deal with all kinds of people, patients and situations. What she did in such a short period of time was stunning. She took a somewhat dazed and confused caring dentist who would bend over backwards for every patient and instilled in me the confidence I needed to walk into what I feared would be a firing squad.”

 

 

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