$8,500,000 Settlement: Pat Stoneking and Phil Seiff represented the families of two young men killed in a traffic collision caused by a methadone-impaired driver. After a motion to dismiss, the families’ claims against the methadone clinic for negligent practices went forward following a “first-of-its-kind” ruling in Minnesota, in which the district court found that the clinic had a duty to protect the public from its improper treatment practices. After over two years of litigation and shortly before trial, the clinic agreed to confess judgment, be adjudicated negligent, and to assign all claims against its insurance companies two weeks prior to a scheduled jury trial. Insurance coverage continues to be actively litigated.
$1,500,000 Settlement: Pat Stoneking represented a man who suffered a brain injury in a head-on crash near Worthington, Minnesota
$260,000 Settlement: Pat Stoneking represented a veteran in a claim against the VA hospital for an injury he suffered from an improper catheterization following prostate surgery.
$3,100,000 Settlement: Peter Schmit, Chris Messerly, and Pat Stoneking represented a man who suffered a brain injury before his hip replacement surgery began. After the administration of anesthesia that included Propofol, the man suffered respiratory depression for an extended period of time before anything was done to revive him.
$1,300,000 Settlement: Chris Messerly and Pat Stoneking represented a young woman who suffered permanent injuries from nerve root compression in her lower back, resulting in cauda equina syndrome.
$1,500,000 Settlement: Kathleen Flynn Peterson and Pat Stoneking represented the family of a 78-year-old woman who passed away following complications from colon cancer surgery.
$1,775,000 Settlement: Peter Schmit and Pat Stoneking represented a man in a complicated medical malpractice case. Before surgery, nurses placed a catheter without safely considering an implanted device. This caused an internal injury that required another surgery to repair. During the second surgery, he suffered an unexplained brain injury. Peter and Pat fought a difficult legal battle connecting the brain injury to the negligent care that took place over a month before the injury.
$290,000 Settlement: Peter Schmit and Pat Stoneking represented a man who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at an advanced stage. His family practice doctor had not offered or performed any of the screening options that are available to men over the age of 40. The delay in diagnosing the disease caused it to spread to an incurable stage.
$350,000 Settlement: Peter Schmit and Pat Stoneking represented a young woman who suffered a bile duct injury during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, surgery to remove her gallbladder.
$630,000 Settlement: Peter Schmit and Pat Stoneking represented a young woman who underwent a complicated course of medical treatment following a serious car crash. While having surgery on broken bones in her leg, she was positioned during the procedure in such a way that her non-injured leg developed compartment syndrome. This serious emergency condition was not diagnosed until several hours later, killing muscle tissue and damaging the nerves in a previously healthy leg. This resulted in permanent foot drop and disability.
$275,000 Settlement: Peter Schmit and Pat Stoneking obtained a settlement shortly before trial for the family of a 67-year-old woman after she died. She had a history of health problems for years. On Christmas Day, she left her family gathering with breathing difficulty. Her family took her into a local emergency room where her condition got worse. There was a delay in intubating her, resulting in a serious injury from which she could not survive. Peter and Pat recovered the settlement on behalf for her adult children and grandchildren.
$735,805.05 Verdict: Pat represented a woman from Northwestern Minnesota who was riding in a minivan with her husband on Highway 10 outside Detroit Lakes. The driver of a lumber truck was leaving a construction site when a dense fog rolled in. The lumber truck driver was unable to see oncoming traffic on Highway 10 in either direction, but he chose to pull out onto the highway and attempt a left turn. As he slowly moved through the oncoming lane of travel, multiple vehicles smashed into the back of the lumber truck, causing a pileup. Pat’s client suffered bilateral leg fractures, a tibial plateau fracture, and vascular damage to her legs. Pat was second-chair in the trial resulting in a verdict on her behalf. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)
Pat handled the underlying case and the appeal for Williams v. National Freight, Inc., A06-2113 (Minn. App. 11-13-2007)(unpublished) clarifying the application of collateral estoppel and res judicata in personal injury claims that give rise to multiple lawsuits. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)