DECEMBER 04, 2006
HAROLD MANSMITH, Individually, and as ) Appeal from the
Special Administrator of the Estate ) Circuit Court of
of Delphine Mansmith, Deceased, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 99 L 13912
ANJUM HAMEEDUDDIN, ) The Honorable
) John Grogan,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE GARCIA delivered the opinion of the court.
On January 14, 1998, Delphine Mansmith died of a brain stem
abscess caused by an acute staph infection that developed after
she received an epidural steroid injection for back pain. Her
husband, the plaintiff Harold Mansmith, sued the defendant, Anjum
Hameeduddin, M.D., and R. Lawrence Ferguson, M.D. for medical
malpractice. The plaintiff and Dr. Ferguson reached a settlement
agreement before the jury reached its verdict. A jury found for
the plaintiff and awarded damages in the amount of $1,198,734.94.
After a setoff in the amount paid by Dr. Ferguson of $750,000,