April 20, 2007
SUZANNE K. ALM and SCOTT A. ALM, Individually
and as Special Co-Administrators of the Estate of Arika R.
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, DIANE
DADO, ANA PAPPAS, MICHAEL HORN, M.
NEVORET, and LOYOLA UNIVERSITY PHYSICIAN
Appeal from the
Circuit Court of
JUSTICE GALLAGHER delivered the opinion of the court:
This is a medical malpractice action involving the death of a child, Arika R. Alm (Arika).
Arika's parents are plaintiffs, Suzanne K. Alm and Scott A. Alm, who filed suit, individually and
as special co-administrators of Arika's estate, against defendants, Loyola University Medical
Center, Loyola University Physician Foundation, and four physicians – Diane Dado, Ana
Pappas, Michael Horn, and M. Nevoret. Plaintiffs now appeal from the November 17, 2005,
order of the circuit court of Cook County that granted defendants' motion in limine barring
plaintiffs' liability expert from testifying to opinions regarding areas outside the scope of his
expertise, specifically, the standard of care applicable to the defendant physicians or alleged
deviations from the standard of care by the defendant physicians. Plaintiffs also appeal from the