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Jason Winslow defends hospitals, physician groups, doctors, mid-level providers, and other medical professionals in medical malpractice suits. He has defended medical malpractice cases involving labor and delivery, surgery, anesthesia, cardiology, radiology, emergency medicine, primary care, and nursing care, among others. Jason has tried cases to defense verdict, including as lead counsel in a variety of medical malpractice cases.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw, Jason served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable William D. Stiehl, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, from 2007-2009. During law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the National Trial Advocacy Team.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Managers
    • Programs Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by his peers as an "Emerging Lawyer" in the areas of Medical Malpractice Defense Law and Personal Injury Defense Law: General 

Representative Matters

Over the last decade, Jason has defended over 100 medical negligence claims. He has been called upon to defend hospitals, doctors, mid-level providers, and nurses in complex, high-stakes litigation involving catastrophic injuries and allegations of sexual assault in the context of medical care. Jason has experience trying medical malpractice cases to verdict, including as lead counsel. Representative matters Jason has defended include:

  • Madison County:  Represented radiologist and group in lawsuit involving 68-year-old female patient and alleged missed diagnosed of epidural abscess and spinal infection, requiring emergency multi-level lumbar spine decompressive laminectomy. The patient alleged that our client misinterpreted an MRI to show degenerative changes. After a six-day jury trial, plaintiff asked for $1.25MM, but the jury rendered verdict in favor of defendant on all counts. The defense was based on a denial of any deviation in the standard of care, and a denial that the spinal infection existed at the time of the MRI read. Managed all phases of litigation from discovery through trial as lead counsel.
  • Franklin County:  Represented general surgeon and group in lawsuit involving 63-year-old male who underwent allegedly negligent ventral hernia repair surgery, resulting in complications requiring subsequent revisionary surgery, ischemic bowel, and removal of small bowel. The patient developed post-operative short-gut syndrome with permanent disability with incontinence. The patient had incurred over $1MM in medical bills. The case was tried before a jury for six days and just before closing argument, the case settled favorably for insured. Managed all phases of trial as lead counsel.
  • Jackson County:  Represented a podiatric surgeon in a medical malpractice claim involving a tendon release and reattachment surgical procedure that plaintiff alleged was performed negligently, resulting in subsequent revisionary surgeries, chronic pain, and partial disability. The defense was based upon a denial of any deviation of acceptable standards of care, as well as the assertion that appropriate informed consent was obtained. After more than one full week of trial before a jury, plaintiff asked for $860K. The jury returned a verdict in favor of defendant on all counts.
  • Marion CountyRepresented podiatric surgeon in a medical malpractice claim involving a calcaneal tendon lengthening procedure, resulting in RSD, subsequent surgery, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy. The defense was based upon a denial of any deviation of acceptable standards of care, and a denial of proximate cause. After a jury trial lasting more than one full week, plaintiff asked for $860K. The jury returned a verdict for defendant on all counts.
  • Saint Clair County:  Represented OB/GYN in lawsuit involving bilateral tubal ligation, D&C, and thermochoice balloon ablation resulting in undiagnosed uterine perforation. After two-week trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict.
  • Saint Clair County:  Represented a neurosurgeon who followed 42-year-old male patient after a chiari malformation surgery performed by partner. The patient allegedly developed bacterial meningitis, resulting in permanent brain injury and permanent disability. Neurosurgeon client was dismissed without payment following depositions of all experts.
  • Jefferson County:  Represented a certified registered nurse anesthetist and group in a wrongful death case involving alleged failure to protect maternal airway during episode of vomiting shortly after labor and delivery. Our defense of the lawsuit involved not only standard of care, but also causation, given significant evidence that unforeseeable amniotic fluid embolism had occurred. Following defendants’ expert depositions, lawsuit was voluntarily non-suited by plaintiff without payment on behalf of clients.
  • Saint Clair County:  Represented OB-GYN and group in lawsuit involving alleged negligently performed bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy on 58-year-old female for ovarian lesion. Subsequent imaging revealed residual adnexal cystic tissue and mass, resulting in subsequent surgery performed at tertiary center. Following depositions of plaintiff’s experts, case was dismissed on behalf of OB/GYN and group without payment.

Jason has also defended various healthcare providers who were voluntarily dismissed without payment in the following cases:

  • An interventional cardiologist and group in lawsuit involving alleged negligent erosion of pacemaker device implant for 70-year-old male patient.
  • An emergency department physician and her employer in a wrongful death lawsuit involving alleged failure to give tPA to patient with saddle pulmonary embolus.
  • Two certified physician’s assistants and their primary care employer in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving allegations of lack of informed consent and negligent prescribing of oral contraceptive that resulted in a DVT.
  • An internal medicine physician in a wrongful death lawsuit involving allegations of failure to give blood thinner resulting in stroke and subsequent death.
  • A pediatrician in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving alleged negligence in applying bandage around finger of infant resulting in amputation.
  • A hospital in medical malpractice case involving alleged knee injury sustained to patient while disengaging exercise equipment.
  • A podiatric physician in a podiatric malpractice lawsuit involving an alleged failure to remove broken hardware following a foot surgery resulting in disability.

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "Electronic Health Records Litigation – Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives," Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Annual Symposium, Webinar, November 9, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Electronic Medical Records – Emerging Policy and Litigation Issues," Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC), Webinar, July 17, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "EHR Charting Practices and Configuration – reducing physician burnout and medico-legal risk," Illinois Primary Health Care Association's (IPHCA) Annual Leadership Conference, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, October 17, 2019
  • "Common Pitfalls in Medical Malpractice Cases," Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) Compliance Workshop, Springfield, Illinois, June 20, 2019
  • "Electronic Medical Records in Medical Malpractice ‒ Secrets Unlocked," National Business Institute webinar, April 9, 2019
  • Panelist, "Legal Update: 21st Centry Challenges: What Lies Ahead?," Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Managers Annual Meeting, Springfield, Illinois, June 1, 2018
  • Panelist, "Practical Considerations for Dual Representation," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, March 15, 2018
  • Panelist, "The Difficult Deposition: Strategies for Preparing Your Witness," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, March 15, 2018

Publications

  • "What Defense Counsel Should Know About Electronic Health Records," The Medlaw Update, The Newsletter of the DRI's Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee, July 11, 2019
  • "Reducing recovery in 'lost chance of recovery' cases," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 31, 2015

Hinshaw Publications

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Jason Winslow enjoys spending time with his wife, Frederike Winslow (also a practicing lawyer), and their children, Claire and Walker. A former all-state tennis player and captain of the Belleville Township High School East tennis team (1999-2000), Jason also enjoys playing golf when time and weather permit.

J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2007

  • Editor-in-Chief, Federal Circuit Bar Journal

B.A., with high honors, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004