Jesse Placher defends heathcare providers facing medical malpractice claims, including physicians, mid-levels, nurses, and healthcare institutions and groups. He also defends clients involved in other personal injury litigation such as motor vehicle accidents.
Jesse is an experienced trial lawyer, having litigated more than 10 significant personal injury matters. Jesse takes a unique approach to each case. While he does not shy away from taking a matter to verdict, his primary goal is always to bring about the best possible resolution for his client.
- Illinois Rural Health Association, Board of Directors
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Peoria County Bar Association
- Young Lawyers Committee, Past Chair
- Membership Committee, Past Chair
Honors & Awards
- Trial Excellence Award for Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case, Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter, 2018
- Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono Services, Prairie State Legal Services, 2007
- Recognized by his peers as an "Emerging Lawyer" in the area of Medical Malpractice Defense Law
- Successfully represented a hospital in a jury trial that deliberated for 90 minutes, returning a verdict in favor of all defendants—the case alleged failure to diagnose bowel perforation during an emergency room visit. The patient, a 74-year-old male, returned to the emergency department seven hours after discharge and died two days later, leaving a wife and four adult children. The plaintiff brought claims against our hospital client based on an apparent agency for the conduct of the co-defendant emergency room physician, institutional negligence, and nursing negligence. Prior to trial, summary judgment was obtained in favor of the institutional negligence claim. The plaintiff asked for $7.2 million at trial.
- The jury deliberated for 40 minutes before returning a verdict in favor of our clients'—an emergency medicine physician, a mid-level provider, and their group—the case alleged failure to diagnose slipped capital femoral epiphysis in a pediatric patient. Summary judgment was obtained in favor of the mid-level provider immediately prior to trial. At trial against our clients and co-defendant hospital, the plaintiff asked for $3.5 million.
- Successfully represented a hospital and hospitalist physician in a jury trial that deliberated for less than three hours before ruling in favor of our clients. The case alleged failure to administer tPA to a patient presenting with a stroke. At the final pretrial hearing, summary judgment was obtained in favor of the hospital regarding the apparent agency claim for the co-defendant neurologist. Our client hospitalist physician was voluntarily dismissed during the first day of trial. The plaintiff proceeded against the hospital based on a nursing negligence claim.
- Successfully represented an urgent care physician and hospital as his employer as second chair in a jury trial. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before ruling in favor of our clients. The case alleged failure to refer a 34-year-old male patient to the emergency room or otherwise request cardiology consult in response to complaints of chest pain during urgent care visit. The patient died of a myocardial infarction less than one month later, leaving a wife and two young daughters. The plaintiff asked for nearly $5 million at trial.
- Represented an otolaryngologist as second chair in a jury trial, deliberating for around three hours before returning a verdict in favor of all defendants, including the co-defendant's family physician. The case alleged failure to diagnose thyroid cancer, ultimately resulting in the death of a 65-year-old mother of three adult children. The plaintiff asked for over $7 million at trial.
- Successfully represented a hospital in a jury trial with a verdict in favor of all defendants. The case alleged a calf injury during knee surgery. The plaintiff claimed nursing negligence and apparent agency for the surgeon and surgical assistant against the hospital client. The plaintiff also made claims based on the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur.
- Represented a surgeon as second chair in jury trial, where it was alleged that there was an improper ankle fusion. Case originally proceeded to trial in 2010, resulting in a defense verdict. On retrial in 2015, jury again ruled in favor of our client.
- Represented a surgeon as second chair in a jury trial resulting in a verdict in favor of all defendants. The case alleged failure to recognize a post-operative bowel perforation in a timely fashion. Our client was voluntarily dismissed during the middle of the trial. The plaintiff proceeded to verdict against the co-defendant surgeon and his group.
- Served as second chair in a jury trial on behalf of our clients, an urgent care physician, a mid-level provider, and a hospital. At trial, the plaintiff asked for $1.275 million. The jury deliberated for two hours before reaching a verdict in favor of all defendants. After a successful appeal by the plaintiff, the case was set for retrial. The case alleged a failure to order appropriate testing in an undiagnosed mediastinal tumor from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in a three-year-old boy. The plaintiff obtained several new experts in advance of retrial. At the final pretrial conference, several favorable rulings were obtained in favor of the defense. The plaintiff appealed these decisions but was denied. The plaintiff ultimately voluntarily dismissed the case and did not re-file.
Jesse is married and is a proud father of twins—one boy and one girl— and enjoys spending his free time with his family. His interests also include exercise, sports, and food, although not always necessarily in that order.
- OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, Board Member, 2020 – Present
- MPN Peoria, Board Member, 2019 – Present
- Steve Maxheimer Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Board of Directors, 2009 – Present
J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law, 2007
B.A., University of Virginia, 2004
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois