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Jesse Placher primarily defends physicians, mid-levels, nurses, hospitals and other healthcare groups and institutions facing medical malpractice claims. He also defends clients in personal injury and property damage litigation.

Professional Background

Jesse joined Hinshaw in January 2011. Previously he was as an associate attorney with an Illinois-based law firm with more than 100 attorneys focusing in general insurance defense, including professional malpractice defense. Jesse also clerked for the firm during law school.

Professional Affiliations

  • Peoria County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Committee, Past Chair
    • Membership Committee, Past Chair
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Trial Excellence Award for Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case, Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter, 2018
  • Recognized as an Emerging Lawyer – Medical Malpractice Defense by Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2015–2018
  • Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono Services by Prairie State Legal Services, 2007

Representative Matters

Medical Malpractice

  • Represented hospital in jury trial. The case alleged failure to diagnose bowel perforation during an emergency room visit. Patient, 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. Plaintiff brought claims against our hospital client based on apparent agency for the conduct of the co-defendant emergency room physician, institutional negligence and nursing negligence. Summary judgment obtained immediately prior to trial in favor of the institutional negligence claim. Plaintiff asked for $7.2 million at trial. The jury deliberated for 90 minutes before returning a verdict in favor of all defendants.
  • Represented emergency medicine physician, mid-level provider and their group in a jury trial. The case alleged failure to diagnose slipped capital femoral epiphysis in pediatric patient. Obtained summary judgment in favor of mid-level provider immediately prior to trial. At trial against our clients and co-defendant hospital, Plaintiff asked for $3.5 million. The jury deliberated for 40 minutes before returning a verdict in favor of all defendants.
  • Represented hospital and hospitalist physician in a jury trial. The case alleged failure to administer tPA to patient presenting with a stroke. At final pretrial hearing, summary judgment was obtained in favor of client hospital as to apparent agency claim for co-defendant neurologist. During the first day of trial, client hospitalist physician was voluntarily dismissed. Plaintiff proceeded against hospital client based on nursing negligence claim. Jury deliberated for less than three hours before ruling in favor of all defendants.
  • Represented urgent care physician and hospital as his employer as second chair in a jury trial. The case alleged failure to refer 34 year old male patient to emergency room or otherwise request a cardiology consult in response to complaints of chest pain during urgent care visit. Patient died of a myocardial infarction less than one month later, leaving a wife and two young daughters. Plaintiff asked for just shy of $5 million at trial. Jury deliberated for less than three hours before ruling in favor of our clients.
  • Represented an otolaryngologist as second chair in a jury trial. The case alleged failure to diagnose thyroid cancer, ultimately resulting in the death of a 65 year old mother of three adult children. Plaintiff asked for over $7 million at trial. Jury deliberated for around three hours before returning a verdict in favor of all defendants, including co-defendant family physician.
  • Represented a hospital in a jury trial. The case alleged a calf injury during knee surgery. Plaintiff claimed nursing negligence and apparent agency for the surgeon and surgical assistant against hospital client. Plaintiff also made claims based on the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur. The jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants.
  • 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 defense verdict. On retrial in 2015, jury again ruled in favor of our client.
  • Represented a surgeon as second chair in a jury trial. The case alleged failure to recognize a post-operative bowel perforation in a timely fashion. Our client was voluntarily dismissed during the middle of trial. Plaintiff proceeded to verdict against co-defendant surgeon and his group. The jury entered a verdict in favor of all defendants.
  • Represented urgent care physician, mid-level provider and hospital as second chair in a jury trial. The case alleged a failure to order appropriate testing in undiagnosed mediastinal tumor from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in three year old boy. At trial, 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 plaintiff, the case was set for retrial. Plaintiff obtained several new experts in advance of retrial. At final pretrial conference before retrial, several favorable rulings were obtained in favor of the defense. Plaintiff appealed these decisions, but was denied. Plaintiff ultimately voluntarily dismissed the case. It was not re-filed.

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Personal

Jesse is married and is a proud father of twins—one boy and one girl. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and golfing.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Steve Maxheimer Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Board of Directors, 2009–Present
  • Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters, Board of Directors, 2008–2010
  • Young Professionals of Greater Peoria, Member, 2008–2010

J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law, 2007

B.A., History, University of Virginia, 2004