On March 7, 2023, a jury entered a verdict in favor of Dr. Thomas Brefeld and Rockford Memorial Hospital in the Circuit Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit, Winnebago County. Defendants were represented by FSC attorneys Brandi L. Chudoba and Mindy R. Chudoba. Plaintiff, Gerald Virgil, was represented by Shawn S. Kasserman and Heather A. Begley of Tomasik Koten Kasserman. The Honorable Lisa Fabiano presided over the trial.

At trial, the Plaintiff alleged that Defendants were negligent in failing to place an NG tube and make him NPO after he presented to Rockford Memorial Hospital in August 2014. Plaintiff allegedly later suffered an aspiration event that led to a long hospitalization and recovery which resulted in stipulated medical expenses of $997,286.12. After deliberating only a few hours, the jury returned a verdict for Defendants.