Jury rules in favor of OSF and doctor, against plaintiff in negligence case

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Dec. 7, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

The jury rules in favor of OSF and Doctor Denise Crute in the negligence credentialing case.

The jury rules against the plaintiff, Mary Friday.


Published: Dec. 7, 2018, 5:50 p.m.

A verdict is in for an alleged negligent credentialing case​ involving doctor Denise Crute.

The case dates back to October 2009 when Crute, as a doctor for OSF Healthcare, performed a surgery on Poplar Grove patient Mary Friday. Crute is accused of leaving a woman unable to walk after performing a surgery intended to help Friday with lower back and left leg pain.

Closing arguments were presented Friday afternoon. The plaintiff's attorney stated Crute was a low quality physician, saying there were red flags in OSF's hiring practice.

The defense responded by stating the theme of this case has been accusations without evidence.

Before closing arguments, one last defense witness made a case. Another doctor says Mary Friday was treated post-surgery in 2010.

After evaluating images, he believes there was no negligence due to surgery. He says Friday's discomfort began three days post surgery and was due to her prior medical history.

Friday says she immediately felt discomfort after surgery and numbness in her right leg.

We will update this report once the verdict is announced.