January 2, 2013

New Levin & Perconti Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Settlement

by Levin & Perconti

Our legal team at Levin & Perconti works with families throughout Illinois who have been harmed by inadequate medical care. Medical malpractice cases are often incredibly heart-wrenching, because they involve community members whose trust is violated by those on whom they thought they could depend.

Whenever a case is filed, one of the first things that happens is both sides begin collecting information about the situation which may be used down the road in court proceedings. This involves interviewing the individuals involved (like the patients and the doctor), collecting relevant documents (medical records), and similar fact-finding matters. The time associated with gathering all of this potential evidence is one reason why some of these cases take many months to sort out.

However, in more cases than not, all of that information gathering does not actually end with a trial and presentation of information to a judge or jury. Instead, after the details are uncovered, both parties in the dispute often reach agreement regarding fair compensation and accountability to resolve the matter. This settlement process is a good thing--it saves time and expense and expedites the judicial process.

Illinois Medical Malpractice Settlement
Recently, three of our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers, Steven Levin, Michael Bonamarte, and Cari Silverman worked on a case filed against the University of Chicago Medical Center. The lawsuit was filed following injuries sustained by a patient at the facility in early 2011.

In a story that is familiar to many community members, a 45-year old man was having chest pains, and so he went to his doctor for help. The doctor ordered him to have an magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA). The test is used to determine if one has aneurysms. Medline Plus explains that an aneurysm is a “ballooning” of an artery. When the aneurysm grows too large it can burst causing serious injury or even death. Many aneurysms are found in the aorta, the main artery originating in the heart and traveling through the chest. Fortunately, when caught, medical professionals can take action and prevent the bursting. Depending on the exact situation, medication or surgery might be needed to correct the problem.

The man in this case had the MRA performed on February 11th. But the test was not read right away. As a result, nothing was done and the man eventually had suffered a serious injury as a result of an aortic aneurysm and died on February 20th. The MRA test was not read until the following day, February 21st. If doctors had acted promptly and read the test, surgery would likely have been performed which could have saved his life.

After taking the case our attorneys were able to negotiate a settlement with the defendant-hospital in the amount of $4.5 million. The funds will be used to support the man’s wife, four children, and two grandchildren who were left behind.

Failing to read medical tests in a timely manner is often an example of medical malpractice. It is incumbent upon doctors to act in a reasonable manner to identify possible medical issues and provide appropriate treatment.

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