Chicago medical malpractice suits take many forms. While trends exist, attorneys who work on these matters always explain that no two cases are identical. That is because every patient has unique ailments, issues, and vulnerabilities, and caregivers act negligently in myriad of ways. Even cases that are rooted in the same general problem--misdiagnosis, surgical error, etc.--still may prove to involve very different legal issues and nuances.
In fact, some medical malpractice cases involve general lapses in care not directly related to specific medical decisions. When a medical patient enters a hospital, they are relying on caregivers to ensure everything about their stay is reasonable and free of negligence. That includes not falling on slippery floors, accidentally wandering into danger, or otherwise suffering injury because of caregiving mistakes.
Adverse Reaction Following Test
Recently, our team of medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti settled a case on behalf of a client whose mother died following an incident at Rush Medical Center. The medical patient was rushed to the hospital a few years ago with a variety of symptoms that were suggestive of some sort of heart problem. To get to the bottom of the situation, a doctor ordered a CT scan be performed. When the test was complete, the patient was moved to the hallway by the technician. That’s when problems began.
CT scans require use of a contrast dye. This dye is known to potentially cause adverse reactions in some patient, with the risk of exacerbating the injury that required the test in the first place. As a result, it is critical for medical professionals to closely monitor patients in the aftermath of these tests to ensure that any reaction to the dye is dealt with in an emergency manner. That does not appear to have happened in this case
Instead, a third Rush employee told the patient that she could use the bathroom alone--even though that employee was not aware of the patient’s condition or risk of adverse reaction. The patient ended up in a locked bathroom when suddenly the dye cause her heart condition to flare up. Eventually a patient head the mother’s cries for help from the bathroom. But it took caregivers time to reach her, because the door was locked and no key was available. The delay proved to be costly, as the mother suffered a permanent brain injury caused by lack of oxygen while caregivers tried to reach her. The woman survived for a few years with the serious brain injury before passing away from complications.
Our legal team eventually filed a lawsuit on behalf of the patient’s daughter seeking to hold the facility accountable for its failure to properly monitor the patient. That lawsuit was settled last month for $6 million.
All hospital employees must act prudently to ensure the well-being of patients. That includes situations like this one, where reasonable precautionary steps were not following after an examine, leading to brain injury and death. If you or someone you know was harmed in this way, please contact our lawyers today to learn about your options.
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