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$950,000 awarded in Chicago wrongful death lawsuit for medical malpractice

Chicago attorneys John J. Perconti and Patricia M. Gifford settled a medical malpractice lawsuit in the wrongful death of a 70-year old woman at University of Chicago Hospital for $950,000. On November 7, 2003, the Illinois woman’s children were told that doctors suspected a possible abnormal connection between her arteries and veins. In order to investigate, University of Chicago doctors recommended that she undergo an interventional radiological procedure involving placing a catheter into her artery to look for and clear any blockages. The Illinois woman’s family was shocked to learn that complications during the procedure lead to their mother’s death.

An autopsy revealed that the Illinois woman’s surgeon had perforated her right ventricle with a guide wire during the procedure which caused internal bleeding and death. The surgical error occurred during what Illinois attorney John Perconti described as a routine procedure: “It is unfortunate and sad that Vera had to die from a relatively simple and non-invasive procedure. Our client was leading a full and active life and her children never got a chance to say goodbye to her.”

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