The legal representative of a woman has filed a lawsuit against a hospital for permanent a brain injury the woman sustained while in their care. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County naming Ingalls Memorial Hospital and several others. It alleges that the woman was in their care when they failed to properly diagnose her illness. As a result, the woman suffered severe and permanent brain damage. The woman entered the hospital for a c-section delivery of her infant. She was complaining of nausea and vomiting, faintness, and hallucinations. The hospital transferred her to intensive care after the delivery of the baby. However, according to the lawsuit, the hospital did not properly diagnose her problem. 48 hours later she was sent to a different medical facility where she was properly treated.
Misdiagnosis Caused Permanent Injury
The woman in this case was suffering from malnutrition and was ultimately diagnosed with Wernicke’s encephalopathy. This condition causes lesions on the brain which are the result of severe malnutrition. According to the lawsuit, the woman should have undergone a complete assessment when she was first admitted. This was not done and therefore the diagnosis was not made in a timely manner. Doctors failed to properly determine the woman’s illness. Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose is medical malpractice. In this case, the woman’s condition worsened and became permanent as a result of the delay in diagnosis.
Medical malpractice occurs much more frequently than many people realize. Misdiagnosis, medication errors, surgical mistakes, and failure to diagnose cause thousands of deaths each year in the United States. Doctors and other medical professionals are under a special obligation to provide patients with proper care. This is because of their unique knowledge, training, and experience. When a doctor is negligent and causes serious injuries or death, the patient or his relatives may be entitled to compensation.
This is an unfortunate case where the woman became permanently brain damaged immediately following the birth of her child. The child will never be able to have the love and nurturing of his mother and the mother will never be able to live a normal life. There will be many medical expenses that will be incurred throughout the rest of the woman’s life and she will require long-term care indefinitely. While nothing can reverse the damage that has been done, legal action requires those responsible to pay for what has happened. A lawsuit requests money for damages caused by the negligent actions. This may include money for current and future medical expenses, home or nursing care, money for pain and suffering, and for loss of enjoyment of life, as well as other costs.
Many lawsuits are settled between parties prior to going to trial. A lawyer skilled in such negotiations will work to achieve the compensation necessary to cover the anticipated costs. If the matter goes to trial, your lawyer will present your case in order to achieve the best possible outcome. If you or your loved one was seriously hurt because of medical malpractice, contact Levin & Perconti for a free consultation.