When we or our loved ones are in the hospital we trust that proper care will always be provided. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A lawsuit was recently filed against a local hospital and doctor alleging that failure to provide adequate supervision and treatment caused a woman’s death. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, names Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL and a doctor. The paperwork alleges that the facility failed to provide medical assistance and the woman fell, suffering severe head injuries. The woman died a month after the incident. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 and is requesting a jury trial.
Fall Caused Serious Injuries
Falls can lead to very significant injuries, especially in the elderly. Falls account for thousands of visits to hospital emergency rooms every year. Falls often cause injuries such as bruises, sprains, and broken bones, but they can also be the source of more serious injuries. In this case, the woman suffered a hip fracture and a head injury due to the fall. The woman was not properly attended to and it was during this time that she suffered the fall. The hospital should have provided proper attention. They allegedly failed to properly assess her condition.
The lawsuit was filed by Levin & Perconti for the woman’s estate administrator. The lawsuit states that the medical providers had a duty to provide proper medical treatment and care but failed to do so. The woman’s injuries were a result of the fall, which should have been prevented. Had proper care been provided she would not have suffered the serious injuries that contributed to her death. The woman likely endured a great deal of pain and suffering after the hip fracture and cortical contusion.
Cortical Contusion Led to Death
A cortical contusion is not just a bump on the head. It is a very dangerous bruise to the brain tissue. In some cases the contusion can cause brain swelling as the body tries to resolve the injury. Brain bruising is most often caused by falls or accidents where the head hits a hard surface. Some situations can be life threatening. Once the immediate medical emergency resolves there can still be some mental decline depending on the location and severity of the damage. In this case, the head trauma may have contributed to a general decline in the woman’s health.
Doctors, nurses, and other medically trained personnel are required to provide adequate care to their patients. When a doctor fails to provide proper diagnosis or treatment it may be considered a negligent act, which may also be called medical malpractice. Those who were harmed because of something a doctor did, or didn’t do, may be entitled to compensation for damages. Medical costs, lost wages and money for pain and suffering may be due to those who are victims of significant injuries. In this instance, the woman’s family is seeking justice for the wrongdoing of the hospital and doctor who caused the woman harm. If you or a family member were hurt because of medical malpractice call Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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