People who have surgery expect that they will receive proper care and treatment after the procedure is completed. Post-surgical care is important to a satisfactory recovery. Sometimes, however, post-surgical care is not properly provided. A recent lawsuit was filed claiming that negligent care contributed or caused a woman’s death after surgery. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed against Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and several doctors alleging wrongful death and negligence. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman’s estate and is seeking damages of more than $50,000.
Complications after Surgery
After surgery, the woman experienced many complications including an anastomotic leak. This type of leak is caused by the breakdown of a post-surgical closure. It is associated with colorectal surgery and is a very serious medical problem. Digestive fluids leak into the body and the result is often peritonitis. Peritonitis is an infection that is considered a serious medical emergency. Patients must be properly monitored after surgery to ensure that an infection does not occur. Immediate medical treatment is required at the first signs of peritonitis.
Symptoms Went Untreated
The symptoms of peritonitis include fever, tenderness of the abdomen, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, reduced urine output, thirst, constipation, and fatigue. A patient may experience one or more of these symptoms. After surgery, care providers must be very careful to maintain a cleanly surgical wound area. Infection can occur quickly when bacteria or dirt is introduced into the wound. In this instance, the staff failed to notice the signs of infection. An infection such as this one must be quickly and aggressively treated or there is a very real potential of death.
A doctor or medical professional is negligent when they make a mistake or fail to do something, and a serious injury occurs. Negligent care in this case caused, or contributed to , the death of the woman. Better care should have been taken to monitor her condition after surgery. The infection should have been prevented. Additionally, the staff failed to notice the infection. Had they evaluated her condition properly, the infection would have been treated immediately, and the woman may not have died. The woman suffered after her initial surgery until her death about a month later.
When someone is seriously hurt or dies because of neglect by a doctor or hospital, the situation can be devastating. Victims and their loved ones are left with not only heartbreak, but also with medical bills and other expenses that may be astronomical. The responsible party, in this case the doctors and hospital, should be held responsible for the compensation of damages caused by the neglectful actions. Damages include medical costs as well as money for pain and suffering. If the person died as a result of neglect, the family may also be entitled to additional money to cover other costs such as funeral expenses, and loss of enjoyment of life. If your loved one was the victim of medical malpractice, call the compassionate attorneys at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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