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According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, a woman who battled against malaria has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the first hospital where she received treatment. The lawsuit contends that the hospital allowed her condition to deteriorate so thoroughly that her arms and legs had to be amputated. The 34-year old victim had traveled to Ghana in February of 2008 and was bitten by a mosquito carrying the malaria parasite. At the time, she was not taking anti-malarial medication and when she returned to Chicago, she suffered increasingly severe headaches and fatigue.

This prompted her to visit the emergency room at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. While the hospital did diagnose the victim with malaria, they did not treat it aggressively enough in the early stages. Instead they treated her as if she had non-complicated malaria, despite evidence that it was far more advanced. Her condition continued to worsen and she lost circulation to her extremities. After six days at Northwestern Memorial, she was transferred to the burn unit at the University of Chicago Medical Center where a surgeon had to amputate her arms and legs. The medical malpractice lawsuit has since been filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

Doctors have a duty to aggressively treat all diseases to their best ability. If diseases are not properly diagnosed, drastic effects may ensue such as the amputation in this case. If you believe that you did not receive adequate treatment at a Chicago hospital, contact a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer. To read the article on the medical malpractice case, please click the link.

According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, an Illinois man lost his wife to medical negligence after she suffered a perforated bowel. The retired police office and his sons settled a wrongful-death lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago and two other entities. The $7.5 million settlement with the hospital set a Cook County record for a settlement in a wrongful death of an adult without minor children.

The victim was chairperson of ten community mental health advisory boards in Chicago. She was diagnosed with stage three endometrial cancers and began radiation therapy at the Chicago hospital. There, she was over-radiated, causing a perforated bowel and a bacterial infection in her blood. This medical mistake ultimately caused her wrongful death. According to the family’s medical malpractice lawyer, the victim received and overdose in radiation. To read about the landmark Chicago medical malpractice , settlement please click the link.

On Friday, December 18, a 44-year-old woman from Cerro Gordo, IL died after falling from a seventh floor window at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. An autopsy revealed that her death was a result of multiple injuries sustained in the fall. The article reports that the victim jumped from the window and landed on a roof five stories below. However, the article does not indicate if the victim was a patient, what led her to fall from the window, or if this was an incident of medical negligence. Read more about this Urbana hospital death.

In a case similar in nature, the medical malpractice attorneys of Levin & Perconti recently won a $1 million jury for the family of a nursing home resident who exited from a window at a Chicago area nursing home and fell to his death. The Cook County jury found the nursing home negligent in failing to prevent the resident from exiting through the window. To read about this jury verdict, follow the link.

A Chicago doctor, is being sued “for allegedly botching a circumcision of a 1-day-old baby and cutting off a portion of the infant’s penis,” according to a Chicago news article. The infant had to have emergency surgery to correct the medical error. The infant’s father is suing the Northwestern Memorial doctor for medical malpractice.

Read more about the Chicago medical malpractice suit here.

Chicago medical malpractice lawyer Steven Levin recently settled a case for $1 million on behalf of a Chicago boy who suffered brain damage and hearing loss when a doctor failed to diagnose his meningitis. The boy, now 10 years old, was only 8 months old when the injury occurred. His parents took him to the pediatrician twice and on both visits the doctor failed to recognize that he had pneumococcal meningitis. It was not until he had multiple seizures and was taken to the emergency room that doctors diagnosed his condition. As a result of this delayed diagnosis, he suffered brain damage and hearing loss. Since the boy was so young at the time of his injury, his attorneys had to wait for his medical conditions to develop so that they could truly understand the effects of this mistake. A Cook County judge ordered the medical malpractice settlement on April 15, 2009.

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