Illinois judge awards $4.5 in medical malpractice lawsuit under the Federal Tort Claims Act; doctors failed to diagnose fatal illness

A $4.5 million medical malpractice award was recently made in Illinois following the wrongful death of a woman infected with AIDS. Because the woman was being treated at a federal clinic, the case was tried under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The doctors at the Chicago clinic allegedly failed to recognize the complaints and symptoms of the patient which would have led to the diagnosis of lactic acidosis, a potentially fatal side-effect of some HIV/AIDS treatment drugs. The woman’s lawyers contended that had the diagnosis been made earlier, the patient would have survived.

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