The family of a man who died has filed a malpractice lawsuit against his Addison doctors and local medical center. The man died from complications after a colonoscopy and esophagus operation that went wrong, according to the suit. The operation was performed by the medical team at St. Alexius Medical Center in Addison, Illinois. The man allegedly suffered sepsis and a perforated bowel, which occurred as a result of the colonoscopy. The family is seeking compensation for medical expenses, drug costs, and other relief totally $50.000.
A malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate in many cases where negligent medical care occurred. Doctors are held to a high standard of care and must take steps to ensure that the treatment rendered is correct. In this case, the family states that the doctors were negligent in their surgery as well as in the aftercare, which resulted in a perforated bowel and sepsis, leading to the man’s death. Caregivers are required to provide appropriate care at all times. Sepsis is a severe infection in the body, making it difficult to treat. It can lead to death if it goes untreated for a length of time. Sepsis often occurs as the result of an infection in one area of the body that has not been quickly eliminated.
Infection and Routine Surgery
A colonoscopy is often considered routine and may be done as outpatient treatment; however, there are times when something goes wrong. In this situation, the doctors performing the colonoscopy negligently caused a perforation in the bowel. This caused the infection, which led to sepsis and ultimately death. Those providing care after the operation may not have noticed the signs of the problem until it was too late. Sepsis can quickly take over the body and shut down organs.
Preventing Medical Malpractice
According to a recent report, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. This is a shocking statistic because these are deaths that could be prevented if proper care had been provided. Malpractice is so common that it impacts as many as 1/3 of all patients who are hospitalized. In many instances, the medical mistakes contribute to the death of the patient. Doctors and other medical professionals must be held accountable for their actions. If a problem is detected it needs to be reported as quickly as possible. Patients and their families need to recognize the signs and symptoms that are associated with negligent care in their specific situation.
What to Do If You Are a Victim of Malpractice
Medical malpractice is a regular occurrence. If you or a loved one has been injured or has died as the result of a medical mistake, you may be entitled to compensation. You suffered pain and harm due to the negligence of another. Additionally, you incurred many medical costs, prescription charges, and hospital care bills. You may be owed money for your pain and suffering as well as for these expenses. When you have been harmed you need to speak with a qualified attorney at Levin & Perconti to investigate the problem and get you the money you deserve.
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