In March of 2006, a man arrived at the Alton emergency room complaining of tightness in his throat, neck pain, blurred vision, and tightness in his chest. All of his symptoms pointed to an aortic aneurysm. However, doctors failed to properly examine the gentleman, and shortly thereafter he died from heart complications.
By definition, medical malpractice lawsuits arise when health care professionals are negligent in their care, and their acts and/or omissions not only violate accepted standards, but cause harm to the patient as well. Often hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other types of health care providers are covered by a form of professional liability insurance to offset the costs of lawsuits that occur as the result of malpractice.
But liability insurance serves another purpose: the costs of future medical care may be enormous if the injury is pervasive; but more than that, though money can never replace the life of a lost loved one, monetary penalties may serve as a message to health care professionals, motivating them to change their practices to avoid future litigation.
The family of the 2006 victim is likewise trying to send a message to the negligent doctors who were supposed to be responsible for the man’s care. According to the Madison St. Clair Record, the trial was set to start Monday morning at 9 a.m. in the Madison County Circuit Court with jury selection.
Wrongful death cases that result from medical malpractice are devastating. Not only does the victim bear pain and suffering, but his family and friends are robbed of his love, and companionship, as well as expected to bear the burden of large sums of hospital, medical, and related bills, arising from the health care professional’s negligence.
Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys have handled hundreds of cases of injuries brought on by negligence on the part of the care provider, and have worked tirelessly to fight for the rights of victims. Our attorneys are also responsible for bringing justice in the form of a record-high $14 million verdict against a doctor and hospital that failed to ignore abnormal chest x-ray results, which caused a substantial delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer. If you believe that you or someone you love may have been the victim of medical negligence, an attorney may be able to help you determine your rights.