In 2008, doctors diagnosed LaKevia Crawford with Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). As described by the Mayo Clinic, APS as an autoimmune disorder that can cause severe pregnancy complications and the formation of blood clots in a patient’s organs and arteries. There is no cure for APS; however, the symptoms of the disorder can be managed through treatment and medication.
LaKevia and her husband, Nigel, learned that she was pregnant in 2010. The Crawfords informed her physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital that she suffered from APS. However, LaKevia’s physician failed to take her APS into consideration when providing treatment during her pregnancy that could have reduced the risk of harm to her son. In October of 2010, LaKevia and Nigel Crawford gave birth to Nigel Jr. Because of her physician’s mistake, the Crawford’s son was born prematurely and suffered from blood clots on his lungs. The doctors also failed to properly diagnose and treat Nigel Jr.’s APS.
As a result of these failures, Nigel Jr. died on April 13, 2013. Our firm is now seeking to hold the Crawford’s physician, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation responsible for their failures on behalf of LaKevia and Nigel Crawford.
What Does Medical Malpractice Look Like?
Malpractice can occur in many situations. In some instances, malpractice is obvious and intentional. This was the case with “America’s Most Wanted Physician“, an Indiana doctor who performed unnecessary procedures on patients and then fled to Europe. But malpractice lawsuits can also arise when a doctor fails to properly diagnose or treat a patient.
In the Crawford’s case, malpractice arose from the doctors’ failure to account for LaKevia’s APS when providing treatment during her pregnancy, and their failure to diagnose Nigel Jr. with APS. Sadly, the Crawford’s story is not uncommon. As we explained last month, increased demand on physicians and miscommunications among healthcare providers can lead to a dip in the quality of care that doctors provide to their patients. Likewise, a recent USA Today investigation revealed that thousands of physicians who have committed egregious medical errors still continue to practice. While the actions that give rise to malpractice claims are often unintentional, these mistakes can have disastrous consequences for patients and their loved ones.
What Level of Care Are You Entitled To?
Illinois law requires doctors to provide you – the patient – with the same level of care that other doctors would provide in similar circumstances. Doctors are held to this same high standard regardless of whether you are privately insured, receive Medicare, or receive Medicaid. What matters is whether you are a patient – not how you pay for your healthcare. If a doctor fails to provide you with the same level of care as other doctors and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to monetary damages from the doctor. In addition to the victim, family members of victims may also be entitled to bring a malpractice claim against healthcare providers
Often, patients who are injured do not know where to turn to seek help. In determining whether you may be a victim of malpractice, it is vital that you seek advice from a lawyer. Our attorneys can help you gather the information necessary to determine whether you may have a malpractice claim, and guide you through the steps necessary to seek relief.
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