Our Chicago wrongful death lawyers work with local families who have lost a loved one as a result of another’s negligence. Illinois wrongful death lawsuits include all those filed by certain family members when a relative dies-the underlying negligence can occur in many situations. Nursing home abuse, automobile accidents, and medical malpractice are all situations that might spur one of these suits filed by survivors.
Medical Malpractice Spurs Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The Wall Street Journal’s “Market Watch” reported this week on a verdict in a new medical malpractice case involving claims of wrongful death. The Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at our firm are very familiar with the sad fact that many estimates suggest that more than 100,000 patients are killed as a result of medical errors in the United States each and every year.
In late May three years ago, the decedent in this latest case (the individual who died in the incident) was playing basketball with friends. He was only thirty eight years old at the time. While on the court he suffered some sort of medical emergency and was transported to a local emergency room. Once there it began clear that he was showing symptoms consistent with having a heart attack. Yet, instead of accurately diagnosing him, emergency room officials instead diagnosed him with pneumonia. He was given a few medications and released from the hospital that same day.
Things stabilized, but a similar incident struck three months later. While on the basketball court again the man was transported to the same local emergency room. This time he suffered a massive heart attack caused by complete arterial blockage. His prognosis was not good. He was forced into a pharmacologically induced coma for a short time before dying in mid-November of 2009.
The man left behind five children. The family eventually sought out the help of a medical malpractice lawyer who filed suit on their behalf. The lawsuit alleged that the medical professionals in the emergency room were negligent in misdiagnosing the first episode as pneumonia. That error set the man up to suffer the second, ultimately fatal, heart attack.
The case recently went to trial, and a jury returned a verdict in favor of the family. In finding that the two medical doctors were negligent, they awarded the five children of the decedent $6.4 million for their losses. Of course, there is no way to fully compensate those who have lost a loved one. However, the best that is possible is for the negligent parties to be held accountable in some way to ensure those left behind receive some redress.
If you or someone you know may have lost a loved one as a result of another’s misconduct, consider getting in touch with local legal professionals to learn more about wrongful death law in our state. There is nothing to lose from sharing your story and seeing if the civil law provides an avenue to seek redress and accountability. Wrongful death law has many unique facets, so it is important to get advice from those experienced in these matters.
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