After a brutal senseless attack, the hospital is always considered the next logical step. A recent Illinois lawsuit alleges that the hospital only made matters worse.
In a negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County, a south suburban mother is seeking damages on behalf of her disabled son alleging that Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet were responsible for aggravating her son’s injuries instead of treating them.
As reported in the Chicago Tribune, this lawsuit stems from a bar fight that occurred in 2009 outside of a bar in Mokena, Illinois. On this date, the victim was waiting for a ride when he was unexpectedly punched twice by an intoxicated patron celebrating his 21st birthday. The aggressor is now being tried on three counts of aggravated battery. After this brutal assault, the victim was rushed to the hospital, however his troubles did not end there.
Illinois law requires that these trauma centers have a neurosurgeon on call 24 hours a day who can arrive in an operating room within an hour. The complaint alleges that neither hospital complied with this law, making his brain injuries worse. It also alleges that Silver Cross Hospital did not communicate with the first responders to effectively assess the victim’s condition. Finally, the doctors involved are accused of failing to recognize the victim’s injuries.
The victim suffered massive brain injuries and is now confined to a single room in his mother’s home, unable to care for himself. The victim’s mother is understandably upset and has taken legal action on behalf of her son.
This lawsuit is an example of medical malpractice law . In Illinois, medical malpractice is a large area of Illinois personal injury law that allows victims to recover from medical professionals when they have not lived up to the high standard of care owed to their patients. Often hospitals are places of healing, however in some cases they can cause more pain and suffering. In the latter cases, our attorneys can help make you whole again. Our attorneys have significant experience assisting clients in medical malpractice cases. For example, in a similar case, we recently helped a former police officer settle his case for $17.7 million dollars when nursing staff negligence caused him to suffer a life-altering brain injury at a Chicago hospital.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death as a result of medical malpractice, please contact our office to learn more about your legal options.