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Family Reaches Wrongful Death Settlement with Chicago FD

Our attorneys believe that all medical professionals ought to use the utmost care and professionalism when caring for patients. No amount of negligence is acceptable, because these actions can lead to serious personal injuries or even deaths of patients. What makes medical malpractice deaths especially tragic is that oftentimes these losses could have been prevented had a medical professional used the amount of diligence required in the profession. But for this negligence, family members could have their loved ones healthy and alive by their sides.

According to recent news by the Chicago Sun-Times, a patient fell from a gurney while being transported to an ambulance in 2009. As a result of this fall, the patient hit her head on pavement and died several days later from her fall. It was determined that she fell because the gurney was being pushed by one paramedic instead of two.

According to the report, this was a direct violation of required standards of the Chicago Fire Department whose policy states that ambulance gurneys must be pushed by two paramedics in order to guarantee stability. At the time of this accident, only one paramedic was pushing the gurney . Had two paramedics been pushing the gurney, as policy requires, the victim could have still been alive and with her family today.

During the course of the medical malpractice lawsuit, the paramedics denied breaking their own rules and did not admit that only one person was pushing the gurney, evading accountability for the death they had caused. Fortunately for family members, a neighbor who witnessed the entire accident testified that three to four large emergency responders stood by watching as only a sole and smaller member of their crew pushed the gurney.

According to the report, the City is likely to approve the $300,000 settlement this week. Our attorneys hope that this settlement against the City will set an example in efforts to prevent future paramedic negligence. We too work hard for victims and families in obtaining fair and just settlements for injuries and losses suffered as a result of negligence, and have successfully resolved lawsuits against the City of Chicago for our clients. This includes a $2.4 million accident settlement we recently achieved for a client who suffered injuries after being hit by a City worker.

With over 20 years of experience, our attorneys are advocates for victims and family members who have suffered from medical negligence and gross disregard for their well-being, safety, and lives. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a medical professional’s lack of care, you may be able to hold that individual or hospital liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact our firm today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.