Medical malpractice is an all too common legal issue occurring when patients entrust their lives and well-being to healthcare providers for the purpose of healing, only to suffer further injuries or a worsening condition. When a provider violates the standard of care or act recklessly, patients can suffer significant injuries or even death.
Medical malpractice can include a multitude of medical errors in various settings including doctor’s offices, hospitals and clinics. This medical negligence can both be intentional or an omission to act. Such negligence includes, but is not limited to, a missed or delayed diagnosis, lack of informed consent, misread x-rays or other scans, medication errors, etc. Where any of these or other medical errors occur, and a patient suffers injury or death, the patient or family members can hold the healthcare provider liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
According to one recent article by the Boston Globe, two doctors have agreed to pay a deceased woman’s family $4.5 million over the claim that the physicians failed to take the proper and adequate measures that could have prevented the woman from dying.
The patient in this case fell off a 6-foot ladder while cleaning her home, and as a result she suffered from several broken ribs. However, her lawyers argued that her rib fracture is where the injury should have ended, and not resulted in death. According to the report, the victim was taken to the hospital where a medical scan was done of her pelvis and chest. Doctors discovered that one of her ribs cracked and caused a sharp tip to be close to her aorta. She was transferred to the defendant hospital to be treated by specialists, but then the doctors failed to order chest imaging and failed to gather a trauma team to perform a reduction procedure on her displaced rib. Instead, they decided they were going to wait until the next morning, despite the knowledge that the sharp rib was so close to her heart. Prior to the procedure, the patient began coughing, which caused the rib to puncture her aorta, resulting in cardiac arrest and her death a mere 20 minutes later.
Our lawyers believe that medical negligence is never acceptable. Since 1992, our medical malpractice lawyers have fought for victims and their families and have obtained over $520 million in fair and just verdicts and settlements for clients. Our attorneys never accept less than fair compensation for our injured plaintiffs and are not afraid to take our clients’ lawsuits to trial. We believe that medical malpractice lawsuits not only draw attention to the prevalence of preventable medical errors in Chicago hospitals, but we also believe that legal action sends a message to negligent providers that inadequate care will not be tolerated. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one as a result of medical malpractice, you also may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and suffering. Please note that there are time limitations for filing medical malpractice lawsuits in Illinois, so if you think you have a potential case you should take action to protect your rights.