We are proud to share that, once again, our Chicago personal injury attorneys have achieved justice on behalf of a client in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Chicago neurosurgeon who irreparably damaged our client’s spinal cord because he was medically negligent.
Attorneys Steven M. Levin & Jordan S. Powell won a settlement totalling $3 million, which will help to compensate our 78 year-old client for the pain and suffering, and the permanent paralysis she suffered when the doctor improperly inserted a pain pump that permanently damaged the woman’s spinal cord.
On march 6, 2007, the neurosurgeon performed surgery on the woman to fix a pain pump that was previously inserted in her some to deliver medication to manage her back pain. According to attorney Levin, as a result of the doctor’s negligence, “for the past five years, our client has struggled to adapt to life without the use of her lower limbs… his attempt to fix her pain pump caused far greater health problems, and robbed her of her ability to walk or move around on her own.”
The lawsuit was filed in 2008 the Circuit Court of Cook County, and the $3 million settlement was approved by University Of Illinois Board Of Trustees on December 2, 2011.
Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits arise when individuals are injured by careless or intentional acts on the part of a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider. When the healthcare professional is determined to be legally responsible for injuring the patient, they are liable for the injury, and may be made to pay damages for the harm caused. Additionally, when a doctor or nurse is held liable, the hospital may also be responsible for damages based on either negligent supervision, or failing to hire and train adequate professionals to take care of patients.
Medical malpractice claims throughout the State of Illinois can arise from a number of different situations, including missed diagnoses, healthcare provider errors, medication and pharmaceutical errors, and spinal cord injuries – such as in this case – as well a number of other hazardous circumstances
Injuries suffered as a result of Illinois medical malpractice cases can be severe and life altering; in this case, prior to the surgery, the woman lived on her own in Palatine, Illinois. After the surgical error, the woman is now completely dependent on others. The Chicago personal injury settlement money will allow the woman to receive ongoing medical treatment and home health support. Said Steve Levin, “our client’s settlement will allow her to Our team, along with our client and her family, hope that her settlement will also send a strong message to healthcare providers that substandard medical care and preventable medical mistakes will not be tolerated or go unnoticed.”
If you or a loved one have been injured by a healthcare professional, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Special laws are in place to protect patients. Contact an attorney to be apprised of your rights under the law.