Our Chicago injury lawyers were saddened to read this tragic story of an infant’s wrongful death after a medical malpractice error at a Park Ridge, Illinois hospital. In response to the malpractice, a Chicago wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the child’s parents against a Chicago-area hospital for the death of their 6-week-old infant. The Chicago medical malpractice lawsuit reports that the hospital’s staff negligently gave the small infant an intravenous (“IV”) bag with approximately sixty times the dose of sodium that was ordered by the physician. The infant passed away only slightly over one month after he was born prematurely. The Cook County wrongful death lawsuit reports that the child was making good progress at the hospital until a pharmacy technician wrongly filled the physician’s order for the IV fluid.
According to a report in the Chicago Sun Times based on the Chicago injury attorney for the family of the deceased infant, the IV bag in question was initially properly labeled and noted the high level of sodium that it contained; however, at some point before the nurse administered it, a second label was placed over the first label. The second label incorrectly showed the amount of sodium that the physician ordered, so the nurse was unaware of the fatal dose. The Chicago-area hospital acknowledged the error. We hope that the family of the medical malpractice and wrongful death victim is able to recover full and fair compensation, but realize that nothing will bring them their precious baby back.
Our Chicago injury attorneys have many years of experience handling such lawsuits involving tragic events. We have successfully handled hundreds of wrongful death lawsuits and have recovered millions of dollars in wrongful death verdicts and settlements for the families of victims wrongfully killed because of someone’s negligence. In 2010, one of our Chicago personal injury lawyers, John Perconti, obtained $4.7 million for the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed in an accident with a semi-truck. We also successfully cover cases that specifically involve children, such as personal injuries to children or birth defects.
Visit the Chicago Sun Times to read more about the wrongful death lawsuit.