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Hospital and doctor sued over woman's pulmonary embolism

The family of an Illinois woman who died from a pulmonary embolism has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court. On June 10, an administrator of the deceased woman's estate filed a wrongful death claim against Specialty Physicians of Illinois LLC, Loyola University Medical Center and the doctor who discharged the woman shortly before her death.

The complaint states that the deceased woman had visited the defendant medical center for surgery on June 15, 2012. While in surgery, the woman had a mass on her abdominal wall excised by the defendant doctor. After she was discharged the next day, the woman experienced severe calf pain that sent her to a hospital in Joliet for treatment. She then went to a follow-up appointment with the defendant doctor on June 25, 2012.

After being discharged from her follow-up appointment, the woman died the same evening from a pulmonary embolism. According the lawsuit, the woman's calf was not examined thoroughly despite her past history of pulmonary embolism. The lawsuit also states that a vascular surgeon was never consulted regarding the woman's calf pain. The lawsuit asks for damages of more than $50,000 from each of the defendants.

When hospital negligence results in someone's death, the deceased person's family could consider filing a wrongful death claim against the hospital and doctors responsible for the errors. An attorney could help the family to determine all of the entities that were responsible for the death and gather evidence to establish liability in court. When filing a claim, families may ask for compensation for their own loss of companionship as well as for their loved one's medical costs and funeral expenses.

Source: The Cook County Record, "Medical centers, doctor hit with wrongful death suit over pulmonary embolism", Matt Russell, July 08, 2014

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