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Suit filed against medical facilities after surgery complications

An Illinois woman recently filed a medical malpractice claim against Progressive Women's Healthcare S.C. and its doctor as well as St. Alexius Medical Center and two of its doctors. The claim was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on July 10, and it alleges that the defendants failed to diagnose the woman during surgery, resulting in another surgery.

According to the lawsuit, the woman underwent multiple surgeries at the two medical facilities. She had surgery on July 23, 2012, at St. Alexius Medical Center and was discharged three days later. Four days after her release, she was readmitted at the medical center to undergo a surgery to repair an intestinal perforation. It was not until then that the doctors diagnosed her with peritonitis with several pelvic abscesses, necrotic omentum and a hernia.

The woman says that the failure to diagnose the perforation before the completion of the first surgery was a result of the defendants' professional negligence. The lawsuit alleges that the doctors should have diagnosed the perforation prior to finishing the other surgeries. The woman is seeking compensation for damages amounting to more than $50,000.

When doctors fail to diagnose appropriately, the patients may be entitled to compensation for the damages that the delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis caused. However, the doctors are not the only professionals who could be held responsible. A patient may also be entitled to compensation from nurses and medical facilities if they played a role in medical malpractice.

If a patient is awarded compensation, whether through a settlement or after a trial, it could pay for any medical bills the patient incurred. This might include doctor checkups, additional medications and surgeries.

Source: The Cook County Record, "Woman blames St. Alexius Medical Center, doctors for surgery complications", Annie Cosby, July 18, 2014

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