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Illinois woman sues for medical malpractice

A woman is alleging in a civil complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court on March 16 that a doctor and his medical practice, Northwest Health Care Associates, caused her permanently disabling injuries due to negligent medical treatment. In her lawsuit, the woman is seeking more than $50,000 in damages as well as her costs.

The plaintiff claims that the doctor performed a left hip surgery on her in September 2011, placing a plate, rod and pin inside. The woman returned to the doctor in March 2013 for a total hip replacement. She is alleging that during this surgery, the doctor negligently fractured her left femur. Following the fracture, the doctor then reportedly performed yet another hip surgery on the woman.

The woman claims that the doctor's allegedly serious negligence resulted in permanent disability, severe pain and disfigurement. She also claims she was left with significant expenses combined with lost income as a result. There is no word if the doctor has yet filed an answer to the complaint.

In the event that a doctor negligently causes a serious injury to a patient, the patient may be left with permanent debilitation, lost income and expenses. Victims of this type of negligence may require further corrective medical treatment while also experiencing a reduction in their quality of life. Patients who are injured while receiving treatment may want to think about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against their physician as well as the medical practice or hospital where the physician was employed at the time. As these cases are complex, often involving an analysis of complicated medical records, injured victims may want to obtain the assistance of a medical malpractice attorney in pursuing their remedies.

Source: The Cook County Record, "Patient sues doctor and medical practice alleging medical malpractice," Dan Harkins, April 8, 2015.

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