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Medication error leads to wrongful death claim

There are a variety of variables that could alter the path of treatment that is necessary to treat a medical condition. An improper course of treatment could have a substantial effect on the health of a patient in Illinois and in some cases, a similar situation could leave one with life-altering injuries or worse. A family in another state was recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit after the untimely passing of a loved one.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman received a prescription for hormonal birth control medication in 2014. Nearly one month later, she was forced to visit an urgent care facility after she began experiencing chest pain and difficulty breathing. After being diagnosed with bronchitis, he was treated and released after being told to return if her condition did not improve.

Family awarded $9 million judgment in wrongful death claim

When medical professionals fail to properly address the condition of a patient in Illinois or elsewhere, the results can be cataclysmic. Patients who are released from the hospital after failing to receive the necessary standard of treatment can suffer in various ways, and in some cases, such an incident could prove fatal. A family in another state was recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment after filing a wrongful death lawsuit following the untimely loss of a loved one.

According to the lawsuit, the incident began when a woman visited an urgent care facility complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing. Her family states that she had visited a hospital two days later with similar symptoms and was sent home with a prescription and told to return if her condition failed to improve. After being evaluated by a doctor on her second visit, her family claims she was given an inhaler and released from the facility.

Wrongful death: Failure to reset device leads to sudden loss

There may be a multitude of scenarios in which the actions or decisions of another party could have a devastating impact on a person's well-being. In a medical setting, it could take little more than a single act of negligence to place the life of a patient in Illinois at risk. A family has reportedly reached a settlement agreement after filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital in another state after the untimely death of a 61-year-old woman.

According to reports, the incident took place after the woman was admitted to the facility because she began to experience difficulty breathing and a fever. While she was at the facility, a staff member had to replace the battery on a device that was monitoring her blood oxygen levels. The lawsuit states that after doing so, the staff member failed to take the necessary steps to reset the device.

Wrongful death: Unnecessary operation proves fatal

There are a variety of ways in which diagnostic errors could lead to an improper path of treatment. Should a misdiagnosis leave a patient in Illinois scheduled to undergo an unnecessary surgical procedure, the impact the operation could have on his or her life could prove disastrous. A family has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming that errors during an unnecessary operation led the apparent wrongful death of a loved one.

According to reports, the lawsuit stems from an incident in which a 74-year-old woman was scheduled to undergo an adrenalectomy. The lawsuit states that a doctor scheduled the operation after concluding that a mass on her adrenal gland indicated the presence of cancer. During an operation to remove her adrenal gland and kidney, errors were made that caused her to begin losing blood rapidly.

Family files wrongful death claim against hospital

The untimely loss of a loved one can be a difficult thing to accept, especially when this loss is sudden and unexpected. The process could prove even more harrowing should a family in Illinois experience a similar circumstance due to the negligent actions of another party. A family in another state has recently filed a wrongful death claim against a hospital after claiming that negligent treatment led to the untimely passing of a 23-year-old woman and her newborn child.

According to reports, the woman first visited the facility while pregnant after experiencing symptoms of swelling and high blood pressure. After staying at the facility overnight, she was given a prescription for medication and released with instructions to keep a watch on her blood pressure. She visited the facility two days later after her condition had failed to improve and was released again without receiving further treatment.

Failure to diagnose tumor leads to cancer diagnosis

Diagnostic errors continue to be a major concern for many individuals in Illinois and elsewhere. A failure to diagnose a condition can create a variety of potential health hazards for patients and in some cases, such negligence could lead to serious or even life-altering injuries. A family in another state was recently awarded $8.5 million in a medical malpractice claim after doctors failed to identify signs of a possible tumor in a man's bladder.

According to reports, the incident began when the man visited a medical facility after experiencing urinary issues and pain in the abdomen. The lawsuit states that the results of a scan identified ureteral stones and the possible presence of a tumor. However, doctors failed to inform the man of any potential concerns and he says he was not informed that any follow-up treatment would be necessary.

Failure to diagnose heart condition leads to delay in care

When a trip to a medical facility fails to result in an accurate or complete diagnosis, the condition of a patient in Illinois may be left untreated for extended periods. Even if the condition is properly diagnosed in the future, the results of a delay in treatment could have a significant impact on one's health. An appeals court in another state has recently affirmed the initial ruling of a lower court during the appeal of a medical malpractice claim in which a failure to diagnose a heart condition left a man with serious injuries.

The incident reportedly began when the man visited a medical facility to undergo a stress echocardiogram. The test was initiated due to the presence of a history of coronary artery disease within his family, and he claims that he was told that the results of the test were normal. However, he was admitted into the hospital with shortness of breath nearly one year later and asserts that he was diagnosed with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.

Wrongful death: Neil Armstrong's family awarded $6 million

Even in the presence of a major illness, families in Illinois and elsewhere may find that dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one can be a stressful and harrowing experience. When this comes as the result of another party's negligent actions, the loss could prove all the more difficult to accept. It only recently became public knowledge that Neil Armstrong's family was awarded a substantial settlement after filing a wrongful death claim following the untimely passing of the first man on the moon.

According to reports, the incident began when the astronaut was scheduled to undergo cardiac bypass surgery. He reportedly passed away shortly thereafter due to complications from the operation. While previously, no information was provided as to the nature of the complications involved, recent reports indicate that an error in judgment was the primary contributing factor to his death.

Negligent care leaves child with permanent brain injury

Any form of negligence that is present during the birth of a child could leave that child with serious or even life-altering injuries. Kids in Illinois who suffer a brain injury at birth due to the negligent actions of a medical professional may face a variety of challenges throughout the remainder of life. A woman and her daughter were recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment in a medical malpractice claim after the actions of her doctors left the child with permanent brain damage.

According to reports, the incident began after the woman visited the medical facility after experiencing symptoms of a condition known as preeclampsia. Although she was only 25 weeks pregnant at the time, the lawsuit states that her condition should have prompted the performance of an emergency cesarean section. However, according to the lawsuit, she decided to forgo the operation after her doctors informed her of the risk it would pose to the baby's health.

Misdiagnosis of epilepsy leads to improper path of care

Errors during the diagnosis of a medical condition could lead to improper paths of treatment that can have a detrimental impact on a person's health. In some cases, patients in Illinois who are the subject of a misdiagnosis may feel forced to follow the prescribed path of treatment for months, or even years. A woman in another state was recently awarded $3 million in a medical malpractice claim after a doctor wrongfully diagnosed her with epilepsy.

According to the lawsuit, the woman first visited the doctor at the age of nine. While under the doctor's care, she was set to undergo tests to measure brain waves and detect the possible presence of abnormalities. The results of these tests reportedly led the doctor to diagnose her with epilepsy, and she says she continued taking medication for her condition for up to four years until another doctor reviewed the tests and indicated that the results were normal.

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