On Sept. 14, 2011, a husband and father was admitted to the hospital. By Oct. 20, 2011, he was dead. His wife believes that doctors failed to appropriately diagnose and treat her husband, which led to his death. It may not surprise many Illinois residents that, in June of this year, she filed a wrongful death claim on behalf of their children, herself and her husband's estate.
Her husband's initial diagnosis was kidney stones. Upon further examination, however, it was discovered that he had a 5 cm tumor in his right adrenal gland. He was sent to another hospital to have both the tumor and the gland removed on Oct. 12, 2011 and was discharged on Oct. 15, 2011. Just a few days later, he passed away.
The victim's wife claims that doctors failed to properly diagnose and treat her husband, who was suffering an Addisonian crisis (acute adrenal insufficiency). Furthermore, she claims that her husband was exhibiting signs of renal failure when he was discharged. She further alleges that her husband was also suffering from abnormal heart rate and blood pressure that are not believed to be related to the adrenal issue, but should have raised red flags for the medical personnel in charge of his treatment.
Any Illinois resident who has lost a spouse and whose children have lost a parent can understand this woman's need for a sense of justice regarding her husband's death. If her wrongful death case results in a ruling that the standard of care her husband received constituted malpractice, she may receive a monetary award of damages. Moreover, she may also achieve some closure for her and her children.
Source: louisianarecord.com, "Woman claims malpractice over husband's renal failure", Andrey Burin, Aug. 6, 2015