One of the reasons that physicians in Illinois and elsewhere are supposed to understand the backgrounds of their patients prior to making diagnoses or prescribing treatments is to be aware of any pre-existing conditions the patients have and/or medications the patients are taking. Without this and other knowledge about a patient, errors can be made. Those errors could lead to deaths in some cases. Surviving family members retain the right to file wrongful death claims against those believed to have caused the deaths of their loved ones.
For example, a woman from another state is suing a hospital, among others, that she claims killed her husband. Her husband needed dialysis, and medical personnel were aware of that fact when he went to the hospital on Dec. 31, 2013. While at the hospital on that date, certain medications were administered to her husband.
However, due to the fact that he was a dialysis patient, the administration of those medications needed to follow certain protocols. The Texas man's widow claims that extra care was not taken to ensure that those medications were properly administered. She further alleges that due to the substandard of care that her husband received, he died prematurely.
Illinois families who discover that errors in the treatment of loved ones could be responsible for their deaths might also file wrongful death claims. If the evidence provided to the court establishes that the standard of care received was substandard, an award of damages could be ordered. A monetary judgment could provide relief from the financial burdens often incurred as the result of a medical mistake.
Source: setexasrecord.com, "Widow accuses health care providers of medical malpractice", Wadi Reformado, April 19, 2016