Patients visit hospitals on a daily basis with common symptoms such as fever and aching. While these can often be non life-threatening, failure to properly address and treat a medical condition can have catastrophic results. Any form of neglect in the treatment of a patient in Illinois, no matter the severity, can do serious harm to his or her health, or worse. A man in another state is accusing a facility of medical malpractice resulting in the wrongful death of his wife.
The patient visited an emergency room with the aforementioned symptoms, along with lightheadedness. After evaluation, doctors began to administer dosages of Heparin via injection, scheduled for every eight hours. However, the next day the patient was found to be unresponsive. Subsequent testing revealed that she had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
The patient was rushed to the Neurology Intensive Care Unit for treatment; unfortunately, her health began to deteriorate. After the condition continued to worsen over several days, her family was forced to make the difficult decision to withdraw care. She passed away the following day. According to the husband, hospital records confirmed that outdated information was used to determine the dosage of Heparin to be administered, resulting in the hemorrhage that lead to her death.
If a facility is found to have been negligent in the treatment of a patient resulting in further injury or death, it may be held accountable. In the event that a patient suffers a fatal injury as a result, restitution may be sought against the wrongful party through the civil justice system. When facing a similar situation, families in Illinois may choose to file a wrongful death claim, and they often seek the advice of an experienced attorney for assistance in navigating the process.
Source: pennrecord.com, "Widower alleges wife's fatal brain hemorrhage due to medical malpractice", Nicholas Malfitano, Feb. 16, 2017