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Failure to monitor serious injury can lead to wrongful death

People expect a certain quality of treatment when visiting a medical facility. Failure to meet an acceptable standard of care can have a negative impact on the health of a patient. If a medical facility is suspected of negligence during the treatment of a patient, they may be held accountable. Families in Illinois who have lost loved ones in similar situations may choose to pursue a wrongful death claim through the civil justice system. 

In a recent medical malpractice suit, a treatment center is being accused of negligence in the treatment of a 62-year-old man. The man was injured in a fall that rendered him paralyzed. After being transferred to the center for aftercare, he began to suffer from malnourishment and dehydration, along with other various medical conditions. Several months later, the man's health continued to deteriorate, eventually leading to his death. An autopsy was performed on the deceased which indicated these conditions may have contributed to his death.

In the event of a serious injury, quality of care provided by medical professionals can make a significant difference in the outcome of the patients' health. Failure to provide an acceptable level of care can cause serious harm to the patient, and in some cases result in death. People who suffer debilitating injuries expect to be properly monitored and cared for when admitted to a medical facility.

It can be difficult to accept the loss of a loved one, especially if it is caused by the negligence of another. If medical malpractice is suspected to have contributed to this loss, the family of the deceased may have grounds to seek financial restitution through a wrongful death claim. Since this process can be complex, many families in Illinois choose to speak with an attorney for advice on how to proceed with a claim.

Source:, "Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Somerton Center", Nicholas Malfitano, Feb. 1, 2017

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