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Hospital accused of wrongful death re overdose on pain medication

The untimely loss of a loved one can be extremely difficult to overcome, especially when it is the result of the negligence of another party. Patients in Illinois and elsewhere who are forced to visit a hospital expect medical professionals to be able to provide an adequate level of care, which unfortunately isn't always what they receive. A family in another state has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a medical facility concerning the death of a 35-year-old woman.

The woman was reportedly taken to a hospital suffering from lower back pain. According to the lawsuit, she was given Dilaudid for pain, to which she apparently had an adverse reaction. After the pain continued, she was given morphine and eventually another dose of Dilaudid, which her husband claims depressed her respiration, causing her to code.

The family says that her heart and brain were damaged by the lack of oxygen, and that she was given medication to treat an overdose during this period. They are accusing the hospital of negligence in record keeping and wrongful death by overdose. According to reports, the woman died just two days after being admitted for back pain.

Negligence in a medical setting can be dangerous, potentially causing existing conditions to worsen or even create new medical issues. Families in Illinois should never have to experience such a tragic loss at the hands of negligence. Those who are forced to go through such a challenging life event often speak with an attorney for advice on how to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed at fault.

Source:, "Family seeks damages in wrongful death overdose claim against Hillcrest hospital", Tommy Witherspoon, May 15, 2017

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