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Wrongful death: Woman files lawsuit after untimely death of son

Patients in Illinois and elsewhere who are admitted to the hospital typically have conditions that require constant monitoring. Certain conditions could lead an individual to have thoughts of harming his or herself, and supervision is often required to protect the safety of the patient. Unfortunately, these patients may sometimes be left alone for extended periods, and a lawsuit has recently been filed against a facility and a doctor after a woman claimed that negligence led to the wrongful death of her son.

The lawsuit asserts the man was admitted to the medical facility suffering from psychiatric issues, and he was reportedly having suicidal thoughts during this period. Upon seeing the patient, a doctor notified staff members that he was to be checked on frequently, in 15 minute intervals. However, his mother claims that he was left alone for an extended period, during time which he hanged himself and was pronounced dead.

Whether they occur due to lack of communication, or general negligence, similar incidents are often entirely preventable. Patients are admitted to hospitals for a variety of reasons, each of which may require a specific type of care. Failing to provide a patient with the required care could put his or her safety at risk, and many families have unfortunately been forced to grieve due to the negligence of others.

When the negligence of a medical facility and/or professional results in the death of a loved one, surviving family members may wish to pursue legal recourse, but the process can be complex. By speaking with an experienced attorney, a client in Illinois could obtain some much-needed advice on how to proceed. An attorney can assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled through a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed culpable.

Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman files medical malpractice suit against Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, doctor after son's death", Wadi Reformado, July 25, 2017

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