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Wrongful death: Family awarded $6 million after death of mother

When a medical emergency occurs, an individual in Illinois or elsewhere may be forced to place his or her health and safety in the hands of others. Emergency responders and professionals endure years of training to prepare for a variety of medical scenarios, and if they do not provide a patient with the proper treatment, he or she may suffer severely. Should an individual pass away on account of such negligence, surviving family members may choose to pursue restitution through a wrongful death claim.

A recent medical malpractice lawsuit resulted in a $6 million judgment in relation to the death of a 20-year-old woman who had recently given birth. She had only been home from the hospital for a week after giving birth to a premature baby when she suddenly collapsed on the floor of her parents' house. Emergency responders arrived to transport her to the hospital, but they reportedly failed to properly intubate her.

According to reports, she died shortly after arriving to the hospital, and medical professionals advised that the failure in placement of the endotracheal tube was a contributing factor. Patients rely on medical professionals to be capable of providing the care required, and those who do not receive the proper treatment could suffer the consequences. Families who lose a loved one under similar circumstances might be left in search of answers, or even justice.

When losing a loved one due to the negligence of medical professionals, surviving family members may wish to seek accountability through the civil justice system. However, the process can be stressful and intimidating, prompting many to seek guidance from an experienced attorney. An attorney can assist a client in Illinois in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled through a wrongful death claim.

Source: trentonian.com, "Verdict: Capital Health must pay $6M for medical malpractice that killed Trenton mom, 20", Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Sept. 27, 2017

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