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Failure to diagnose embolism leads to death of woman

Individual in Illinois or elsewhere who are forced to visit a hospital for treatment generally rely on medical professionals to be capable of providing the care required. If a patient doesn't receive this standard of care, the result can be catastrophic, potentially leaving him or her to suffer serious harm to health, or worse. A lawsuit has recently been filed against two medical facilities after a failure to diagnose an embolism led to the death of a 41-year-old woman.

According to reports, the woman initially visited one of the facilities after she began experiencing feelings of numbness and weakness in her knees. She was also having trouble taking deep breaths, and was referred to a behavioral-health professional in relation to the possible presence of anxiety. She was scheduled for another appointment nearly a month later, but was forced to visit another facility after experiencing pain in her chest and abdomen.

While undergoing tests at the second facility, she stopped breathing during a seizure, and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. An autopsy was performed, which uncovered numerous blockages in her arteries, one of which may have been present for up to two months. However, neither facility performed tests for a similar condition, despite the fact that the symptoms were present during the initial visit.

Families who lose loved ones due to a failure to diagnose a serious condition may choose to pursue restitution through the civil justice system. Since this can be complex, a family could consult an experienced attorney for assistance in navigating the process. An attorney can examine the situation and assist a client in Illinois in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

Source:, "Malpractice suit faults Duke, Lincoln for a 'totally preventable' death", Ray Gronberg, Oct. 30, 2017

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