When a patient in Illinois is suffering from a serious medical condition, his or her treatment may be left in the hands of multiple medical professionals. When more than one individual is responsible for caring for a patient, communication could be of the utmost importance. A family was recently awarded a $10 million judgment after a jury came to the conclusion that a lack of communication contributed to the wrongful death of a 70-year-old woman.
According to reports, the woman was initially receiving different types of treatment from two separate doctors. She claims that while they operated in separate fields, both doctors had taken note of a noncancerous growth on her left kidney. Around a year later, one doctor ordered a scan, which showed a increase in the size of the growth, and recommended a follow up evaluation with the other doctor.
However, the other doctor didn't receive the order, and the next scan didn't take place until the following year. During this time, it was discovered that the growth had spread throughout her body. She was sent to a cancer specialist soon thereafter, but due to the lack of communication, her condition had advanced beyond the point of treatment. She passed away a few months later.
No family should have to suffer the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of others. When facing a similar circumstances, family members may choose to speak with an attorney for advice on their available options. An attorney in Illinois can address the circumstances around a client's loss and assist 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 at fault.
Source: thestate.com, "SC jury awards $10 million in fatal medical malpractice case", John Monk, Nov. 2, 2017