Undergoing a major surgical procedure can be a scary and intimidating process. Patients in Illinois who are scheduled for a procedure generally expect to receive a certain quality of care, and if doctors fail to provide the necessary care, the results can be disastrous. A family in another state was awarded a judgement of $13 million after an error during surgery led to the apparent wrongful death of a 43-year-old woman.
According to reports, the incident began when the woman was set to undergo a procedure to remove a polyp from her colon. During the procedure, the lawsuit states that her doctor burned a portion of her bowel without noticing it. Although she was given medication following the surgery, she remained in severe pain for up to four days before her doctor decided to take additional measures.
Eventually, her doctor ordered a CAT scan, which reportedly revealed the presence of a major infection. However, before doctors could perform an operation to address the infection, she went into septic shock and was pronounced dead soon thereafter. Her family has since filed a lawsuit against the doctor, and they were recently awarded a substantial monetary judgement by a jury.
While nothing can bring a loved one back, financial restitution could help bring a sense of closure to a grieving family. Those who lose a loved one due to the negligent actions of a medical professional could benefit from speaking with an attorney for guidance on their available legal avenues. An attorney in Illinois can assist a client in pursuing the full amount of restitution entitled through a wrongful death lawsuit.