Illinois readers know hospitals owe patients a certain standard of care. This includes reaching the right diagnosis and providing proper treatment for the medical condition. When a hospital does not meet this standard, it can often result in a patient suffering and possibly even dying prematurely. Recently, a woman died due to the erroneous actions of a hospital, and now a wrongful death claim is possible.
The woman filed a civil claim against a hospital after she underwent surgery to have her kidneys removed. The surgery took place, even though test results indicated there were no signs of cancer. It was only after the surgery took place that doctors realized she did not actually have cancer. After this terrible medical malpractice incident, she was forced to undergo dialysis multiple times per week.
Unfortunately, the woman died of cardiac arrest eight months after the surgery. Her family members believe this was the result of the surgery and her body's inability to safely manage potassium levels without kidneys. Sadly, the woman was only one step away from being placed on the kidney transplant list. One of her daughters intended to donate one of her kidneys to her mother.
The hospital offered condolences to the family, but otherwise did not comment on the case. What was a medical malpractice claim may now become a wrongful death claim. Illinois readers know that family members have the right to take action when the actions of a doctor or care provider ultimately leads to the death of a family member. Through a civil claim, it may be possible to seek damages for pain and suffering as well as financial losses.