Upon rushing to the emergency room for treatment of life-threatening injuries, patients in Illinois and elsewhere may rely on medical professionals to administer swift medical care. Unfortunately, this isn't always what takes place, and the longer a person is forced to wait for treatment of critical injuries, the higher the chance he or she may suffer permanent damage, or worse. A family was recently awarded a substantial judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit after a delay in care led to the apparent wrongful death of a loved one.
According to the lawsuit, the man was rushed to the emergency room upon suffering a gun shot wound, after an altercation broke out among other parties. Upon arriving at the facility, medical professionals began administering treatment. They reportedly determined that abdominal surgery was required to repair the damage, but they were unable to find a surgeon to perform the operation.
While there was a surgeon on call at the facility, this person was already performing an elective operation. According to the lawsuit, the hospital's policy states that surgeons who perform elective operations while on call must find another surgeon to fill in during emergencies. However, staff members were unable to find a surgeon to perform the procedure, and the man passed away nearly two hours later.
Losing a loved one due to extended delays in medical treatment can be a difficult experience to accept. Those who encounter such negligence may wish to know more about their available legal avenues, and they could benefit from consulting with an attorney for guidance in understanding their options. An attorney in Illinois can examine the incident and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim.