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Medication error leads to wrongful death claim

There are a variety of variables that could alter the path of treatment that is necessary to treat a medical condition. An improper course of treatment could have a substantial effect on the health of a patient in Illinois and in some cases, a similar situation could leave one with life-altering injuries or worse. A family in another state was recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit after the untimely passing of a loved one.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman received a prescription for hormonal birth control medication in 2014. Nearly one month later, she was forced to visit an urgent care facility after she began experiencing chest pain and difficulty breathing. After being diagnosed with bronchitis, he was treated and released after being told to return if her condition did not improve.

Two days later, she passed away after suffering a massive pulmonary emboli, which the lawsuit states was caused by a reaction to her medication. According to the lawsuit, the results from previous tests which indicated a high risk of blood clots should have prevented her doctor from prescribing the medication. After filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility, her family was reportedly awarded a judgment of $9 million during legal proceedings.

Losing a loved one due to the negligent actions of another party is something no family should have to face. Those who experience such loss and wish to seek insight on how to pursue accountability through the civil justice system could choose to retain the services of an attorney for guidance early in the process. A medical malpractice attorney can provide a client in Illinois with advice on what to expect from the process and assist him or her in pursuing the restitution deserved through a wrongful death lawsuit.

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