In Chicago, doctors may certainly face medical malpractice lawsuits if they fail to properly diagnose patients who have suffered strokes. When strokes are not diagnosed or treated as quickly as possible, patients may suffer disabling injuries, including paralysis, impaired speech, depression, or death.
Medical professionals in Illinois may also face medical malpractice lawsuits for failing to provide stroke patients with the treatment they need to have the best recovery possible, and doctors may be responsible for patients’ injuries from stroke complications when they fail to take necessary steps to prevent patients from suffering strokes.
Just recently, a lawsuit was filed against a U.S. hospital for failing to provide quality care when treating one of its stroke patients. The patient had suffered a previous stroke, and while experiencing complications, he suffered additional injuries because hospital staff failed to properly monitor the patient.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed by the patient’s family, the patient was taken to a hospital in Idaho in April 2011 to receive treatment for concerning symptoms. The patient’s daughter said that she had noticed that her father was becoming weak and was suffering from cognitive problems. The daughter was aware that her father had previously suffered a stroke, so she took her father to the hospital to have his symptoms examined.
While the man was being treated at the hospital, he fell and hit his head while he was left alone. The man was then treated for brain hemorrhages for several weeks at the hospital. The patient died about one year after falling at the hospital. His family now claims that the hospital is responsible for the man’s death.
The family claims that had the hospital prevented the man from falling and suffering additional medical problems, the man’s health would not have deteriorated so quickly from his stroke complications and fall injuries. The family is hoping to recover $2.5 million for their loved one’s injuries and wrongful death.
Source: Associated Press, “Family of deceased Whitefish man sues Idaho hospital,” May 2, 2013