- $3,000,000 Wrongful Death – Pretrial Settlement (Illinois): One of the known risks of abdominal surgery is infection, and like all infections, the earlier the treatment the better the outcome. A man presented to the emergency room a week and a half after a colostomy closure surgery. When the man presented to the emergency room, he had obvious signs of infection and an abdominal problem that would require surgery. There was an initial delay in calling for a surgeon. Then, a sequence of surgeons had to be called before any surgeon agreed to come to the hospital to operate on the man. As a result, there was a delay of over eight hours in starting the emergency operation which was needed to treat the infection and its cause. Due to the delay, the infection spread and the patient did not survive.
- $2,000,000 Wrongful Death – Pretrial Settlement (Illinois) A man suffered chest pain while visiting another patient at the hospital. He underwent a cardiac catheterization the next day so the doctors could determine the extent of his cardiac disease. The test was read as normal and the man was sent home without treatment. In fact, the test was misread. The man had coronary artery disease that needed treatment to prevent a heart attack. Several days later, the man had a heart attack and died.
- $2,000,000 Wrongful Death – Pretrial Settlement (Illinois): A woman underwent a cardiac catheterization procedure. A known complication of a cardiac catheterization is bleeding at the arterial entry site, causing a retroperitoneal bleed. The physician and nursing personnel failed to timely respond to the signs of a significant bleeding problem. The woman suffered a cardiac arrest and died the following day.
- $1,850,000 Wrongful Death – Pretrial Settlement (Illinois): A child with an infection was seen in her pediatrician’s office. The pediatrician sent her to the hospital to get antibiotics. The child was not given antibiotics immediately, as was needed, and she was not promptly seen by a pediatric intensive care specialist. The child died from sepsis, which was treatable at the time she arrived at the hospital.
- $1,700,000 Wrongful Death – Pretrial Settlement (Illinois): A 65 year old diabetic woman was admitted to the hospital with a broken hip. While in the hospital, the physicians failed to recognize an insulin reaction. As a result, she suffered hypoglycemia and a cardiac arrest.
- $1,400,000 Wrongful Death Pretrial Settlement (Illinois): A young man with a tracheostomy tube began to experience respiratory distress while at a nursing home. The staff contacted the paramedics for assistance, but failed to start CPR before the paramedics arrived. When the paramedics arrives, the patient had died.
- $1,250,000 Wrongful Death-Pretrial Settlement (Illinois): A hospital has the duty to supply the equipment necessary to care for the patients it admits. This not only means having equipment that works correctly, but having the right equipment. In this case, a 75 year old man had a blocked coronary artery (main artery that supplies blood to the heart). To fix it, the doctor needed a piece of equipment called a stent, which is a wire mesh tube that is used to prop open the blocked artery. This stent then stays in place to keep the artery open for a better flow of blood. In this case, the hospital did not stock the right sized stent, and took four weeks to get the right size. While waiting for the right sized stent, the patient died of a massive heart attack.
- $925,000 Wrongful Death-Midtrial Settlement (Illinois): Pain killers are important, but they are well-known to have unpredictable effects, and can inhibit breathing. This is almost never a problem if the patient’s breathing is monitored and steps taken to correct any depression of breathing.
- $900,000 Wrongful Death-Midtrial Settlement (Illinois): Children and infections go together. Thankfully, most infections in children are minor and resolve on their own. Sometimes, however, fever and poor fluid intake can lead to dehydration. In this case, a four year old boy was hospitalized with severe dehydration from a very curable infection; however, the physician failed to have adequate fluid provided. In addition, the nurses failed to monitor him, and missed his increasing dehydration. He died as a result.
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