Medical procedures can be intimidating for most people. They put a person in a stressful position in which a person must often choose between life and death. Doing so involves a great deal of trust in the medical professionals performing medical procedures, especially procedures that could lead to serious injury or death. Unfortunately, while medical professionals are highly trained individuals, routine procedures can be negligently performed. In other words, regardless of how much experience a medical professional has in a certain area or procedure, it is still possible for that medical professional to make a mistake that could seriously injure or kill a patient. It is also possible that care before or after a medical procedure can lead to injury or death. When such injury or death occurs in a medical facility or at the hands of a medical professional as the result of negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate in seeking justice for the unnecessary loss of a loved one.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
According to the Cook County Record, two Chicago-area medical facilities are facing such lawsuits. The first lawsuit alleges that the victim in question underwent surgery on June 17, 2014. The surgery in question allegedly caused several complications, one of which was an anastomotic leak, which the lawsuit alleges contributed to or caused the victim’s death. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, an anastomotic leak is a serious complication related to colorectal or intestinal surgery. If not properly diagnosed, these leaks can cause severe and possibly fatal complications. The article in the Cook County Record states that the plaintiff in the lawsuit against the medical center that performed the undisclosed procedure on the victim has alleged that the medical center and staff failed to properly evaluate the victim’s condition after surgery, and consequently failed to provide proper medical attention when symptoms of postoperative complications began to arise.
The second recent wrongful death lawsuit against a Chicago-area medical facility alleges that a medical facility, different than the one involved in the incident noted above, also failed to provide appropriate postoperative care for the victim. In this case, the plaintiff alleges that the medical center and medical professionals involved in a cardiac catheterization procedure failed to properly evaluate the victim’s medical procedure after surgery, allowing them to miss complications that had caused internal bleeding and overall general deteriorated health. The defendants in the case allegedly failed to notice warning signs of internal bleeding, which allegedly resulted in the victim’s death.
Finding Legal Assistance
Understanding your rights and the rights of a deceased loved one is a difficult task, one that can be made easier by consulting with an attorney. As you can see from the general details of the cases discussed above, wrongful death often very complex medical procedures and related care. It is difficult to ascertain whether or not you have lost a loved one in a manner where a wrongful death suit may be appropriate.
However, if you believe that circumstances surrounding the death of a loved one may have resulted in their unnecessary death because of negligence involved in a surgical procedure or related care, contact the legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss the circumstances surrounding your potential case. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible because investigating wrongful death claims can be time sensitive in order to ensure the preservation of records and other evidence surrounding your claim. The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have experience handling wrongful death claims that have arisen from a variety of different circumstances, and understand how difficult the process can be for survivors.