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Nurse dies from complications; family wins in court

Ohioans who have ever had a medical issue know that there are many times when a mistake can lead to serious injuries or death. Providing the wrong medication, failing to diagnose a problem, or making another type of medical mistake can lead to dire consequences. In the news for Nov. 21, a lawsuit against a hospital and emergency room doctor was finally ruled on; the family from Illinois won $2.4 million after the death of the 47-year-old matriarch and mother of one was found to be due to medical malpractice.

According to the report, the 47-year-old woman went to the emergency room to seek help for severe back and abdominal pain. The woman had gastric bypass surgery in 2005, two years prior to the emergency room visit on March 10, 2007. It's not clear what went wrong at the hospital, but the complication of a bowel obstruction is allegedly a well-known issue related to gastric bypass surgery, yet it wasn't treated in time to save the woman's life. According to the news, the woman died day after she went to the emergency room for her pain.

The family of the woman sued, according to the news, and named the emergency room doctor and medical group who employed him as the defendants in the case. The woman passed away at Carbondale Memorial Hospital, which was not named in the suit. According to the documents, the woman's family, including her husband of 24 years, a son, and her granddaughter, will be receiving compensation of $2,439,544. This verdict was based on actual damages, according to the news, since Illinois law doesn't allow for punitive damages in medical malpractice cases.

This case of medical malpractice led to a death that might have been avoidable. If you've been hurt or a family member has been killed due to medical negligence or malpractice, you may wish to contact your legal advisor.

Source:  BND, "Jury awards multi-million dollar verdict in medical malpractice case" Beth Hundsdorfer, Nov. 21, 2013

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