In late September 2015, a Jefferson County, Illinois medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the widow of a man who died after suffering a pulmonary embolism while he was an inpatient in the hospital. The defendant urologist was alleged to have been medically negligent by failing to follow the hospital’s recommendations that would have prevented the man from suffering the fatal pulmonary embolism while being transferred from his hospital bed to a stretcher to be brought down for surgery on December 16, 2009.
The defendant urologist had performed a laser treatment on the man for his enlarged prostate about one month earlier. When the man noticed that he had blood in his urine, he contacted the urologist, who instructed him to go to a local hospital emergency room. The man was admitted to the hospital that day and it was later decided that he would undergo surgery.
The man remained in bed for the two days he was in the hospital before his scheduled surgery. During that period of time, the man was not on medication to prevent blood clots forming in his legs because it was contraindicated due to his scheduled surgery. However, he was not allowed to get out of bed and walk around, which his widow’s medical malpractice lawsuit alleged was required, in order to comply with the standard of care, to reduce the possibility of developing deep vein thrombosis in his legs that could result in a blood clot breaking off and traveling to his lungs.
The widow’s medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit also alleged that it was medical negligence to not place compression stockings on the man’s legs while he was restricted to bed for the two days he waited for surgery. As a result of the defendant urologist failing to follow the hospital’s recommendations to prevent deep vein thrombosis, the medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that the man developed the massive pulmonary embolism that ended his life.
The man had just retired from work one month before he died and he and his bride of 39 years had just moved into a new home so that they could help take care of their many grandchildren.
After the Illinois medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff, one of the plaintiff’s attorneys stated, “Nobody came to say they were sorry. Nobody said they did anything wrong.”
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or death from a pulmonary embolism that could have been prevented or effectively treated with timely and appropriate diagnosis and treatment in Illinois or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state, who may investigate your medical negligence claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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