Cook County, Illinois is facing the possibility that it will pay $24 million in medical malpractice settlements related to its public health system. Upwards of $20 million may be paid to settle one medical malpractice claim involving a now 3-year-old who suffered permanent irreversible brain damage as a result of cardiac arrest that occurred after he had undergone surgery during December 2011 for an undescended testicle at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital. There are two other current medical malpractice claims against Stroger Hospital that may also be settled.
The small child was recovering from his successful surgery when his medical providers allegedly failed to respond to his cardiac arrest by intiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation until five minutes after the event. The boy was without a pulse for at least fifteen minutes during which his brain was deprived of oxygen, resulting in the serous brain injury for which he will require medical and custodial care for the rest of his life.
Another claim against Stroger Hospital that may be settled for $2.4 million involves the alleged improper treatment of an infection suffered by a cancer patient in January 2008. As a result of the improper treatment, the infection spread and required multiple amputations. The patient died two years after she was admitted to Stroger Hospital.
A third claim that may be settled by Cook County involves a medical malpractice claim by a jailed prisoner who allegedly received improper medical treatment for an infection involving an external fixator attached to his arm during his almost seven weeks incarceration in 2006. As a result of the improper medical treatment for his infection, the infection spread and he developed sepsis, from which he died at Stroger Hospital, where he allegedly also received improper medical treatment.
Rounding out the medical malpracrtice claims that may be settled involving Stroger Hospital is another medical malpractice claim that may be settled for $625,000.
The Finance Committee of the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the medical malpractice settlements at its meeting on February 5, 2013 (the video of the Cook County Board of Commissioners’ February 5, 2013 meeting during which it referred the medical malpractice settlement proposals to its Finance Litigation Subcommittee can be viewed at 01:42:58 on the video feed of the Board meeting by clicking here).
Medical malpractice incidents that cause permanent, severe, and even deadly injuries to the innocent victims of medical negligence cost not only medical malpractice insurance companies and their insureds millions of dollars in medical malpractice settlements and other medical malpractice payouts each year but also cost taxpayers on the local, state, and federal levels millions of dollars that could have been avoided if the medical providers simply abided by the applicable standards of care when treating patients in their respective jurisdictions. Medical malpractice affects not only the victims of negligent medical care and their families but also every person who pays taxes that are used to compensate those who suffer unnecessary harms because of medical neglect, medical mistakes, and medical errors.
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