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Hospital negligence could fatally harm Illinois patients

Negligence can cause many terrible outcomes to befall innocent individuals. Hospital negligence in particular can be especially tragic as medical mistakes can easily lead to the deaths of patients. If Illinois residents have lost loved ones due to such errors, they may wish to look into their legal options for filing medical malpractice claims.

One family in another area took such action after the death of their loved one, and their case recently reached a verdict. Reports stated that when their family member died eight years ago, the 78-year-old man had first gone to an emergency room due to medical concerns. The staff had the man admitted in order to have the man treated for congestive heart failure and abnormal heartbeat. 

As the man's condition continued to decline, he was scheduled to be moved to the critical care unit. However, 11 hours passed before he was taken to that unit, and he had already become unresponsive. He did not regain consciousness and later had to be taken off of life support. The family filed a legal claim for negligence against the hospital, and the jury recently awarded them $250,000. 

As this case shows, hospital negligence can quickly lead to a patient failing to receive necessary care and paying the ultimate price. If Illinois residence have suffered through a similar ordeal, they may also wish to file claims of their own. Consulting with experienced attorneys could help concerned parties find out whether their situations may warrant such legal action and what options they may have for potentially pursuing a claim.

Source:, "Jury finds malpractice in UMass Memorial lawsuit", Gary V. Murray, Dec. 26, 2016

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