Our client was in the hospital recovering from catastrophic injuries sustained in a car crash. After several weeks of intensive treatment, our client was ready to be discharged to a long-term care facility after making an amazing recovery. However, only hours before her scheduled discharge, our client died as a result of choking to death on her own blood.
In the hours leading up to her death, nursing notes indicated that our client required frequent oral suctioning and that she was coughing out blood and bleeding from her nose.
After taking almost 20 depositions and issuing extensive written discovery, Craig and Tom effectively established a timeline of events demonstrating that the downstate hospital failed to provide proper treatment to our client because several doctors ignored her nosebleeds throughout the day despite knowing that she was at high risk for excessive bleeding and had a decreased ability to protect her own airway as a result of her injuries from the crash.
The defendant hospital argued that our client’s death was unforeseeable and that the hospital’s physicians properly controlled our client’s nose bleeds. However, Craig and Tom argued that all that needed to be done to prevent this tragedy was transfer our client to the ICU for closer monitoring so that medical professionals could prevent blood from clogging her airways.
Ultimately, Craig and Tom built a strong case upon evidence that revealed the downstate hospital and its employees failed to properly evaluate the seriousness of our client’s nosebleeds and blatantly disregarded her need to be transferred to the ICU for closer monitoring.
“This was a tragic case. While this settlement cannot undo the damage our client’s family has suffered, we are hopeful that it brings some well-deserved peace to the family,” said Craig Brown.
Craig D. Brown, Thomas M. Connelly, and the entire team of Illiniois trial lawyers at Meyers & Flowers have earned a reputation for relentlessly pursuing justice for people who have been harmed by negligent medical providers.
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