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Family Files Medical Malpractice Claim After Death of Son

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | December 19, 2019

Upon visiting a hospital, patients in Illinois and elsewhere may expect medical professionals to be capable of diagnosing their conditions accurately and within a timely manner. Unfortunately, things might not always go as planned, as diagnostic errors continue to be one of the most common forms of medical malpractice and the results of such negligence could have a disastrous impact on the health of a patient. A family in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against a medical facility following the apparent wrongful death of their son.

According to reports, the family first brought their 1-year-old son to the doctor after he began experiencing issues with breathing and persistent wheezing. His doctor reportedly diagnosed the child with signs of a possible cold and issued a prescription for steroids. During a follow up appointment around two weeks later, the family informed doctors that his condition had barely improved, and he was given a prescription for an inhaler.

Nearly a month later, the family took their son back to the hospital after his condition had continued to deteriorate. Subsequent testing procedures discovered that he had swallowed a foreign object that was causing an esophageal blockage. Although doctors were able to remove the object, the child passed away two weeks later due to complications stemming from his condition.

Suffering the loss of a child due to the negligent actions of another party is something no family should have to endure. Those who suffer such loss and wish to gain insight on how best to approach the situation could benefit from speaking with an attorney for guidance. An attorney can examine the situation thoroughly and assist a client in Illinois in pursuing the full amount of restitution entitled through a wrongful death claim based on medical malpractice.

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