Posted on March 6th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
For at least the second time this year, an Illinois hospital faces a wrongful death suit where the family cited hospital and staff negligence as the cause for victim death.
A widow filed suit in February against the hospital, a doctor, and two nurses over the death of her husband due to respiratory failure. She alleges that the doctor failed to diagnose and treat her husband’s condition in time, causing him to suffer pain, mental anguish and disfigurement prior to his death.
According to the suit, the hospital was negligent because it failed to question the fentanyl doses that doctors ordered in combination with a morphine epidural, and for failing to recognize signs of inadequate respiratory function. Furthermore, the nurses failed to appreciate the effects of multiple significant IV doses of the two medications and give instructions to the relief nurses of Terry’s previous dosages.
Overall, the 15-count suit claims several acts of negligence against the hospital, doctors, and staff, and the widow seeks a judgment in excess of $1.125 million plus costs.
When admitting a loved one into a hospital for medical attention, it is assumed that the physicians and nurses will provide safe and efficient care. If you have lost a loved one because of negligent medical care, you may be entitled to a wrongful death suit. Because of state laws, you have a limited amount of time when you can file a claim, so it is imperative that you consult with a Wrongful Death Attorney at Page Cagle right away to begin examining your options.