We rely on doctors more and more as we age and encounter surprises along the road of life. Medical professionals are an irreplaceable part of a healthy lifestyle, so it is often seen as a betrayal when doctors and other clinicians make mistakes that cost years of recovery time or worse.
One of Chicago’s ruling bodies recently approved settlements for the survivors of victims of surgical errors in the city’s massive health system. Two lawsuits were resolved for a total of nearly $11 million, adding to Cook County’s list of largest medical malpractice claims in history.
A 58-year-old heart surgery patient died after allegedly suffering a cut artery while a pacemaker was installed. Complications after the error were not corrected in time to save the patient, whose family claimed the surgeon was negligent at the time and after the fact.
Another case involved a 31-year-old dental surgery patient who did not survive the procedure. While the patient was under the knife to treat an infected tooth, the clinical staff failed to protect a narrow airway, which led to her death.
Although settlements do not admit the guilt of a responsible party, the payments can lead victims of surgical errors or the survivors of medical malpractice fatalities to recover under better circumstances. Financial damages, including reimbursement for additional medical expenses and compensation for pain and loss of life, are often the last resort when medical professionals cannot provide relief.
An attorney can help sort out the particulars of a possible surgical error lawsuit and find the best way forward, between negotiating a settlement and claiming a verdict in civil court.