It is reported that, at $3.7 million, this verdict may be the largest medical malpractice jury award for a wrongful death ever given by a Jefferson County jury, according to a Bellevue News Democrat report. If you or someone you know thinks they have been a victim of medical malpractice, contact an experienced and aggressive Rockford wrongful death attorney right away.
In the report, a woman named Marie Clayton’s husband, Robert, underwent a laser treatment for an enlarged prostate performed by urologist Manoj Desai, M.D. in 2009. Approximately one month after the surgery, Mr. Clayton found blood in his urine and was told by Dr. Desai to seek treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital’s ER. Two days after Mr. Clayton was admitted to the hospital, he died while being moved from his bed to a stretcher in preparation for surgery as a result of suffering a massive pulmonary embolism.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is a growing issue across our nation. In fact, medical malpractice ranks as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. just behind heart disease and cancer. Regrettably, it is difficult to assess how often medical malpractice occurs because more often than not it goes unreported or even unnoticed. According to a report authored by the Journal of the American Medical Association, as many as 250,000 people die annually from medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice is defined as a care provider’s failure to meet the appropriate standard of care that a reasonably competent and skilled medical professional would have provided under the same situation. This may occur in many different circumstances and, sadly, often results in wrongful death. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the most common wrongful deaths resulting from medical malpractice include:
You are your best medical advocate when it comes to your health and medical care. For this reason, below are some signs that may show you or someone you know has been the victim of medical malpractice:
You should hire an Illinois personal injury lawyer who is well respected and knowledgeable in this specific area of the law. Despite falling under personal injury law, medical malpractice cases can be very complex, particularly if a wrongful death is involved. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of another, contact an experienced Rockford personal injury attorney today who can discuss your case. The legal professionals at Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd. can inform you of your legal rights under the law, including whether or not you are eligible for compensation. Contact the firm for your initial consultation by visiting them on the web or calling (864) 225-4000 today.
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