$1.45 Million Wrongful Death Settlement Reached in Medical Malpractice Case
August 10, 2004
Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. announced today that it reached a $1.45 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of the family of a 46-year-old unemployed, single female with no children, who died at a local hospital under suspicious circumstances. Following her wrongful death multiple requests were made by her family for her medical records. The hospital claimed to have lost the medical records after they were “checked out for medical studies”.
After a wrongful death lawsuit was filed, a large portion of the patient’s chart was reconstructed from the hospital computer system and from the hospital pharmacy that stored copies of the physician orders. An attorney for the plaintiff commented, “The physicians misrepresented this patient’s cause of death as listed on the death certificate. Instead of dying from dead bowel as her physicians claimed, the records we were able to dredge up show this patient died from a preventable pulmonary embolism, which exhibited signs and symptoms of its presence in the days before her wrongful death. The disappearance of the records was very suspicious.”
Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The personal injury attorneys at Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. have achieved multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for individuals with lawsuits arising from medical malpractice, product liability, semitruck and motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries and construction accidents in Illinois and Wisconsin. Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C.’s premier aviation negligence lawyers represent victims of commercial and general aviation disasters nationwide.