$1,000,000 • Wrongful Death. Negligent Hospital nursing care.
The deceased plaintiff, age 65 and obese, was admitted for hernia surgery. The defendant hospital nursing staff did not follow procedures for pre-operative and post-operative assessment of the plaintiff decedent's for risk of venous thromboembolism (‘blood clots”) and notify physicians, which resulted in a delay in anticoagulation therapy to prevent pulmonary embolism. The plaintiff died one day after discharge home from a large saddle pulmonary embolism. The plaintiff had history of Stage III colon cancer with risk of recurrence at time of death.
Estate of Thomas, deceased v. Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center