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$3 Million Medical Negligence Lawsuit Settled with Major Area Hospital

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by Romanucci & Blandin

Lawsuit alleged negligence in Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit

CHICAGO – (May 8, 2015) Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, announced the $3 million dollar settlement of a civil lawsuit filed in 2008 against a major Chicago-area hospital. The original complaint alleged medical negligence against resident and fellows in training at  a local Maywood Teaching Hospital in regard to their care of the plaintiff’s son, a minor, in 2000, following his transfer to the nationally recognized facility from a local area hospital. While seeking a greater level of necessary intensive care, the infant patient improperly received the opposite, tragically charting the course of his life less than 24 hours after his birth.

The complaint outlines how physicians, nurses, and staff at the facility had failed to provide efforts and standard care reasonably expected for the treatment of the infant son of the plaintiff during and after he was admitted in June 2000. The plaintiff’s son had been admitted to the Maywood Teaching Hospital after complications from his delivery at another area hospital, with the intent of receiving additional intensive care not readily available at the local facility The patient suffered a stroke made worse due to the failure of physicians and staff to properly monitor his glucose levels in a critical 24-hour period. According to the complaint, the patient’s physicians had failed to properly recognize and timely treat the minor who was at high risk for hypoglycemia, failed to properly communicate the need for frequent monitoring of the plaintiff’s son’s blood sugar levels, and they also had improperly decreased the minor’s glucose infusion rate.  The plaintiff’s son sustained severe and permanent injury, pain, disability, disfigurement, emotional distress—all of which have contributed to the loss of a normal life.

“While this monetary compensation is small comfort to our client and her family to assist with the aid and long-term care of her son, the settlement brings closure and more importantly, accountability to the doctors, nurses, and staff who should have provided her son with the proper medical care that was expected of them,” said plaintiff’s attorney, Stephan Blandin, principal at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC. “It is our hope that pursuing cases like these will bring attention to the issue of medical negligence that can be avoided and should not have to upend the lives of individuals and families.”

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