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ARTICLE ID 160052

$________ - MEDICAL MALPRACTICE - HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE - SHORTNESS OF BREATH AND CHEST PAIN UNTREATED AND UNTESTED AT DEFENDANT EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT UNTIL TRANSFER TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL FIVE HOURS LATER - STROKE 30 MONTHS LATER - SPEECH DEFICITS - INABILITY TO CONTINUE CAREER AS ATTORNEY.

Cook County, Illinois

In this medical malpractice case, the 37-year-old plaintiff went to the defendant hospital on July 1, ________, complaining of shortness of breath. While there, he had an onset of chest pain that went untreated and untested until he was transferred to another hospital five hours later. After being transferred to the other hospital, he received anticoagulants that relieved his pain and opened his blocked heart vessel. The plaintiff claimed that the delay in treatment caused a clot to form in the heart, which was thrown to the brain, resulting in a stroke in December ________. That stroke caused speech deficits that have left him unable to engage in his former practice as an attorney. The plaintiff alleged that the hospital was negligent in its care and in credentialing the emergency room physician.

The defense argued that the damage to the heart occurred either prior to the ER visit at defendant hospital or after patient left, and that the stroke was due to other health factors, including bad coronary arteries and general high cholesterol. They also contended that the subsequent cardiologist’s failure to place plaintiff on Coumadin therapy a year after heart attack could have prevented stroke. The Plaintiff was still able to drive, and conversely, therefore was still employable.

The case was originally tried to verdict in ________, wherein the plaintiff proved that the defendant was negligent with regard to the credentialing of its hospital staff, but the jury returned a verdict in the amount of $________, which did not include various proven elements of damage. The original damages award was vacated because of inconsistencies with the evidence and a retrial was ordered on causation and damages.

This present verdict was on the issue of proximate cause and damages only. The jury awarded the plaintiff $________ which consisted of $________ for past and future lost earnings, $________ for pain and suffering, $________ for loss of a normal life and $________ for past medical expenses.

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