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$________ Hospital negligence – Failure to provide appropriate nutritional support after insulin diabetic suffers respiratory distress while in defendant hospital – Death of 33-year-old unmarried woman with no children

Cook County, IL

The plaintiff contended that after the 33-year-old decedent, an insulin dependent diabetic, presented to the hospital with shortness of breath and was placed on a nasograstric tube, the nursing staff failed to obtain an appropriate diet order. The plaintiff also contended that the defendant staff physician negligently failed to give dietary orders, or care orders, for the Decedent’s nasogastric tube; and also failed to give orders for blood glucose monitoring, including insulin administration. The plaintiff further alleged that the staff inappropriately administered long-acting insulin and then failed to appropriately monitor her neurologic status or blood sugar levels. The plaintiff alleged that the decedent, who suffered from severe hypoglycemia, developed hypoglycemic encephalopathy that resulted in a coma from which she never recovered. These injuries that ultimately resulted in her death slightly more than two months after she was admitted.The decedent is survived by her mother and brother.

The defense maintained that the plaintiff was receiving dialysis due to end stage renal disease, and had a shortened life expectancy.The case settled prior to trial for $________.

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