$5.45 Million Settlement for Failure to Treat Infection

Ms. Doe, 36, went to a hospital emergency department complaining of severe flank or side pain. She underwent testing and was diagnosed as having a kidney stone in her ureter.

Ms. Doe’s test results were allegedly equivocal and showed bacteria in her urine as well as an elevated white blood cell count, which is a sign of infection. However, Ms. Doe was discharged from the emergency room and sent home.

Ms. Doe’s condition worsened. She suffered septic shock, the last stage of infection. Ms. Doe returned to the hospital where she underwent surgery to remove the blockage in her ureter. Despite this treatment, Ms. Doe developed ischemia in her extremities and required surgery to remove necrotic dead or dying tissue.

Ms. Doe sued several of the medical defendants, alleging that the emergency department personnel chose not to admit her and timely treat a serious infection that resulted from the ureter blockage. Ms. Doe claimed that, considering her symptoms, including chills, and the test results, she should not have been discharged and sent home, but instead admitted and treated.

The defendants argued that there was no sign of infection and that Ms. Doe had been stable when she requested the discharge.

Before trial, the parties settled this case for $5.45 million.

The attorneys successfully handling this case for Ms. Doe were Brian J. McKeen and J. Kelly Carley.

Doe v. Roes, Confidential docket.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling hospital negligence lawsuits, misdiagnosis of infection cases, urology negligence lawsuits, nursing negligence, and physician negligence cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Oak Park, Elmwood Park, Park Ridge, Maywood, Palos Heights, Dixmoor, Harvey, Dolton, Burnham, Evergreen Park, Northfield, Lemont, Long Grove, Alsip, Deerfield, Evanston, Flossmoor, Gurnee, Hoffman Estates, Chicago (Near West Side, East Village, Back of the Yards, Grand Boulevard, Woodlawn, Jackson Park, South Shore, Avalon Park, Grand Crossing, Little Italy, Old Town, Belmont Cragin, Portage Park, Lakeview, Near South Side, Printers Row, Douglas, Lower West Side, Archer Heights, Garfield Ridge, Washington Heights, Morgan Park, Riverdale), Bridgeview, Blue Island, Maywood, Berwyn and Cicero, Ill.

Robert D. Kreisman has been an active member of the Illinois and Missouri bars since 1976.

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