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Jury Awards $4,700,000 for Death in Emergency Room

December 12, 2013  ·  By HM&M



A Chicago jury has awarded $4.7 million to the family of a 49 year old woman who died at St. James Hospital in suburban Chicago after she suffered a severe asthma attack. The case alleged emergency room errors and wrongful death in a 2 week-long medical malpractice trial.

The patient arrived in the emergency room in respiratory distress which is an emergency condition requiring immediate treatment. It took emergency room doctors more that 26 minutes to secure the patient’s airway. By then she went into cardaic arrest and suffered brain death.

December 12, 2013

HM&M Wins $4.7 Million Verdict Against St. James Hospital and ER Doctor

Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. has won a $4.7 million verdict against St. James Hospital of Olympia Fields and one of its emergency department physicians on behalf of a 49 year-old woman, Georgia Tagalos, who suffered brain death in the hospital’s emergency department in 2006. At trial, Christopher T. Hurley and Mark R. McKenna established... Read More

December 12, 2013

Penn State Abuse Scandal Shows that Institutions Can't Police Themselves

The Penn State sexual abuse scandal reminds us that state and federal laws may mandate that a teacher or coach, such as Coach Paterno and the assitant coaches and administrators at Penn State, has a duty to report suspected sexual abuse of children to the police. As discussed in a recent Chicago Tribune article: Illinois... Read More

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