$1.8 Million Wrongful Death Settlement for Failure to Diagnose Pulmonary Embolism

Ms. Doe, age 43, was hospitalized and treated for sepsis after she underwent laparoscopic surgery. Shortly after her release from the hospital, Ms. Doe experienced severe shortness of breath, tachycardia and lower back pain.

Ms. Doe met twice with Dr. Roe, an infectious disease specialist, who ordered a chest X-ray, which he deemed to be reassuring.

The same week, Ms. Doe suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism. She had been an office manager earning approximately $62,000 per year and is survived by her husband and a minor son.

Ms. Doe’s estate sued Dr. Roe alleging that the doctor chose not to timely diagnose her pulmonary embolism. Ms. Doe asserted that she had several risk factors for pulmonary embolism, including sepsis. Furthermore, she asserted that a negative chest X-ray in a patient with her symptoms was concerning and warranted referral to a hospital emergency room.

Before trial, the parties settled this case for $1.8 million.

The attorneys successfully representing the Doe family were Kevin Donius and Roger Brunelle.

Doe v. Roe Infectious Disease Specialist, Confidential docket.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling wrongful death cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, misdiagnosis of pulmonary embolism lawsuits, hospital negligence lawsuits and birth trauma injury 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 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Tinley Park, Clarendon Hills, Willowbrook, Burr Ridge, Countryside, LaGrange, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Highwood, Olympia Fields, Alsip, Blue Island, Calumet Park, Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Justice, Hickory Hills, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Harwood Heights, Chicago (Garfield Park, Greek Town, Wrigleyville, Pill Hill, Pilsen, Rogers Park, Beverly, Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Cragin, Edison Park, Englewood, Garfield Ridge, Horner Park, Irving Park, Jackson Park, Highlands, Jefferson Park, Kenwood, Avondale, Archer Heights), Cicero, Evergreen Park, Wheaton, Waukegan, Zion, Lake Zurich, Gurnee and Crystal Lake, Ill.

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