$1 Million Settlement Reached in Failure to Continue Anticoagulant

Ms. Doe, 65, suffered from obesity and high blood pressure and underwent a hysterectomy. She was placed on Lovenox for four days until she was discharged.

Several weeks after leaving the hospital, Ms. Doe collapsed and was rushed to a nearby hospital. She was diagnosed as having bilateral pulmonary emboli, clotting her femoral artery, as well as a patent foramen ovale, a hole in her heart. Although surgery was attempted to correct these problems, the procedure was discontinued because of Ms. Doe’s deteriorating condition.

Ms. Doe later suffered ischemia in her right leg, which necessitated an above-the-knee amputation. She alleged that her treating gynecologist negligently chose not to continue her on the Lovenox following her hospital discharge. Had the defendant done so, Ms. Doe claimed, she would not have developed blood clots and the pulmonary emboli.

The lawsuit did not claim lost income. The defendant argued that the standard of care did not require continued Lovenox.

Before trial, the parties settled for the defendant’s $1 million insurance policy limits.

The attorney who successfully handled this tragic case for Ms. Doe was Daniel M. Hodes of Irvine, Calif.

Doe v. Roe Gynecologist, Undisclosed Docket (Cal. Super. Ct. Los Angeles County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling gynecology negligence lawsuits, surgical negligence cases, hospital negligence lawsuits, medical malpractice cases and wrongful death lawsuits 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 Deerfield, Bannockburn, Highland Park, Waukegan, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Elk Grove Village, Villa Park, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove, Westmont, Romeoville, South Holland, Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Blue Island, Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, Harvey, Chicago (Marquette Park, Englewood, Hegewisch, Calumet Heights, West Pullman, Back of the Yards, Pilsen, Pullman, Humboldt Park, Austin, Garfield Park, Lakeview, Uptown, Jefferson Park, Rogers Park), Winfield, Park Ridge, Niles, Morton Grove, Northfield, Glencoe and Wilmette, Ill.

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