$185,000 Settlement for the Wrongful Death in Failure to Assess and Evaluate Pelvic Fracture

When Juanita Norton, 88, fell in her yard, she was taken to the local emergency room. At the hospital, she was diagnosed as having multiple pelvic fractures.

She was admitted to the hospital for pain control and rehabilitation when placed on DVT (deep vein thrombosis) prophylaxis.

During the hospitalization, Norton experienced pain, nausea, vomiting and constipation. Later, she had difficulty breathing. Unfortunately, Norton died three days after her hospital admission.

An autopsy determined the cause of death was complications from the pelvic fracture. Norton’s estate sued the hospital, alleging that it chose not to properly assess and evaluate her pelvic fracture, which led to her untimely death.

Before trial, the parties settled for $185,000.

The attorneys successfully handling this case for the Norton estate were Steven Blakely Smith and Mackenzie G. Archenhold.

Owens v. Upstate Affiliate Org., No. 2019-CP-37-00099 (S.C. Ct. Com. Pl. Oconee County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling wrongful death lawsuits, hospital negligence cases, traumatic brain injury cases, misdiagnosis lawsuits, and nursing home abuse 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 North Riverside, Cicero, Hinsdale, Westmont, Oakbrook Terrace, Franklin Park, Itasca, Elk Grove Village, Des Plaines, Glencoe, Wheeling, Vernon Hills, Barrington Hills, Prospect Heights, Niles, Lincolnshire, Evanston, North Chicago, Round Lake Beach, Crystal Lake, Grayslake, Cary, Hoffman Estates, Downers Grove, Naperville, Homer Glen, Summit, Chicago (Avondale, Albany Park, South Loop, Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Wrigleyville, West Lawn, Auburn Gresham, Chatham, Beverly, Roscoe Village, West Pullman, Hegewisch, Woodlawn, Fuller Park, Chinatown, Jefferson Park, Edgewater, Andersonville, Sauganash, Galewood, Archer Heights, Garfield Ridge), Evergreen Park, Chicago Ridge, Willow Springs, Justice, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Broadview and Arlington Heights, Ill.

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

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