$2.25 Million Settlement in Failure to Diagnose Spine Injury

Anna Mae Burnett had a history of falls. She was admitted to Powerback Rehabilitation after she had spinal surgery. During that admission, she had multiple falls. After the last fall, she was transferred to Pennsylvania Hospital. Over 32 hours later, she was diagnosed with having a T2 burst fracture and spinal cord compression.

Burnett’s condition led to paraplegia and neurogenic bladder and bowel. Almost three years later, she died of sepsis that developed from a urinary tract infection. She was 73 years old at the time of her death.

Burnett’s estate sued the hospital and the rehabilitation facility and its affiliates.

The Burnett estate maintained that she had suffered catastrophic injuries due to the fall. It was alleged that the delayed diagnosis of her spinal cord compression and complications related to that spinal cord injury was a cause of her death.

Before trial, the parties settled for $2.25 million.

The attorneys successfully handling this lawsuit for the Burnett family were Steven G. Wigrizer, Jason S. Weiss and Mary T. Gidaro.

Schireson v. Pennsylvania Hospital, No. 1703002606 (Pa. Ct. Com. Pl. Philadelphia County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nursing home fall lawsuits, hospital negligence cases, sepsis death lawsuits and misdiagnosis of spinal cord injury 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 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Wheaton, Carol Stream, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, McHenry, Grayslake, Winthrop Harbor, Mundelein, Elmhurst, Orland Park, Homewood, South Holland, Chicago (South Side, Lower West Side, Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Clearing, Garfield Ridge, Woodlawn, Lincoln Park, North Center, Albany Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Buena Park, Wrigleyville), Park Ridge, Elk Grove Village, Itasca and Hoffman Estates, Ill.

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