$275,000 Settlement Reached in Confidential Arrangement for Failure to Remove the End of the Catheter After Heart Surgery

Mr. Doe, who was in his 60s, was admitted to a hospital for heart surgery. While he was recovering, healthcare personnel placed multiple lines in his body, including a central venous pressure catheter, which was replaced with a peripherally inserted central catheter line.

After Mr. Doe returned to his home, he began to experience chest pain and persistent arrhythmia. Arrhythmia is sometimes referred to as a malfunction of the heart’s electrical system. It occurs when the heart beats irregularly or improperly, meaning it beats too fast or too slow. The symptoms continued.

Mr. Doe then underwent testing over two years to determine the cause. A chest X-ray later revealed that his symptoms resulted from the presence of a foreign body. He underwent surgery to remove a fragment of a triple lumen catheter.Mr. Doe filed a lawsuit against the hospital claiming it chose not to timely remove the distal end of the catheter. There was no claim for lost income. Before trial the parties entered into a confidential settlement for the amount of $275,000. The attorney representing the plaintiff in this case was Peter A. Schmit.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling medical negligence cases, surgical negligence cases and birth injury cases for individuals and families who have been injured or killed by the negligence of a medical provider for more than 38 years, in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas including, Lockport, New Lenox, Calumet City, Blue Island, Schaumburg, Schiller Park and Mt. Prospect, Ill.

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