The Illinois Appellate Court for the 2nd District issued a Supreme Court Rule 23 Order in July 2017 that affirmed the jury’s finding in favor of Advocate Condell Medical Center in a medical malpractice death case. The court delivered its opinion on Oct. 4, 2017.
In this case, the appeals panel found issue with neither the trial judge’s admission of expert testimony nor a hospital lawyer’s ex parte conversation with a witness. The opinion echoes and makes legal precedent of the finding of a Supreme Court Rule 23 Order that the appeals court issued in July 2017.
Judith Caldwell, the daughter of Jeanette M. DeLuca, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in March 2014 in Lake County, Ill., concerning the wrongful death of her 92-year-old mother who choked on food and died while receiving medical care from Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill. Caldwell claimed in her lawsuit that Condell chose not to adequately monitor DeLuca after her procedure on April 23, 2013 and allowed her to eat without ensuring that her dentures were in her mouth and failed to ensure that she was sufficiently recovered from surgery to eat.