Cervical Injection Mistake Causes Patient Death; Confidential Settlement Reached

Gary, 44, suffered from chronic neck pain. He underwent a cervical injection procedure at a surgical center and was treated by an anesthesiologist. After Gary was placed lying faced down during this procedure, the surgical staff discovered that Gary was not breathing. He was resuscitated and hospitalized. However, Gary died six months later due to complications from hypoxia or a deprivation of oxygen, which undoubtedly occurred while he was undergoing the cervical injection and was not breathing.

Gary had been a railroad worker earning about $90,000 a year and was survived by his wife and two minor children.

Gary’s family filed a lawsuit against the anesthesiologist alleging that the doctor chose not to monitor Gary during the cervical injection procedure and failed to timely respond to the fact that Gary’s vital signs showed signs of hypoxia. It was also maintained that the doctor chose not to intervene before Gary suffered the hypoxic event.

The case settled before trial confidentially. The attorney representing Gary’s family was Bruce G. Fagel.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling medical malpractice cases, wrongful death cases, birth trauma injury cases and nursing home abuse cases for individuals and families 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 Berwyn, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Orland Park, Hinsdale, Wheaton, Elgin, Joliet, Rosemont, Richton Park, New Lenox, Bartlett, Blue Island, Crete, Steger, Beecher, South Barrington and Chicago Heights, Ill.

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