Illinois Infant’s Death Leads to $1.5 Million Verdict Against Hospital – Diaz, etc. v. Central DuPage Hospital, et al.

A jury has awarded $1.5 million to the family of an infant who died at Central DuPage Hospital in April 2005. The Illinois medical malpractice verdict was reached after a trial in DuPage County, Illinois regarding the death of Isaac Diaz, who was five days old when he was taken to the emergency department at Central DuPage Hospital in Diaz, etc. v. Central DuPage Hospital, et al., No. 06 L 448.

The child had seen his pediatrician earlier that afternoon, but started vomiting later in the day. There was also blood found in his diaper. The Illinois wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents alleged that the Central DuPage Hospital staff chose not to diagnose the infant’s twisted bowel. It was alleged and argued at the medical malpractice trial that the hospital and its staff took too long to act on the child’s signs and symptoms of a twisted bowel.

Waiting more than four hours to act, the family submitted evidence that the hospital and its staff began applying intravenous fluids, antibiotics and was then transferred to a unit with a pediatric surgeon, but it was too late. The hospital nurse also then called Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago where the boy was transferred. Isaac died the next day.

The family also had sued the child’s pediatrician and the doctor’s medical group. They both had settled before the jury started deliberating its verdict.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling Chicago medical malpractice and Illinois wrongful death cases for more than 35 years in Chicago, Cook County and surrounding areas including Wheaton, Beverly Hills, Lake Zurich, Elmhurst and Park Ridge, Illinois.

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