The son of a woman who died from cardiac arrest recently filed a wrongful death claim in Cook County. The lawsuit names Blue Island and Alsip, alleging malpractice and wrongful death. The woman was experiencing shortness of breath and called for a paramedic. According to the complaint, paramedics from both Blue Island and Alsip were dispatched to the woman’s home, which apparently caused a dispute between them as to which unit should respond. The result was a delay in treatment, which ultimately led to the woman’s death later that day, according to court documents.
Medical professionals, such as doctors and paramedics, are required to provide a high level of care to patients. When they fail to take the necessary steps to ensure proper treatment, the result can be disastrous. In this case, the emergency responders did not provide a timely response and were therefore negligent, allegedly causing the woman’s death with their negligence. The lawsuit goes further to state that the paramedics failed to provide basic life support measures, which includes resuscitation.
Cardiac arrest is not the same thing as a heart attack, although the two can occur at the same time. Cardiac arrest happens when the electrical system in the heart malfunctions. The result is that the heart does not beat properly and can flutter, unable to create adequate blood flow through the body. When this happens, the patient must have immediate medical treatment, typically with CPR or with the use of a defibrillator. Without this treatment, the brain will suffer damage because of the lack of oxygen. In this case, the paramedics’ delay most certainly contributed to the woman’s death because no lifesaving tactics were used, even though paramedics are trained to provide them.
If your loved one died because of the negligence of another party, you are most likely going through a painful and difficult time. One of the last things on your mind is finances, but you could find yourself facing extremely large medical bills. If you have lost a relative as the result of a negligent act, it may also be called a wrongful death. This simply means that the death likely could have been prevented if not for the actions, or lack of actions, of another party. Relatives of wrongful death victims may seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, and other damages.
When a wrongful death occurs, you might have a lot of questions and concerns. If so, you can get the answers you need along with caring legal support from a qualified wrongful death attorney. An experienced lawyer will examine your case and file a lawsuit to seek damages from the party that caused the accident. Do not worry about paying for medical costs — they should be paid for by the person or persons who caused the death of your loved one with their negligence. Do not wait to speak with an attorney because there are time limits to file legal actions. Contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney today.
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