In 2014, 61-year-old Sarah Crayton visited the University of Chicago Medical Center for an appointment with a heart specialist. Just days after this appointment, she would die from internal bleeding. Since then, her daughter has filed suit alleging that the heart catheterization procedure – generally a low-risk, quick procedure – ordered by the heart specialist whom Crayton visited, caused artery damage that led to Crayton’s death.
How could something like this happen?
In May 2019, a Cook County court awarded Crayton’s daughter, Shamona Nichols, $3 million. Ultimately, as of July 2019, both parties in the case have agreed that the University of Chicago must pay $2.6 million to Nichols in a revised court order.
The shock and sadness of losing a family member as a result of a fairly routine medical procedure is unimaginable. Unfortunately, sometimes the unimaginable still occurs, even when we do our very best to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
If you found yourself blindsided like this, how would you protect yourself? And how could you work to lessen the risk of finding yourself in the midst of a medical malpractice case in the first place?
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that strong communication between doctors and patients is essential in lessening the likelihood of medical malpractice. That means that doctors should be spending ample time with patients, clearly sharing their opinions and information with patients, and ensuring that patients understand everything that is going on. While the fault in the case of medical malpractice always lies in the hands of those who have caused you harm, it is important to take steps whenever possible to advocate for yourself.
If your doctor isn’t prioritizing your needs and establishing clear communication with you, don’t hesitate to speak up or ask questions.
If you find yourself wondering if you have a medical malpractice case, don’t wait to seek help. We represent clients who have faced tragic outcomes as a result of medical malpractice, and we fight to ensure that they have the resources and care they need, as well as financial compensation for their injuries and medical expenses. We fight for parents, children with special needs, victims of life-threatening injuries, and cases of wrongful death.
If you have questions about medical malpractice or wonder if you have a case against a doctor or hospital, don’t hesitate to call us at 202-393-3320 today. There’s no risk or obligation associated with calling, and we don’t get paid unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
What do you have to lose? Call 202-393-3320 today.