The premature death of a loved one is a difficult reality for any family to bear. When a death is the result of a preventable medical error, family members are often left with many unanswered questions. The family of a 49-year-old Cook County woman was recently awarded a $4.7 million dollar settlement in response to a wrongful death lawsuit.
In July of 2006, a 49-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. Suffering an asthma attack, she arrived at the hospital’s emergency department gasping for air. During the course of 10 minutes, emergency room doctors attempted to insert a breathing tube down the woman’s throat to open her airways. After six failed attempts, however, efforts were ceased. By this time, the woman had been deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time and suffered severe brain damage.