When Illinois residents arrive at a hospital for surgery, they hope for a successful procedure and a quick recovery. Patients put their lives in doctors' hands, and when surgical errors occur, the doctor or hospital at fault may be held liable for those mistakes.
Another lawsuit has been filed against a hospital and a doctor, claiming their negligence caused the death of a family's loved one. The claim alleges the doctor punctured the victim's small bowel during a laparoscopic surgery, an operation that involves inserting a lighted tube into a patient's abdomen. The doctor error caused stool to drain through the surgical incision, and required a second operation to fix. However, after the additional operation, the victim suffered multiple organ failure, causing her to die.