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According to the Chicago Sun Times, “the Pointer family, of Matteson, charges that their son died unnecessarily, a result, they say, of a series of errors and gross negligence by medical professionals along the way. They have filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court that seeks damages and charges his asthma was not properly treated.”

The boy, seven year old Aaron Pointer, died from complications of an asthma attack. The family, via a Chicago wrongful death lawsuit, alleges that his condition was exacerbated by being transferred to three different hospitals rather than receiving appropriate treatment immediately. Each of the first two hospitals – Franciscan St. James in Olympia Fields and Franciscan St. James in Chicago Heights – indicated that the boy needed to be taken to a facility better equipped for his needs.

Additionally, the family’s Chicago wrongful death lawyer indicates that “the fact that Aaron was wheezing and struggling to breathe should have been a sign not to put him in an ambulance. ‘They send him even though he’s not stable,’ the Chicago wrongful death attorney said. ‘Why they didn’t put a doctor in that ambulance with him, or an anesthesiologist or someone who would manage his condition during that long transfer, we don’t know’.”

It appears that not only was the third hospital a significant distance away but that the ambulance had to fight through road construction and rush hour traffic, further delaying the boy’s arrival and receiving the care that may have saved his life. Again, this situation appears to beg the question of why a boy who needed immediate medical attention was shuttled between hospitals at inopportune times of day rather than receiving treatment.

If you or a loved one did not receive appropriate medical care and suffered as a result, you should speak with a Chicago wrongful death attorney or Chicago personal injury attorney. They are the best resource for determining whether you have a case and if you may be able to receive compensation for pain, suffering and/or wrongful death in Chicago. While there is no amount of money that can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, a Chicago wrongful death lawyer can help your family ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable. Additionally, wrongful death compensation often goes toward medical or other expenses incurred leading up to Chicago wrongful death incidents. 

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  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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