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Corboy & Demetrio Secures $2.5 Million Settlement for Illinois Patient Who Dies After Surgery

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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 18, 2011

The family of a woman who went into the hospital for a one-day surgery has settled a wrongful death claim filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of her estate for $2,500,000, according to Corboy & Demetrio partner Susan J. Schwartz, the lawyer for the family.

Laura Kraska, 40, legally blind since birth, worked out of her home in Downers Grove as a billings system consultant. On May 29, 2009, she had minimally invasive surgery at Loyola University Medical Center to remove a cyst on her ovary, believed to be the cause of unrelenting abdominal pain, according to the lawsuit. Dr. Katherine D. Matta, a hospital employee gynecologist, found dense adhesions requiring a difficult dissection of the bowel during surgery, according to medical records. No complications were noted or appreciated by her, said Schwartz.

As medical records show, Laura’s anticipated discharge within 23 hours did not occur when she complained of severe abdominal pain in spite of narcotic pain control. Late in the afternoon of May 30, 2009, her heart rate increased, and she had shortness of breath, according to medical records. An abdominal CT ordered by Dr. Freager Williams, another Loyola employee gynecologist, showed fluid and a possible bowel obstruction according to medical records. A lung study ruled out a pulmonary embolus. None of the ordered tests ruled out a perforation of the colon, a known complication of the surgery Laura had, according to those records.

According to medical records, nly after Laura’s blood pressure dropped very low to dangerous levels, early in the morning on May 31, 2009, a surgeon examined her. It was immediately determined that she needed more surgery. During that surgery, at 6:00 a.m. on May 31, 2009, two holes were found in the intestines, one in the large bowel and one in the small bowel, according to the lawsuit.

Unfortunately, on the operating room table, prior to induction of anesthesia, Laura went into cardiac arrest, according to the lawsuit.    After surgery, Laura was ventilator dependent with fixed and dilated pupils. She had no meaningful brain function. After removal from the ventilator, she died on June 2, 2009, according to the lawsuit.

According to Susan J. Schwartz:

“Laura was very ill. She had what was described as a difficult surgery. A bowel perforation is a known complication. Patients should get better every hour after surgery. She did not. When her blood work showed severe leukopenia, a sharp decrease in her white blood count, a sign of sepsis or an infection in the blood, in this setting, the most likely explanation was a bowel perforation. To survive, she needed to be taken back to surgery before the infection destroyed her bowel and caused her brain to swell.”

Laura Kraska is survived by her mother, Carol Hofmann, her father, Thomas Kraska, her brother, Timothy Kraska, and her sister, Kristen Schneider.

Case Information: Thomas Kraska, Independent Administrator of the Estate of Laura Kraska, Deceased v. Loyola University Medical Center, 2010 L 2270, filed in Cook County.

About Corboy & Demetrio
Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation’s premier law firms. It represents individuals and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases and is renowned for its achievements in the courtroom and for its contributions to the community. The rights and concerns of its clients are at the core of Corboy & Demetrio’s practice. That commitment, dedication, compassion and relentless drive has resulted in exceptional service and exceptional results for its clients. The firm has acquired more than $3 billion in settlements and verdicts and has attained almost 600 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million. To talk to Dan, Ed or any other attorney at Corboy & Demetrio, call 312.346.3191 or toll free at 888.364.3191.

Media Contact:
Helen Lucaitis
Communications Director
Corboy & Demetrio, P.C.
33 N. Dearborn Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
312-346-3191 (office)
312-550-2077 (cell 24/7)


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