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Williamson County Jury Awards $2.4 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Destiny Baker3 years ago

The estate of an Illinois nurse has been awarded $2.4 million following the woman’s death in the Carbondale Memorial Hospital emergency room.

About the Illinois Nurse’s Death

  • According to the Belleville News-Democrat, Ramona “Sue” Yates, 47, sought emergency treatment at Carbondale Memorial Hospital complaining of severe back and abdominal pains on March 10, 2006.
  • The following day, Yates was pronounced dead. It was later determined that she had suffered from a bowel obstruction.
  • Approximately two years prior to her death, Yates had undergone a gastric bypass surgery of which bowel obstruction is a known complication.

Lawsuit Filed Against Emergency Room Doctor

  • A medical malpractice lawsuit was filed against the emergency room doctor that treated Yates and Legatus Emergency Services of Southern Illinois, the medical group who employed the doctor.
  • Attorneys argued that bowel obstruction is a known complication of the procedure, and, therefore, the doctor should have considered the condition as a cause for Yates’ symptoms.
  • The trial began on November 5, and after about two hours of deliberation, the jury found the doctor and the medical group negligent in the treatment of Yates.
  • The Williamson County jury awarded Yates’ estate $2,439,544 in actual damages – punitive damages are not permitted under Illinois law.
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