Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Secure Record-Setting $8.25 Million Infant Wrongful Death Settlement

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Attorney Patrick A. Salvi says the settlement, the largest of its kind in Illinois history, comes after “an unfortunate loss to a wonderful couple” that ultimately “could have been avoided.”

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This unfortunate loss to a wonderful couple like the Burketts could have been avoided. Thankfully, Genesis did not suffer at all before he died, but the Burketts will always feel the pain for his very avoidable death.

Chicago medical malpractice attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Sarah A. Ferrill of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have secured a record-setting $8.25 million settlement on behalf of a Chicago couple whose prematurely born son died at a Park Ridge hospital after receiving a lethal dose of sodium in his IV nutrient bag in the fall of 2010.

The Law Division of Cook County Circuit Court approved the settlement on April 5, 2012, in the case, Burkett v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation d/b/a Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Case No. 11L003535).

The settlement comes a year after the Chicago medical malpractice lawyers filed the wrongful death and negligence lawsuit on behalf of the infant’s parents, Fritzie and Cameron Burkett of Chicago. Their son, Genesis, died at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital on October 15, 2010.

“This unfortunate loss to a wonderful couple like the Burketts could have been avoided,” said Salvi, a Chicago medical malpractice attorney whose firm has a long history of representing clients in medical error and hospital negligence cases throughout Illinois.

“Thankfully, Genesis did not suffer at all before he died, but the Burketts will always feel the pain for his very avoidable death,” Salvi said.

“It should be noted that the hospital promptly investigated Genesis’ death and learned of the error and advised the family,” he added. “To the hospital’s credit, they changed their policy to avoid future such occurrences and finally agreed to pay an amount of compensation to the Burketts that recognized in some small way the value of his life.”

According to the complaint filed last April in Cook County Circuit Court, the baby boy, Genesis, was born at the Park Ridge hospital on September 6, 2010, at approximately 24 weeks of gestation. He weighed only 1 pound and eight ounces at birth.

Although born severely premature, the infant gradually improved over the next 40 days, the complaint alleged.

However, on October 15, 2010, his progress abruptly ended when he was given an IV bag that contained a fatal dose of sodium chloride – approximately 60 times the dose that had been ordered by the physician, according to the lawsuit.

The infant went into cardiac arrest and died due to the miscalculated IV solution, the suit alleged.
In a statement released last April, according to Chicago’s ABC 7 News, the hospital said the event had “heightened our focus on patient safety” and that “comprehensive steps” had been taken across the Advocate healthcare system to ensure similar errors do not occur in the future. “Our prayers continue to be with the family,” the statement said.

According to Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C., research of the Law Bulletin’s Verdict Reporter indicates that the settlement is the largest of its kind to be reported in Illinois.

A search of all settlements obtained in Illinois counties involving the death of an infant (12 months or younger) for the past 10 years revealed 59 such settlements. The settlements averaged $1.28 million. No other infant wrongful death settlement had surpassed $4 million.

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago medical malpractice law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. The firm represents clients in matters involving emergency room errors, failure to diagnose, hospital negligence, physician error, birth injuries, surgical malpractice, anesthesia errors, organ puncture/perforation, post-operative and pre-operation malpractice and surgical complications. The firm’s success in medical negligence, personal injury and wrongful death cases features recoveries of more than $630 million on behalf of its clients, including more than 180 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. To learn more about Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., call (847) 249-1227 or use the firm’s online form.

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