Loyola University Medical Center named in medical malpractice claim

Ben Hart Mar. 3, 2014, 5:26pm

A Cook County woman is suing over claims she sustained injuries after misplaced epidural.

Cathy Flentge filed a lawsuit on Feb. 19 in the Cook County District Court against Loyola University Health System, doing business as Loyola University Medical Center, Loyola University Physician Foundation, Dr. Ricky Shah and Dr. Basem Abdelfattah, citing medical malpractice.

Flentge claims that on Feb 22, 2012, she went into labor and was admitted to the defendant's facility, Loyola University Medical Center in Cook County, to deliver her baby. The suit alleges the defendant failed to get Flentge's consent allowing a resident physician, defendant Dr. Abdelfattah, to place the epidural. According to the brief, the attending anesthesiologist, defendant Dr. Shah, was not properly supervising the procedure, resulting in Dr. Abdelfattah damaging Flentge's nerve root.

Flentge is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 from each defendant and court costs. She is being represented in the case by Chicago attorneys The Deratany Firm.

Cook County District Court Case No. 2014L001654.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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