Alleged early release from hospital leads to lawsuit

Dan Harkins Jul. 2, 2015, 6:05am

A couple is suing an Evanston hospital and two doctors after the husband allegedly was released prematurely with a hematoma.

David and Marilyn Wittenberg filed a lawsuit June 16 in Cook County Circuit Court against Northshore University Health System, doing business as Northshore University Health System Evanston Hospital, Dr. Jordan Prager and Dr. Shalini Ravella.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 7, 2014, David Wittenberg fell and struck his head and was admitted to the defendant's facility as a risk for falls with a hematoma to the right side of his head. Although Wittenberg's blood tests showed abnormal coagulation he was released, the suit says.

The lawsuit states the hospital failed to hospitalize Wittenberg and identify a subdural hematoma, as well as discharging him prematurely. As a result, the suit says, Wittenberg sustained serious injuries, pain and suffering, paralysis and medical expenses.

David Wittenberg seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus costs. His wife, alleging loss of consortium, also seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus costs. They are represented by attorneys Joseph A. Power Jr. and Devon C. Bruce, of Power, Rogers and Smith in Chicago. 

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L006081.

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