Woman pre-death treatment leads to suit

By Dan Harkins | Jun 11, 2015

A woman's estate is suing over the emergency care she received before her death.

Vivian Tarver-Varnado  

A woman's estate is suing over the emergency care she received before her death.

Ronald Hudson, as representative of the estate of Erma H. Riley, and Ronald Hudson individually, filed a lawsuit June 1 in Cook County Circuit Court against: Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp., doing business as Advocate Trinity Hospital; Dr. Lakshmi Yelamanchili; Dr. Denise McGuffin; and nurses Quameko Chatmon and Khalilah Benn.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 23, 2013, Erma Riley received care at the emergency department of Trinity Hospital in Chicago, specifically various diagnostic tests, and one ventilation perfusion scan revealed a "small single defect in the right lower lung"--a "probable pulmonary embolism."

The suit says various medications were prescribed and Riley was admitted to nursing care. On Oct. 24 and 25, the lawsuit states, Riley complained of persistent abdominal pain and confusion, then became unresponsive. The lawsuit states that she had suffered "cardiopulmonary collapse and died [Oct. 25, 2013]."

The suit says the defendants failed to: ensure hemodynamic monitoring was performed; clinically correlate the findings of the ventilation perfusion study; follow the proper protocol for the administration of anticoagulants and antiplatelets; and obtain a baseline partial thromboplastin time before administration of anticoagulants.

Hudson seek damages for the deceased in excess of the court's jurisdictional limit, plus court costs. He is represented by attorney Vivian Tarver-Varnado of the Amb Law Group in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L005499.

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