Patient sues Advocate Sherman over respiratory distress at hospital

By Dan Harkins | Jul 14, 2015

A patient is suing a hospital, alleging oxygen being wrongly connected while hospitalized for injuries she says she suffered in a fall there.

Sue Colboth filed a lawsuit July 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against Advocate Health and Hospitals System, Advocate Sherman Hospital, Dr. Adam Glassman, Advocate Medical Group, Advocate Sherman Physicians Partners and nurses Michael Mackovich and Daniel Brems, alleging negligence and carelessness.

According to the complaint, on July 5, 2013, Colboth came under inpatient care at the Elgin hospital, and during that time she was sent into respiratory distress when she was connected to an empty source of oxygen and her left leg was injured while being moved to the bathroom for a bath.

The suit says the defendants were negligent and careless in failing to connect Colboth to an oxygen source that wasn't empty, recognize Colboth was not receiving adequate oxygen, properly monitor the patient and recognize Colboth's respiratory distress.

The lawsuit also alleges the defendants "improperly [ordered] and/or [administered] morphine to the patient  and improperly [injured)] the patient's right leg while transferring her for a bath."

Colboth seeks damages in excess of the court's jurisdictional limits, plus costs. She is represented by attorneys Craig P. Mannarino and Amanda L. Brasfield of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L006783.

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