CHICAGO–A Cook County man is suing doctors at Riverside Medical Center, alleging they failed to properly treat his 30-year-old wife’s chest and back pains, leading to her death.

John Hartman, independent administrator of the estate of Jennifer Hartman, filed a lawsuit Nov. 23 in Cook County Circuit Court against Riverside Health System, Riverside Medical Group, Riverside Medical Center, Emergency Physicians Medical Group, EPMG of Illinois, Dr. Renee Peksa, Dr. Megan Woitas, physician assistant Kyle Denny, registered nurses Rosalinda Hemp and Heather Petkunas and First Care Family Clinic, alleging medical malpractice and professional negligence.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 4, 2013, Jennifer Hartman’s back and chest pain sent her to Riverside’s emergency room, where tests detected blood in her urine. The suit says Denny and Peksa sent her home with prescriptions for medication but five days later, Hartman came to Woitas’ office with chest pains and tachycardia, or an elevated heart rate.

After collapsing at home a few weeks later, Hartman was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she died Dec. 28, 2013. The suit alleges Hartman’s condition was misdiagnosed, causing her death.

John Hartman seeks a jury trial and damages of more than $50,000. He is represented by attorney Susan A. Capra of Clifford Law Offices in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015-L011941.

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