Doctors, health care facilities named in wrongful death suit

By The Cook County Record | May 20, 2016

CHICAGO – A Grayslake father has filed a suit against several doctors and health care facilities alleging his daughter was not properly treated for a bacterial meningitis infection, causing her death.

CHICAGO – A Grayslake father has filed a suit against several doctors and health care facilities alleging his daughter was not properly treated for a bacterial meningitis infection, causing her death.

Luis J. Munoz, as the independent administrator of the estate of Aliyah M. Munoz, a minor, deceased filed a complaint on May 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against Waukegan Illinois Hospital Co. LLC, Dr. Jeffrey Helwig, Dr. Dustin Dillon, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Dr. Charles Morrow alleging wrongful death and medical malpractice.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 21, 2015, Aliyah M. Munoz was presented at Vista Ambulatory Care Center, which is operated by Waukegan Illinois Hospital, due to streptococcus pyogenes, a form of bacterial meningitis. The suit states that her condition was not properly diagnosed and treated, resulting in pain, suffering and her death on Sept. 23, 2015.

The plaintiff holds Waukegan Illinois Hospital Co. LLC, Dr. Jeffrey Helwig, Dr. Dustin Dillon, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Dr. Charles Morrow responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to timely and properly diagnosed decedent's condition, failed to timely consider bacterial meningitis in the differential diagnosis and failed to timely and appropriately order and administer antibiotic medicines to treat decedent's infection.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgement against defendants in an amount of more than $50,000, plus costs of this suit. He is represented by Sean C. Burke of The Law Office of Sean C. Burke in Lake Forest and David J. Bawcum of Soffietti, Johnson, Teegen, Phillips & Argueta LTD in Fox Lake.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016L004357

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