Son claims his mother died because of untreated E. coli

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 7, 2018

CHICAGO —  A son is suing his late mother's physician and the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center (UIC) physicians, claiming they failed to treat a diagnosed infection with antibiotics, which allegedly led to her death.

Miguel Ochoa, as independent administrator of the estate of Ana Ochoa, filed a complaint on Aug. 27 in Cook County Circuit Court, against doctor John Birchak and UIC doctors, alleging the defendants breached the duty to act with care.

Ana Ochoa went to the UIC Medical Center for care and treatment of her medical conditions between July and August 2016. Plaintiff claims defendant Birchak ordered a urinalysis to be performed, but allegedly did not follow up on the urinalysis results. 

Furthermore, when urinalysis results were completed, each one of defendants did not order appropriate antibiotics for Ochoa's E. coli bacterial infection, according to the complaint. Ocho died on Aug. 28, 2016, and the cause of death was allegedly septic shock secondary to E. coli infection.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment greater than the jurisdictional limits of the Cook County Circuit Court. He is represented by Steven Swanson of Motherway & Napleton LLP in Chicago.

Circuit Court of Cook County Case number 18-L-009286

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