Wrongful death suit: Advocate South Suburban staff didn't consult doctor about patient's medication refusal

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 8, 2018

CHICAGO – A hospital is alleged to have failed to timely consult a physician when a patient refused ordered medication before his death.

Sylvia Wilkinson, special administrator of the estate of Edward Wilkinson Sr., filed a complaint on Nov. 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against Advocate South Suburban Hospital, alleging wrongful death and other counts.

According to the complaint, on March 14, 2017, Wilkinson went to the defendant's emergency department with complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath. The suit states an order was placed for him to receive heparin every 12 hours. 

The suit states the man refused to let a nurse administer heparin twice and asked to speak with a physician. On March 16, 2017, he went into cardiac arrest and died the same day.

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to administer heparin in the manner directed by the ordering physician and failed to timely consult a physician when a patient refuses to take a previously ordered medication.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages of more than $50,000 and other relief. She is represented by Craig M. Sandberg of Muslin & Sandberg in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-L-011942

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