Palos Community Hospital, others named in widow's wrongful death suit

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 10, 2018

CHICAGO – A widow alleges her late husband was not sent for appropriate cardiac workup by physicians and a Palos Heights hospital before his death.

Renee Alfini, as independent administrator of the estate of Jerry Alfini, filed a complaint on Nov. 26 in Cook County Circuit Court against Palos Community Hospital; Heartcare Centers of Illinois S.C.; physician Peter Kakavas; P. Gregory Striegel, MD, LTD; and physician Paul Striegel, alleging wrongful death.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 7, 2016, Jerry Alfini went to Palos Community Hospital's emergency department complaining of arm pain and chest pain. The suit states he was admitted and examined by Kakavas and Striegel before his discharge the next day.

The suit states on Dec. 17, 2016, Jerry Alfini was found unresponsive and pronounced dead due to sudden cardiac death and coronary atherosclerosis. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to send Alfini to an emergency room for appropriate cardiac workup and instead assessed him as having cervical radiculopathy.

The plaintiff seeks judgment in an amount in excess of the jurisdictional limits. She is represented by Brion W. Doherty of Motherway & Napleton LLP in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-L-012696

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