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Improper application of CPAP to 43-year old female worsens underlying esophageal tear

Type of Injury: Worsening of underlying traumatic condition, namely, a proximal esophageal tear
Type of Case: Medical Malpractice
Settlement Amount: $200,000.00

On June 4, 2012, F-43 underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy with intra-operative endoscopy that was performed by defendant's physicians that was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. During the course of the aforementioned procedure, the plaintiff suffered a proximal esophageal tear. This was a known risk of the procedure. Due to the esophageal tear, two days later, the plaintiff underwent a left neck exploration, washout, and closure of the wound that was performed by different physicians at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Despite orders to the contrary, the plaintiff was placed on a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which caused a worsening of her underlying traumatic condition, namely, the proximal esophageal tear.

What Each Defendant Paid: Northwestern Memorial Hospital paid $200,000.00.

Insurance Company: Northwestern Memorial Hospital has coverage through self-funding utilizing Northwestern Memorial Insurance Company (NMIC), a captive insurance company.

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