wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a man who died after surgery to repair a hernia.
Jiries Hattar underwent surgery on December 15, 2005 at Advocate Christ Medical Center and afterward experienced abdominal pain and vomiting, as well as other adverse symptoms. According to the lawsuit, a physician’s assistant failed to report those symptoms to a doctor in a timely manner, even after the symptoms became severe in the early morning hours after the operation.
The lawsuit was filed February 5, 2013 in Cook County Circuit Court. The hospital, Midwest Surgical Group, a surgeon and the physician’s assistant are named in the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, the hospital was not adequately staffed with medical personnel that were properly trained in post-operative care. The complaint also alleges that Hattar’s inflammation of the colon was not diagnosed quickly enough. This condition, which contributed to Hattar’s death, may have been the effect of antibiotics that he was taking prior to the surgery. The lawsuit claims that, given these conditions, the surgeon should have postponed the operation.
Hattar was a resident of Bridgeview, Illinois. He died on December 21, 2005, six days after the operation. He is survived by his wife and two children.