Lawsuit Filed Against Northwestern Hospital Over Child’s Death

A Chicago couple has filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against Northwestern Memorial Hospital after their two-year-old son died.

LaKevia and Nigel Crawford filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming that their son Nigel, Jr.’s death was caused by medical negligence. The lawsuit alleges that a doctor failed to properly diagnose and treat a disorder that results in blood clots. The suit also claims that the mother had an Antiphospholypid Syndrome (APS), and the doctor did not take that into account when treating her pregnancy.

In 2008, LaKevia Crawford was diagnosed with APS, which can cause blood clots and complications with pregnancy. According to the lawsuit, Nigel Jr. was born prematurely in October 2010. The lawsuit claims that the child had blood clots in his lungs and other medical issues before he died in April 2013.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is an 894-bed facility in downtown Chicago with more than 1,600 physicians on staff. In the U.S. News & World Report publication America’s Best Hospitals, Northwestern is ranked as the best hospital in Illinois and the sixth best in the United States. A report by Sun-Times Media said that the hospital declined to comment on the pending litigation.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $200,000.

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