A possible confusion over consent forms is at the heart of Chicago malpractice case. The estate of a man is suing because they believe that the man, a non-native speaker of English, couldn’t understand what he was consenting to. The procedure in question was a blood transfusion. The man came to the hospital to be treated for pneumonia and acute leukemia. Eight days after admission the man died.
The estate seeks damages in excess of $50,000.
It may seem on the surface that a blood transfusion makes sense in a case of acute leukemia. Leukemia is a blood cancer. But if the patient is awake and able to consent to medical treatment they must understand what treatments are happening at all times. A doctor that may not know a complicating factor could put a patient’s life at risk.
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