In an Illinois wrongful death case, an appellate court recently upheld a $12m jury verdict for a 49 year old man. The family of Matthew Gulino sued after he died in a waiting room waiting for medical care.

In 2009, Mr. Gulino died after he was diagnosed with Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP). Mr. Gulino was a father of three. He showed up at the hospital with slurred speech and partial paralysis. He was diagnosed by his doctor with TTP and treatment was ordered. Due to delays in the system, he did not receive the life-saving therapy. He died later that night.

An Illinois wrongful death jury found for Mr. Gulino’s family and awarded over $12,000,000 in damages.

Illinois Wrongful Death caused by untreated Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).

TTP is a disease that causes your blood to clump (also known as coagulation) and will be fatal if life saving treatment is not immediately given. With TTP, blood clots form in small blood vessels in the body. TTP can cause tiny red or purple dots on the skin. These dots are named petechiae. Petechiae sometimes looks like a rash. If the condition goes untreated, these clots can block oxygen rich blood to important organs.

It is often treated by a procedure called plasmapheresis. Plasmapheresis is a process that filters the blood and removes harmful antibodies. It is a procedure similar to dialysis; however, it removes the plasma portion of the blood where antibodies are located.

Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice

At Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar & Higginbotham, P.L.L.C., we understand the devastation that families in this situation are experiencing. Committed to seeking justice for those affected by the loss of a family member, our wrongful death lawyers provide individuals with compassionate and aggressive legal representation. A wrongful death is legally defined as an unnecessary death that results from the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity. With extensive experience representing families with wrongful death claims, our lawyers have investigated cases from all over the world.

Although monetary compensation can never atone for the loss of a family member, it can provide the financial support you and your family need to pay off medical bills, funeral expenses, and other debts incurred as a result of an unexpected death. These types of compensation are called compensatory damages and are meant to help get the victim(s) back to where they started financially before the loss of their loved one. Sometimes, families affected by a wrongful death are eligible for punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are meant to penalize the party at fault and to discourage it and others from acting irresponsibly in the future.