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Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Reach 925,000 Dollar Settlement for Medical Negligence Lawsuit Highlighting Aortic Dissection

Jul 1, 2016


Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2016 – Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, announced the $925,000-dollar settlement of a medical negligence lawsuit today on behalf of their client, Barbara Mini. The lawsuit involves her deceased husband, Joseph Mini, who lost his life on January 25, 2010 after his aortic dissection was allegedly not timely diagnosed by Ira Asher, MD and La Grange Memorial Hospital in La Grange, Illinois.

A dedicated 51-year-old electric worker and family man, Joseph Mini was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers, Local #9 in Westchester, Illinois. He began his day on January 25, 2010 as any, climbing into his truck to begin his work. Upon reaching for an overhead light, Mini felt a sharp, sudden onset of severe back pain which lead him to contact his chiropractor, who in-turn contacted his primary care physician believing the issue was cardiovascular related. Both agreed that Mini should visit the emergency room immediately which lead him to La Grange Memorial Hospital. There Mini was worked-up for back pain, and waited over two hours before a CT scan was ordered, which would confirm or rule out that he was suffering from an aortic dissection.

While Mini presented with the signs and symptoms of aortic dissection from the moment he entered the hospital, Dr. Asher did not properly consider the disease, did not act with the urgency required, and did not act in a timely manner, leaving no opportunity for a surgical procedure to take place which could have saved Mini’s life. Dr. Asher and LaGrange Memorial Hospital claimed that they acted reasonably and with the proper urgency given the symptoms Mini presented with, and that, given the extent of the dissection Mini had, any delay in diagnosis and treatment of the dissection did not cause or contribute to his death.

According to the American Heart Association, aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition that occurs when blood leaks from the aorta, the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the body. The leak is often caused by a tear in the inside wall of the aorta. The most common symptom of aortic dissection is sudden and severe chest pain or upper back pain. The mortality rate is as high as 80% if untreated, and increases 1-5% per hour over the first several hours, making early diagnosis and treatment critical for survival. “Given Joseph Mini’s presented symptoms and knowing that the only way of diagnosing an aortic dissection was through imaging, the CT scan should have been performed hours earlier,” said plaintiff’s attorney, Michael E. Holden, Senior Associate at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC.

“While this monetary compensation is small comfort to Barbara Mini and her family to assist with the remaining medical bills, the settlement brings closure and more importantly, accountability to Dr. Asher, nurses and staff at La Grange Memorial Hospital who should have provided her husband with a timelier diagnosis and the proper medical care that was expected of them,” noted plaintiff’s attorney, Stephan Blandin, principal and partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC. “It is our hope that pursuing cases like these will bring greater attention to both the threat of aortic dissection and the greater issue of medical negligence.”

About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci & Blandin has been rated as a leading civil trial practice law firm in Chicago concentering in personal injury, medical malpractice and police misconduct. The attorneys at the Chicago law firm represent individuals and their families in catastrophic personal injury matters, wrongful death and workers’ compensation cases. The cases that are referred to Romanucci & Blandin involve accidents or injuries which occurred due to negligence and carelessness on the part of individuals, governmental bodies and corporations of all sizes. Since its inception more than 16 years ago, Romanucci & Blandin has secured more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. For more information about Romanucci & Blandin, please visit www.rblaw.net or call (312) 458-1000.