Illinois Family Files Personal Injury Suit

Illinois Family Files Personal Injury Suit

The children of an Illinois man filed a personal injury lawsuit against two defendant corporations claiming he suffered a traumatic brain injury during surgery. According to the lawsuit, Henry N. Edwards was admitted to Bellevelle Memorial Hospital Dec. 3 for a scheduled surgery to remove the right upper lobe of one of his lungs.

The lawsuit alleges that the doctor, John Sadoff, used a medical device designed to cut and occlude the pulmonary artery during the procedure. The device, manufactured by Ethicon, Inc. and distributed by Owens and Minor Distribution, Inc., malfunctioned during surgery, causing Edwards to lose a large amount of blood.

Defective Product Causes Traumatic Injuries

Edwards suffered traumatic injuries, including:

  • Brain damage
  • Debilitation
  • Permanent physical pain
  • Compartment syndrome in his right arm
  • Loss of independence and cognitive retention
  • Memory loss and incontinence

Injured Man Suffers Emotional Losses

In addition to physical injuries, Edwards’ children allege he has and continues to suffer emotional injuries, including:

  • Mental anguish
  • Lost wages
  • Hefty medical bills
  • Lost ability to continue his everyday activities

Injured Man’s Children Blame Defendants’ Negligence

The personal injury lawsuit names Ethicon, Inc. and Owens and Minor Distribution, Inc. as defendants, arguing their negligence resulted in Edwards’ injuries. The lawsuit alleges they were negligent, because:

  • Ethicon, Inc. – manufacturing a defective device
  • Owens and Minor Distribution, Inc. – failed to inform the hospital of the dangers of the device

Children Seeks Compensation

Edwards’ children are seeking sums in excess of $150,000 for their father’s losses. The compensation is set to cover medical costs, long term treatment programs and his and their emotional pain and suffering. They are also seeking compensation to cover legal costs.

(Source: Madison St. Clair Record)

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