On November 19, 2018, the Estate of Cristian Flores settled a wrongful death and survival action case against the south-suburban hospital where he was born for $7 Million. Cristian was born with a congenital urinary system blockage that caused a uroseptic infection resulting in organ failure and cardiopulmonary arrest when he was 14 days old. Cristian suffered a brain injury and lived for five-and-a-half years until he passed away in December, 2017.
The Estate reached a $7 Million settlement with the hospital after the case was assigned to Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Clare Elizabeth McWilliams for trial and the parties argued pre-trial motions and selected a jury.
The Estate claimed that Cristian’s mother’s May 30, 2012, fetal ultrasound was improperly interpreted as normal when, in reality, the ultrasound showed several abnormal findings in Cristian’s bladder and kidneys indicative of a urinary system blockage. If this had been detected by the radiologist, Cristian would have been monitored prenatally and he would have been seen by a pediatric urologist after birth and the condition would have been detected and successfully treated before Cristian became ill. The Estate argued that the radiologist who negligently read the ultrasound was an apparent agent of the hospital.