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Cook County agrees to settle medical death suit for $9.8 million

Thursday, December 04, 2008
Chicago Tribune
by Tribune staff report

The family of a 27-year-old mother of nine who died in Stroger Hospital three years ago after bleeding during a pregnancy will get $9.8 million to settle a lawsuit.

The Cook County Board on Wednesday authorized the medical malpractice settlement in the case of Farrah Dickerson.

According to the suit, medical personnel at the county hospital failed to give Dickerson blood-clotting products in a timely fashion after she began bleeding and collapsed in August 2005. She was 31 weeks' pregnant. Her baby survived.

The payment of insurance claims has become an issue for the county in recent months. Board President Todd Stroger wants to borrow $260 million to pay for court costs and insurance claims, but opponents have balked, saying those should be covered with regular county revenue.


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