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Family of Paralyzed Man Files Suit Against Joliet Hospitals

Last Updated: 02 November, 2012

The mother of a man who was seriously injured in a bar fight has filed suit against the hospitals and doctors that cared for her son.

Tinley Park resident Eric Bartels is a single dad who was going to school for an MBA in 2009. But one night he got into a fight with Joseph Messina, of New Lenox, outside of a Mokena bar. After that fight, Janet Bartels alleges in her suit that the staff of Silver Cross Hospital miscommunicated the condition of her son with first responders who brought him to the hospital and miscommunicated again with the staff of Provena St. Joseph Hospital during his transfer to that facility.

In doing so, Bartels condition was not diagnosed correctly and correct treatment was not started soon enough. The suit claims that the hospitals, both Level 2 Trauma Centers, do not have a neurosurgeon on call who could make it to the hospital within an hour’s time.

Since the incident, Bartels has been taken care of by his mother in her home. He is paralyzed and blind in one eye. Janet stated he still cannot see nor speak. Messina was charged with aggravated battery.

Medical care that does not happen in a timely manner can delay or hamper recovery. If you or a loved one has suffered inadequate medical treatment, call Spiros Law, P.C. to explore your legal rights.