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$1.25 million settlement expected in case of woman’s death at Stroger

Updated: January 4, 2014 6:21AM

Cook County taxpayers could be on the hook for $1.25 million in a legal settlement with the estate of a woman who allegedly collapsed and died on a waiting room floor four years ago at Stroger Hospital.

The county board is expected to approve the settlement this week.

Anna Domagala, a 40-year-old mother of two, arrived at Stroger Hospital complaining of chest pains around 2:15 p.m. on June 20, 2009, according to court filings in a lawsuit brought by her husband, Janusz Domagala.

A friend brought her to the hospital, those records show, and she was there for more than 12 hours. Preliminary tests at the hospital revealed she had high blood pressure and a borderline abnormal EKG, her husband has alleged.

Anna Domagala eventually collapsed in a waiting room after a nurse told her a bed had been made available for her and she tried to stand, according to filings in the case. Doctors eventually determined she died of a heart attack, they said.

Janusz Domagala also has alleged a missing record from the emergency room prevented him from moving forward with a medical negligence claim against Cook County.

His attorneys announced the agreed $1.25 million settlement in a petition filed with the court last month. It said the proceeds, after attorney fees and expenses, will be split between Anna Domagala’s husband, 44, and her two children, who are in their 20s.

The county’s finance committee is expected to consider the settlement Wednesday and, if approved, the full county board could give its final approval later the same day.


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