Under Illinois law, medical malpractice refers to injuries as the result of professional misconduct or unreasonable care by a health care provider. It describes any treatment, lack of treatment, or other departure from accepted standards of health care that results in harm to the patient.
We trust doctors to take care of our loved ones, our children and ourselves. They do what we cannot – they prescribe medication, perform surgery, diagnose illness and advise us on our health and wellbeing. We rely on nurses, pharmacists, clinics and hospitals in much the same way. We literally put our lives in their hands. When something goes wrong and a mistake is made, the consequences can be devastating.
A bad result doesn’t mean that medical malpractice happened. But when the harm suffered is a result of negligence that leads to significant damages, a lawsuit can be pursued. We understand how awful this experience can be as we have talked to thousands of people who have been harmed and helped them find the right law firm for what they are dealing with.
Medical malpractice comes in many forms. Some examples include misdiagnosis, failure to have or use the necessary skills, improper treatment, delay in treatment, failure to follow up, failure to order tests or evaluate results, and prescription errors. We know lawyers who have won cases for just about every type of situation imaginable.
Once a doctor-patient relationship is formed, the doctor owes the patient a duty of care, which means that they are held to a certain standard when acting as your doctor. This duty of care is a legal requirement and if they breach the duty and cause harm, they can be held accountable.
A good medical malpractice lawyer works tirelessly to make things right for a victim of medical negligence. There is no way to undo what has been done, but the law allows you to demand compensation for your medical bills and lost wages, as well as payment in recognition of your pain and suffering. A good outcome can significantly improve life for the injured person and their family. There are lots of law firms that advertise that they handle these cases, but very few have the financial resources and track record to give you the best chance of a good result. We know who these firms are and within them, what type of cases they’ve had success with. No one law firm is right for every malpractice case.
Any time you are hiring an attorney, it should be someone with experience, a good reputation and a track record of success. In medical malpractice cases, the injuries are often serious and therefore the stakes are higher. The cases are more complex, more time consuming and more expensive. Hiring the best attorney for your case is essential, and we can help.
The following links provide more detailed information about medical malpractice, including specific injuries and finding the right attorney,
- Assigning Damages in Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
- Damage caps in Illinois medical malpractice cases
- Examples of Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
- Federal Tort Claims Act For Medical Malpractice
- Frequently asked questions about Illinois medical malpractice
- How Much is My Case Worth?
- Injuries From Medical Malpractice
- Lawsuits Against Public Hospitals
- Statute of Limitations for Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
- Ten Things You Should Know About Illinois Medical Malpractice Law
- The need for an expert in filing an Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit
- Who Are The Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers We Recommend?
- Who Can Be Sued For Medical Malpractice in Illinois
Doctors mean well, but their mistakes can be devastating. We get that and know how to win cases against them. We will do whatever we can to help you. If you have any questions or want a referral, please contact us.