A healthcare professional who is careless with your health has betrayed your trust and put your life in danger. Hold the right person financially accountable with the help of a Chicago medical malpractice attorney.
Injuries, illnesses, and deaths are the tragic results of medical malpractice. To make matters worse, medical malpractice is preventable, so every person hurt by a healthcare professional’s careless actions could have been spared that suffering if the doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, hospital, or other medical provider had simply followed protocol.
But when medical negligence injures you or makes you sick, that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. You don’t have to be left with the pain and financial burden of your injury. You can fight back by filing a medical malpractice claim, which, if successful, could win you the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
However, taking on wealthy doctors and hospitals with teams of lawyers at their disposal will lead you to more than a few roadblocks as you pursue compensation. That’s why it’s important to arm yourself with the experience and knowledge of a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer. To get started, reach out to Lane & Lane, LLC today.
Defining Medical Negligence
Put simply, medical negligence occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional violates the “standard of care.” This standard involves the widely accepted rules and practices for treating patients in similar situations to yours.
Because you are, presumably, not an expert in medical procedures and practices, you may not know whether your healthcare provider violated the standard of care before injuring you or making you sicker. Still, to recover compensation for your Chicago medical malpractice claim, you will have to prove that your healthcare provider was at fault, according to Illinois law.
This is one of the key ways a Chicago medical negligence attorney can help you. Because of our years of experience with medical malpractice claims, we will be able to tell you whether you have a viable case, what your next steps should be, and how likely you are to be successful.
Medical Negligence Cases Common in Chicago
With its abundance of hospitals and other healthcare facilities, Chicago sees more than its fair share of medical malpractice claims. In truth, medical malpractice is a broad term—it encompasses almost any type of negligent behavior by a medical provider that injures you. However, some types of medical negligence cases are more common than others.
The following are some common types of negligent medical behaviors that lead to malpractice claims in Chicago:
- Misdiagnosis – When doctors fail to use their years of training to identify the correct health problem and instead diagnose you with something you don’t have, your true condition can worsen. That’s an injury you can be compensated for.
- Missed Diagnosis – Similar to misdiagnosis, missing a health problem altogether when you complain of symptoms that warrant action could constitute medical negligence if you are harmed by the doctor’s failure to diagnose you with anything or prescribe treatment.
- Anesthesia Errors – Giving you the wrong anesthesia medication, prescribing too much, or administering too little can lead to extreme pain at best and death at worse.
- Improper Prescriptions – If your doctor or pharmacist failed to recognize that a medication you had been prescribed was unsafe for you, you could hold them financially accountable. This type of medical malpractice claim often includes drug interactions, improper doses, medication allergies, and other problems.
- Surgery Errors – In some of the worst surgical errors, surgeons have amputated the wrong limb or completed life-altering surgery on the wrong patient. From these all the way down to more minor surgical errors that injure you, you deserve compensation.
- Birth Injuries – During birth, newborns and their mothers can be injured if doctors and other healthcare professionals are not giving the procedures their full attention.
- Serious Infections – As treatment-resistant infections become a more widespread problem, preventable infections become more of a threat to patients’ health. If your infection could have been prevented, you might have a viable malpractice claim on your hands.
Compensation for Victims
The compensation you stand to receive for your Chicago malpractice claim should cover every hardship you’ve faced because of your healthcare provider’s negligence. That can include both financial expenses and mental suffering.
Although damages vary from one victim to the next, the following are some of the more common medical negligence damages in Chicago claims:
- Additional medical expenses
- Income you lose because you’re stuck in recovery
- Future wages you will lose because your injury renders you unable to work
- The cost of therapy, whether physical, emotional, or both
- Reduced quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement, often from surgical errors
- Wrongful death
When you meet with your Chicago medical malpractice claim lawyer, you will go over all the available evidence, including your medical records. Your attorney will ask you questions about how your injuries have affected your life. Don’t leave anything out—after all, you want to make sure every damage you’ve suffered is accounted for in the end.
Chicago Medical Malpractice FAQ
Because medical malpractice is a complicated area of the law, we know victims tend to have a lot of questions. We’re always happy to help. Read on for the answers to several of the most common questions we receive at our firm.
Is there a cap on the amount of compensation I can receive?
If you had asked us several years ago, we would have said yes. However, a 2010 Illinois Supreme Court decision reversed the past $500,000 cap on non-economic damages for medical malpractice claims.
Now, there’s no cap on non-economic damages like pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, reduced quality of life, loss of consortium, and more for medical malpractice claims. Of course, your claim should also cover your economic damages, which may include medical bills, lost wages, and others.
How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim in Illinois?
In most cases, you will have two years from the date your injury occurred to file a medical malpractice claim in Chicago. That’s because the Illinois statute of limitations for these cases is two years.
If your case happened more than two years ago, there is, unfortunately, a strong chance that your case will not be heard and you will be unable to recover damages.
How does the concept of informed consent apply to my case?
Informed consent means you agreed to a medical procedure or treatment after being informed by your doctor about the risks of that procedure. This can include anything from surgery to medications, and it can be grounds for a medical malpractice suit when doctors fail to inform you of the risks associated with a treatment, and you are injured as a result.
Contact a Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice hurts countless Chicago residents every year, and each one of those victims deserves compensation for the suffering they’ve had to endure through no fault of their own. If you believe you are one of those victims, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Lane & Lane, LLC as soon as you can.
To schedule a free consultation with a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer, fill out the form at the bottom of this page or give us a call directly at 312-332-1400. We’re ready to work for you as you seek the compensation you deserve.