Even the most trusted medical professionals can make mistakes that injure the patients they are responsible for treating. However unintended, these mistakes should never happen. When negligence or carelessness is the cause of your illness or injury, you might have a viable medical malpractice suit on your hands.
Below, we have compiled a list of the most common questions our clients have had about their potential medical malpractice claims. Continue reading to learn more.
Who Can Commit Medical Malpractice?
Any professional in the medical community can commit medical malpractice, including nurses, physicians, surgeons, nurse aides, and even hospitals or other health facilities.
What Are Some Examples of Medical Malpractice?
To prove medical malpractice, we must establish negligence on the part of the treating professional. Negligence in medical care involves making a decision that another medical professional with the same resources would not have made. Some common examples include misdiagnosis, failure to treat a condition, administration of an improper dose of medication, and leaving an instrument in a body cavity.
If I Sue for Medical Malpractice, What Damages Can I Recover?
In your medical malpractice claim, you can generally recover damages for medical bills that stem from the illness or injury you suffered, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship and love, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
The statute of limitations in Illinois allows for two years from the date of your injury or from the date you discovered your injury or illness to file a medical malpractice claim against the liable party.
Is There a Cap on How Much Compensation I Can Receive?
No. You are able to recover whatever amount is deemed appropriate for the damages you endured. Illinois’ $500,000 cap on non-economic damages was lifted in 2010, and claimants can now receive far higher amounts when necessary.
Reach Out to a Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you have been the victim of the negligence of a medical professional, reach out to an experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC as soon as possible. Schedule your free claim evaluation through the contact form below or by phone at 312-332-1400.