What Is Grounds for Medical Malpractice?

When you are being treated by medical professionals, you trust that they have the skills and experience to help you heal and recover. But what happens when you suffer further injuries or illness at the hands of the very people you sought help from?

Mistakes in medicine happen every day, but a medical malpractice case can only be filed under specific circumstances. If you are unsure whether you will be eligible to file a medical malpractice suit, read on to learn more.

Proving Negligence

First, you must be able to prove that the treating physician, nurse, surgeon, or other medical professional was negligent in your care. In these cases, this means that any other competent professional would not have made the same error. Instances of medical malpractice can include any of the following circumstances:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to treat
  • Failure to provide adequate follow-up care
  • Failing to explain the risks of treatment
  • Leaving an instrument in a body cavity
  • Improper dosage of medication

Once we are able to establish the negligence of the medical professional, we must next provide supporting documentation to prove that the error resulted in an injury to you.

The Error Results in an Injury

Proving an injury shouldn’t be a challenge, as we will have appropriate medical records showing the effects the decision had on your health. These injuries will likely result in additional medical bills, prescription medications, or surgeries, as well as lost income and earning potential. Non-economic damages like pain and suffering can also be sought, depending on the severity of your injuries.

Speak with an Illinois Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you have been injured and you believe the injury was as a direct result of an error by a medical professional responsible for your treatment, consider working with a knowledgeable Illinois medical malpractice attorney.

At Lane & Lane, LLC, we are committed to helping our clients recover the full extent of their losses from the people responsible for their damages. Schedule your no-cost consultation by calling 312-332-1400 or filling out the contact form below.

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