How to Sue for Medical Malpractice in Illinois

February 20, 2020

The last thing someone suffering from an injury or illness expects is to suffer even further due to the negligence of their healthcare provider. Fortunately, when your caregiver makes an inexcusable mistake, you can hold them accountable by pursuing an Illinois medical malpractice claim. 

However, you may not have any idea how to launch a personal injury claim or even whether you have a viable claim. Below, we go into further detail about some of the most common types of medical malpractice cases in Illinois and other legal details you need to know before proceeding with your claim. 

Common Types of Medical Errors in Illinois

Many patients are informed of the risks associated with a certain medical procedure or treatment, but there is a big difference between standard risks and issues that arise due to medical negligence. For a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, you must prove that the medical standard of care has been breached.

To put it more simply, a breach in the standard of care would be a mistake or error that another reasonable medical professional would not have made. Some of the most common types of medical errors to sue for in Illinois include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to treat
  • Failure to provide follow-up care
  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Medical product liability
  • Delayed diagnosis

If you have suffered an injury or illness due to one of the mistakes listed above, or some other medical error, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against your healthcare provider and seek maximum compensation for your suffering.

Statute of Limitations for Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Those who are interested in having their attorney file an Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit on their behalf will need to act quickly. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Illinois is only two years. This means you have just two years from the date of the medical error to fil a claim. 

Although this may seem like more than enough time, building a compelling case and gathering the necessary evidence takes time and effort. 

Making sure to get your claim filed before the statute of limitations expires is crucial, as failure to do so will surely result in the dismissal of your lawsuit. When this happens, you will lose the chance to not only be awarded compensation for your losses, but also to bring the liable party to justice. 

Meet with an Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you have reason to believe that you may be a victim of medical negligence and are interested in learning more about your legal options, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Illinois medical malpractice lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC

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