How to Sue for Surgery Complications

January 16, 2020

When you undergo surgery in Chicago, you may feel nervous because every surgery comes with a risk of complications. Your doctor will warn you of potential risks before you go into surgery. You may even have to sign documentation to protect the doctor from liability. But, this documentation doesn’t protect the doctor from liability if you suffer complications caused by negligence.

If you believe you suffered surgical complications because your Chicago doctor was negligent, then you can file a medical malpractice claim. At Lane & Lane, LLC, we have an in-depth understanding of Illinois’ medical malpractice laws. A Chicago medical malpractice lawyer from our team can support you through the personal injury claims process. 

Surgery Complications You May Suffer in Chicago

There are various surgical complications you may suffer in Chicago that can be caused by negligence. For example, a doctor may perform the wrong surgery on you; a doctor may perform the right surgery on the wrong body part; a doctor may leave a surgical tool inside you; or, the surgical site may not be sterile when surgery is performed. It’s also possible that your anesthesia wasn’t properly administered.

Understanding Medical Malpractice in Illinois

Medical malpractice in Illinois occurs when a medical professional fails to provide a patient with the standard of care they should have provided to a patient in a similar situation. By failing to provide due standard of care, the medical professional harms the patient.

To prove medical malpractice has occurred, a patient must have another medical professional in a similar field testify and claim that the treating physician violated the standard of care. 

How to File a Chicago Medical Malpractice Claim

If you believe your surgical complication in Chicago resulted from medical malpractice, then you can discuss your case with an attorney and begin the filing process. You must file an affidavit of merit with your Illinois medical malpractice claim, which explains that you’ve consulted with a healthcare professional in a similar field about the situation.

Your affidavit must include a written testimony from the healthcare professional stating that there’s probable cause for medical malpractice. Once your claim is received, the legal process begins.

Contact a Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice claims can be more complex than other personal injury claims in Illinois. The statute of limitations provides two years from the surgical complication to file a claim. 

At Lane & Lane, LLC, we work hard to win injured victims the maximum settlement. It can be traumatic to experience an injury or illness after a surgery. Compensation can ensure your recovery isn’t accompanied by unnecessary financial strain.

If you’d like to speak with a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer from Lane & Lane, LLC about your situation and discuss your case in greater detail, schedule a free consultation. To speak with a member of our team, call 312-332-1400 or fill out the contact form below.

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