Suffering an injury at the hands of a trusted medical professional can be a traumatic experience. We want to believe that the people providing medical care have the experience and skills necessary to ensure our safety.
When they fail to meet this expectation, they can be held financially responsible for any negligent actions that have caused patients to suffered injuries.
If you believe an injury you sustained was caused by medical malpractice, there are certain steps you can take to ensure that you get the most out of your claim for compensation. Continue reading to learn more.
Get in Touch with an Attorney
The very first thing to do if you hope to be successful in your medical malpractice claim is speak with an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney. It’s very likely that you won’t be able to handle a case of this magnitude on your own, especially if your injuries are serious and you should be focusing on your recovery.
Once you’ve contacted our firm, we will advise you about what your next step should be. Usually, we will begin investigating your injuries to determine whether the negligent actions of your medical team are the cause.
You’ll need to act quickly, however, as the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Illinois is only two years from the date of the injury.
Obtain Evidence to Support Your Case
Once we’ve established that a medical professional made a careless decision and injured you, we will continue building your case by obtaining evidence that will support the fact that medical negligence caused your injuries.
This evidence could include your medical records, documentation of the treatment and care you were given, witness statements, photographic evidence, and anything else that will help support your case. We will also examine the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life to get an idea of the value of your claim.
We will consider your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, damage to your potential future earnings, loss of companionship and love, and loss of household services when we calculate what your claim is worth. That way, we can help ensure that you obtain maximum compensation for your losses.
Prepare for Court
Once the liable party has been established and your losses have been quantified, all that’s left to do is prepare yourself for trial—unless, of course, the negligent medical professional or healthcare facility has decided to offer a reasonable settlement that will cover the full extent of your losses.
The medical professionals in question may very well want to settle your case before it is heard in court. In the event that they don’t make a settlement offer that meets your needs, however, we are fully prepared to bring your case to trial.
If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice and are interested in filing a lawsuit, consult with a qualified Chicago medical malpractice lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC. Fill out the contact form below or give our office a call at 312-332-1400 to schedule your no-obligation, no-charge claim evaluation today.