Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Chicago
When we receive medical care we are putting ourselves in the hands of doctors and other medical practitioners that we believe are there to help us and are specially trained to do so. In most cases both medical staff and facilities providing medical care can be trusted to use the utmost caution and professionalism. However, there are instances where patients are harmed due to negligence or not provided with what would be consider “reasonable care”. In these circumstances, it is possible that a medical malpractice lawsuit is an option to right a wrong done to you or a loved one.
Illinois Medical Malpractice lawsuits
Even though Chicago is home to some of the most decorated and highly rated hospitals in the country, any medical facility can make errors. It only takes a bad day, lack of sleep or one negligent employee to cause irreparable harm to a patient in their care. In two years time, there were 487 medical malpractice suits filed in Illinois, 367 of those were in Cook County.
Filing a medical malpractice suit in Illinois is not something that is done easily. The Illinois state law requires that any medical malpractice suit must have a signed affidavit from the lawyer who is filing the suit along with a written report that is created by a licensed physician. This report must show that:
…after a review of the medical record and other relevant material involved in the particular action that there is a reasonable and meritorious cause for the filing of such action (735 ILCS 5/2-622, Illinois Code of Civil Procedure).
No medical malpractice case is initiated lightly; however, when there is reason to believe that person may have been harmed due to medical negligence or error, it is the right course of action for many people.
Why Dedicate A Website To Chicago Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice cases are complex and very sensitive in their nature. The idea that a medical professional would harm or maliciously neglect the care of a patient is a strong accusation. Many times uncovering the truth of the medical negligence starts as just a feeling that something is not right or that a medical facility is not disclosing the whole truth about a situation with your health care or that of a loved one. This website is dedicated to giving help and information for those in Chicago and the surrounding area who think that they have been harmed or that a loved one has been mistreated by someone in the medical field. Situations that spur a person or family to consider a medical malpractice lawsuit may be:
- Wrongful death. A family member or loved one has passed while in the care of a medical professional and there is question to the reason for their death.
- Neglect or abuse. A patient in a hospital, nursing home or other medical facility has shown signs of neglect or abuse.
- Surgical mistakes. There were issues or complications from a surgery that were out of the ordinary.
- Medical devices errors. A medical device has caused harm to a patient due to the way it was used or implemented.
- Medication errors. The wrong drugs or doses are given at a pharmacy or within a medical facility.
- Birth injuries. The attending physicians or medical staff harms a child during birth due to medical errors.
Where To Go To Have Your Questions Answered
If you think you have been victim to medical negligence or a family member has been harmed or neglected while under medical care, you probably have questions on what to do next. Our team at Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorneys has extensive experience in handling medical negligence and can answer any questions you have. We offer a free consultation to discuss your concerns and address any questions you have. Please call us today to set up an appointment to talk with one of our experts.
We focus on the following areas of legal practice – please follow the link to find out more about where we can help you!
- Birth Injuries
- Hospital Negligence
- Medical Device Errors
- Medication Errors
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Surgical Mistakes