What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error.
What Types of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Do We Handle?
Prescription drug errors that result in serious injuries
Surgical errors that result in serious injuries
Misdiagnosis’ that result in serious injuries
Birth injuries that result in serious injuries
In all cases, negligence and serious or catastrophic injury must have occurred.
Is a misdiagnosis considered medical malpractice?
Sometimes a misdiagnosis will be considered medical malpractice. The determining factor in these cases would be the ongoing and continuing medical issues due to the misdiagnosis. For instance, if you have a hairline fracture in your foot that is discovered a week after you went to the emergency room, that heals normally you would not have a case. However, if a doctor misdiagnosed cancer as just being a cyst, and no further follow up occurred, you may have a case.
Does Illinois limit damages in a medical malpractice case?
Illinois does not currently have limit to damages awarded in a medical malpractice case.
How do I find a medical malpractice attorney for my specific case?
In the same way you would see a specific doctor or specialist, make sure that you look for an attorney who focuses day by day in medical malpractice. You wouldn’t go see a cardiologist for an earache; nor should you use a divorce attorney for a medical malpractice case. An attorney who focuses day by day in medical malpractice will be able to keep your best interests intact at all times.