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Information required in filing a medical malpractice claim

Few people who seek the services of a medical professional or facility expect things to go wrong, but sometimes they do because of practitioner carelessness or negligence that was entirely preventable. In those events, victims of medical malpractice in Illinois may have the right to file lawsuits against the offending medical professionals. Any lawsuit filed against a healthcare professional, however, must comply with certain requirements under state law.

Successfully representing the victims of medical malpractice

Many people may agree that medical malpractice cases are a growing concern in the United States. Medical malpractice refers to those cases where a doctor or any other medical professional deviates from the accepted standards of practice and that action causes death or injury to the patient. According to the law, victims of medical negligence or their families are eligible for compensation. The compensation may include all expenses related to medical procedures, loss of income and the legal fees. In the event that more than one medical professional was responsible, the payable compensation will be divided among the medical professionals who were involved.

How can a patient help prevent medical error or malpractice?

Medical malpractice and medical error, such as mistakes in anesthesia administration, doctor errors or even surgical errors, such as wrong-site surgery, may cause grave injury or even fatality to a patient. In many cases where medical malpractice has been alleged, the courts have often found that human errors had caused these grave injuries and adversities to patients and that these mistakes could not be termed as medical malpractice and negligence.

Compensation for Illinois victims of medical diagnosis errors

No Illinois resident expects a visit to a physician or medical facility to do anything other than help resolve a medical issue. Unfortunately, sometimes, a patient can suffer sudden and unexpected harm through a wrong diagnosis or a misdiagnosis that compromises his or her health. Wrong diagnoses have even killed patients.

Fighting for the rights of medical malpractice victims

In times of severe illness or injury, Chicago residents place great trust in their doctors and health care facilities. Doctors and health care facilities, in turn, have certain responsibilities to provide expected standards of care; deviation from those standards may be considered negligence. When negligent medical care leads to an injury, illness or worsened condition, patients and their families may have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and recover compensation.

Precautions for Illinois patients to prevent hospital negligence

Hospital negligence is a nationwide concern, especially for patients in Illinois. While some instances of negligence may be managed and corrected with the right intervention at the right time, some cases remain where the consequences of hospital negligence are dreadful for patients and their families. Hospitals, doctors and nurses must work together to prevent such incidents but patients and families should also take some precautions, as well.

Clinic sued for medical malpractice after Joan Rivers' death

Losing a loved one is difficult for most people, but over time, they learn to accept the loss and move on. If the death was the result of someone else's negligence, however, accepting the loss may be more difficult. Fortunately, in both Illinois and New York, when a death is the result of medical malpractice, surviving family members have the legal right to seek compensation by means of a lawsuit.

Medical negligence patterns amongst surgical malpractice victims

Medical malpractice is a growing concern in Illinois. When a doctor knowingly acts or refuses to act according to normal accepted procedure and causes injury to the patient, the victim may be eligible for compensation for medical negligence. Studies have been conducted to assess patterns of medical negligence in order to identify problem areas to stop injury from happening.

The legal options when a death is caused by medical negligence

When a person takes ill, family and friends try to find that person the best possible medical treatment. They entrust physicians and hospitals to take care of their loved one to ensure a quick and complete recovery. However, sometimes, hopes are shattered when that loved one dies during the course of medical treatment. This loss becomes more difficult to accept if is it is revealed that this tragic death was due to medical negligence, either by the physician or hospital staff.

Time limits to bring a medical malpractice suit in Illinois

Under Illinois law, a patient or a patient's family member can file a lawsuit against a doctor or health care facility for medical malpractice if the doctor or provider causes death or injury to the patient as a result of malpractice. To recover damages, however, there are certain conditions that need to be fulfilled in court.

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