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.
Abuse and neglect in nursing homes has become an issue in Illinois as well as the rest of the country. Families concerned about the problem of nursing home abuse should be aware that there may be alternatives to nursing homes for their loved ones.
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.
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.