Chicago Medical Negligence and Birth Injury Lawyer
Medical negligence or malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider – a doctor, nurse, dentist, psychiatrist, podiatrist, hospital or hospital worker – whose performance or duties departs from a standard of care of those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient. Medical negligence can result from a failure to act or from acting improperly.
If you were or a loved one sustained injury due to the negligence of a medical professional, schedule a free consultation with the law firm of Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. Contact us online or call 877-930-2551.
Medical Negligence Frequently Asked Questions
You put all your trust into your health care providers, expecting a certain standard of care. When a mistake or act of carelessness happens, you deserve to seek compensation for the harm it caused. Below, we have answered some frequently asked medical negligence and malpractice questions.
What is negligence?
Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care, or a failure to use the same degree of care that a reasonably prudent person (i.e. doctor) would use under same or similar circumstances.
Some types of medical negligence may be:
- Delay in diagnosis
- Missed diagnosis
- Surgical and/or anesthesia error
- Improper consent before a procedure
- Birth injury, including cerebral palsy and brain damage
Who can be held liable for medical malpractice?
Medical negligence claims do not only fall on the doctor. Any medical professional can be found liable for medical malpractice, including doctors, surgeons, nurses, assistants, hospitals, dentists and anesthesiologists.
What if I signed a consent form, can I still recover damages?
You can still recover damages for medical negligence even if you signed a consent form. A consent form does not give the medical professional permission to act negligently. We can help you establish that your doctor or provider did not meet the standard of care and caused an injury as a result.
Do you need a medical malpractice lawyer?
A medical malpractice lawyer can help you manage the legal side of your injury so you can focus on recovery. These cases can often get complicated due to the many parties that are often involved. We can help you manage your case, deal with court filings and handle a detailed investigation.
How do you choose a medical malpractice attorney?
Choosing the right attorney to help you with your medical malpractice case is essential. When selecting an attorney, one of the most important things you need to consider is if they have significant medical malpractice experience. Having extensive experience with medical malpractice can make your case run smoothly as they will be more familiar with the process.
How much is a medical malpractice case worth?
How much your case is worth depends on your case’s facts and circumstances. We can help you determine what kinds of damages you may be eligible for depending on the facts of your case. These damages can include physical pain and suffering, emotional suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses and lost wages.
How long do I have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
In Illinois, the statute of limitation states that you have two years from the date of your injury to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, it can sometimes vary depending on your circumstances. It is important that you contact an attorney and get started right away before any evidence disappears.
Will my case go to trial?
Whether or not your medical malpractice case goes to trial depends on your case’s facts and circumstances. However, most medical malpractice cases are settled before you step into a courtroom.
Contact a Chicago Medical Negligence Lawyer
Our attorneys can inform you of your rights and options in holding medical professionals responsible for their negligence. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 877-930-2551. You can also contact us online.