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.
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.
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.
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.
Wrongful death refers to any unnatural death caused to the victim due to an alleged mistake or wrongful act or omission by the defendant. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed under Illinois civil laws along with criminal cases. However, the burden of proof for proving wrongful death is substantially less than the criminal prosecution.
In early July, Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago was closed after the hospital's owner and chief financial officer, along with four doctors, were arrested by federal authorities. The suspects are accused of egregious violations that a recently filed civil lawsuit claims led to the deaths of two patients.