Medical Malpractice, also known as Medical Negligence, occurs when an act or omission of a hospital, nurse or doctor causes harm to the person they are entrusted to care for. The hospital, nurse or doctor patient relationship is unique, because it is intensely personal to the patient. This intensely personal relationship fosters a high level of trust on the part of the patient. The patient is dependent on the advice and management of that healthcare provider. Unfortunately, this intense relationship sometimes is not reciprocated. Many hospitals and health clinics operate the practice more like a factory churning patients in and out with quick efficiency rather than practicing traditional medicine. Often patients feel that they are treated as a number and seen as a dollar sign.
Nobody wants to sue their hospital, nurse or doctor. However, when you are injured because of uncaring thoughtless actions in the healthcare setting the law permits you to be fully compensated.
Some reasons that require a Medical Malpractice Attorney include:
- A delay or complete failure in diagnosis
- Anesthesia errors
- Medicine administration errors
- Radiological errors
- Surgical errors
- Catheter errors
- Improper medical treatment and/or
- Birth injuries
Statistics show that as many as 98,000 people are killed each year due to medical mistakes in hospitals. An estimated 1.5 million people are injured per year because of medication errors. Patients depend completely on their medical providers to safely care for their ailments. When the healthcare community takes this dependence for granted, catastrophic injuries may result.
Some of these injuries include:
- Internal bleeding
- Cerebral palsy
- Stroke or CVA
- Brain damage and/or
Medical Malpractice actions are litigated in the civil court system and not the penal court system. Medical Malpractice lawsuits do not decide whether someone should go to jail, do community service, lose their license or levy punitive type fines. As with every other aspect of life, the healthcare system in Illinois mandates healthcare providers carry insurance to compensate victims of negligence. Just like any other insurance company whether it be coverage on a home or auto, Medical Malpractice insurance companies are very good at taking money for their coverage and just as good at finding reasons not to pay on valid claims. Illinois law provides a mechanism to discover the truth and force the insurance companies to pay on the claim. Medical Malpractice is extraordinarily complicated and difficult to prosecute in the State of Illinois. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice you should absolutely speak to a knowledgeable attorney who is very familiar with this type of action.
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