Facts About Illinois Medical Malpractice
A statistic about medical negligence – which will likely surprise most people – is that it ranks as the third leading cause of death in the United States, following heart disease and cancer. Some additional statistics regarding medical malpractice include:
- About half of all medical malpractice claims are the result of diagnosis errors.
- A jury award in a medical malpractice suit is generally about twice that of a negotiated settlement outside of the courtroom.
- The majority of medical malpractice plaintiffs are female.
- About 20 percent of medical malpractice plaintiffs are newborns.
- Deaths account for nearly 20 percent of medical malpractice claims, significant injury for about 20 percent, permanent injury for a bit less than 20 percent, major permanent injury for about 18 percent, and quadriplegic, lifelong care or brain damage for 12 percent of all cases. The remainder of medical malpractice claims are for more minor injuries or emotional injury only.
- Once filed, a medical malpractice case takes an average of two years and three months to resolve.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider deviates from the normal standards of care while treating a patient. Normal standards of care refer to what another reasonable healthcare provider would have done under similar circumstances.
Reasons Why You Need a Chicago, IL Medical Malpractice Attorney
It is crucial that you have an attorney by your side with the background, skills, and experience necessary to ensure that you are properly represented in your medical malpractice case. Your attorney will know which tactics the defendant’s attorney is likely to use – and how to successfully counteract those tactics. The best medical malpractice attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of medicine and medical documents, as well as the resources necessary to consult medical experts when necessary.
Hospitals are a business, and, as such, have likely defended against medical malpractice claims multiple times. The professional in your corner must be just as experienced and aggressive in presenting your case. Your medical malpractice attorney will use his or her skills and knowledge to your benefit in the following ways:
- Thoroughly assess the facts of your case, then will use those facts to determine whether you have a viable claim, as well as the approximate value of your claim.
- Handle the technical procedures and rules associated with the court system.
- Collect all evidence related to your case.
- Ensure that you have a thorough understanding of all of your legal rights and options.
- Consult with you prior to making decisions that will affect your future.
- Successfully present and explain the evidence in your case to a jury, question expert witnesses, and rebut claims presented by the defense.
Various Types of Medical Malpractice
While there are many different types and levels of medical malpractice, some of the most common are:
- Anesthesia errors – Perhaps one of the most common forms of medical malpractice, anesthesia errors occur when a patient experiences unnecessary harm as a result of the administration of anesthesia. Anesthesia errors can be caused by defective equipment, but more often occur due to negligence or incompetence on the part of a medical professional. Too much or too little anesthesia may be administered, the wrong anesthesia drug can be administered, and failure to administer oxygen during surgery or properly monitor the patient may occur. Also, a patient with known allergies may be given anesthesia, or there may be a failure to account for anesthesia interactions with the patient’s prescription drugs.
- Emergency Room Errors – Although emergency rooms certainly save lives and are, understandably, a chaotic and rushed environment, medical professionals must nonetheless exercise a high standard of care. When medical professionals fail you in an emergency situation, the results can be devastating.
- Hospital Malpractice – The hospital where your injury occurred could be liable for your injury, and may be included in your lawsuit. Hospitals must properly evaluate the qualifications of all medical personnel; providing privileges to a medical professional who is unqualified or incompetent can lead to serious or tragic consequences.
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis – Patients’ health can be severely compromised when an illness is not correctly diagnosed or if diagnosed too late. The most commonly misdiagnosed illnesses include cancer (breast, lung, ovarian, prostate, brain), infections, ectopic pregnancy, vascular diseases, and appendicitis. When illnesses go undiagnosed or are incorrectly diagnosed, the illness can progress – this can then lead to further injury, suffering, and even death.
- Postoperative Negligence – Patients must be monitored and receive a certain standard of care following surgical procedures. When doctors or medical professionals fail to recognize symptoms of infection, monitor vital signs, or give detailed instructions regarding post-op care to patients, they may be held responsible for adverse results.
Medical Malpractice Cases That We Handle
At Malman Law, our medical malpractice attorneys have helped thousands of clients obtain the justice that they deserve after a serious medical malpractice injury. The cases that we handle include:
- Birth Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Cerebral Palsy
- Medication Errors
- Obstetrical & Gynecological Malpractice
- Plastic Surgery Errors
- Surgical Errors
Contact Our Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured after a medical error by a physician, nurse, or other healthcare provider, we can help. Malman Law can make sure that you do not pay for the costs of someone else’s mistake. To speak with one of our attorneys about your case, call (888) 307-7068 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.