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Types of Medical Malpractice in Illinois

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When you receive medical treatment or undergo surgery, you expect to receive the best possible care, including all necessary safety precautions and procedures. Unfortunately, that does not always occur. According to a Johns Hopkins study, more than 250,000 Americans die each year due to medical errors, while many thousands more are seriously injured, including long-term and permanent disabilities.

Many of these accidents are due to the negligence of medical staff and physicians, known legally as medical malpractice. Improperly trained staff and errors in judgment or care cause many injuries that severely impact an individual’s quality of life. If this happened to you or a loved one, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can fight for the compensation your family deserves.

Medical Malpractice Cases

To prove medical negligence as part of a medical malpractice suit, you must be able to establish that:

  • A healthcare facility or doctor violated the standard of care. This is the medical standard recognized within the profession that is acceptable for any given procedure. 
  • Negligence took place and your injury was a direct result of that negligent action or inaction.
  • Your injury resulted in substantial damages. This can be illustrated through medical expert testimony that concludes the injury has caused or will cause disability, lost income, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, expensive medical bills, or diminished quality of life.

Forms of Medical Malpractice

Common types of medical errors at hospitals and other healthcare providers include:

  • Birth injuries caused by improper delivery techniques;
  • Misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose;
  • Failure to recognize symptoms or to order proper medical testing;
  • Misinterpretation of lab results;
  • Unnecessary surgery or surgical errors, including operating on the wrong body part;
  • Incorrect medication or dosage;
  • Insufficient follow-up care;
  • Premature hospital discharge; and
  • Disregard for patient’s medical history.

Sadly, these medical mistakes happen far too often, which is why medical malpractice now ranks as the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. To receive the compensation needed for your recovery and any long-term difficulties, enlist the help of a skilled injury law firm as soon as possible.

Contact a Joliet Medical Malpractice Attorney

At McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC, we fight for medical malpractice victims who deserve justice. We will aggressively seek the settlement or judgment that provides what you need following a traumatic and painful medical accident. For help, call a Will County personal injury lawyer for a free consultation at 815-727-0100.

Sources:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/22/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-america.html

https://www.abpla.org/what-is-malpractice

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