Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Medical Negligence Cases in Chicago and Dyer

Each year, most Americans will make a trip to the doctor's office. For some, the trip may be as simple as a routine flu shot; for others, the trip may be for an emergency medical situation or treatment of an ongoing illness. Regardless of the reason, patients put their trust in their physician's hands and trust that they will comply with a high standard of care in rendering treatment to their patients. But what happens when a trip to the doctor makes for more complications or leaves you with an injury? You need to turn your trust to Pavich Law Group, P.C.

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine reported that medical errors in hospitals kill as many as 98,000 people her year. That staggering number can be enough to rise concern in some individuals. According to the same report, deaths due to medical errors were the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. There is no question that a serious concern for all Americans needs to be their healthcare provider and the trust that they implement in them. If you are a victim of medical negligence, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries from your healthcare provider, and a Chicago personal injury attorney from our team would be proud to assist you.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice in Chicago

Medical negligence can occur in a variety of situations, and the impact on victims' lives is often devastating. Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits can be brought against any type of negligent medical professional, including doctors, surgeons, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, EMTs, and nursing home staff members. Although each incident is different, medical malpractice cases typically fall into three main categories:

  • Improper treatment: If your physician treated you in a way that another other competent physician would not have, you main be the victim of medical malpractice. Similarly, you may also be a victim of malpractice if the physician chose the appropriate type of treatment for your situation but administered this treatment incorrectly.
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose: If your doctor incorrectly diagnosed your injury or illness or if they failed to diagnose a condition that would have been discovered and correctly diagnosed by another competent medical professional, they may be guilty of malpractice.
  • Failure to warn of possible risks: Medical professionals have a duty to warn their patients of any known risks of a procedure or course of treatment, also referred to as the duty of informed consent. If you were not properly warned of the potential risks and would not have elected to have the procedure done had you been fully informed, your physician may be liable for committing medical malpractice.

Grounds for a Medical Malpractice Claim

In order to seek compensation and hold the physician liable for your injuries or illness, you must first be able to prove that medical malpractice occurred. To prove that you were the victim of malpractice, your attorney must show that:

  1. There was an established doctor-patient relationship. You must prove that you hired the physician in question and that they in turn agreed to be hired by you. It is easy to show that a doctor-patient relationship existed if you were visiting the doctor and being treated, but it is harder to prove that this relationship was established if you were harmed in some way by a consulting physician who did not directly treat you.
  2. The doctor acted negligently. A physician is not guilty of malpractice simply because you were dissatisfied with the treatment or your results; rather, the doctor must have been negligent in your diagnosis or treatment. Your attorney must be able to prove that your physician caused you harm because they did not act as a competent doctor in the same situation would have acted. In order to help show that negligence occurred, your attorney will most likely need to present the testimony of a medical expert to explain what standards of care are considered skillful and careful in situations similar to yours.
  3. Your injuries were caused by the doctor's negligence. Because medical malpractice cases often involve patients who were already ill or injured, you will need to prove that it was the physician's negligence that caused you harm, not your preexisting condition. To hold your doctor liable for malpractice, your attorney must show that more likely than not it was the doctor's negligence that directly caused you harm.
  4. Your injury resulted in specific damages. Even if it is obvious that your physician acted in a negligent manner, you cannot hold them liable for medical malpractice unless their behavior directly caused you harm. Some examples of specific damages victims sustain include:
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Additional medical costs caused by the negligence
  • Missed wages
  • Lost future earning capacity

If you believe you have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim, it is important that you speak with a skilled Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your rights and options to pursue justice.

Help for Medical Malpractice Claims in Illinois

When you work with Pavich Law Group, P.C. you will be working with attorneys who have over 70 years of combined legal experience in helping their clients obtain the highest level of compensation available to them. We evaluate each case individually and help you determine what course of action is best to take. Our firm offers free case evaluations to all potential clients to help ensure the best possible outcome of your case. Contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated and reputable Chicago personal injury attorney.