What Is Medical Negligence?

Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Medical malpractice and medical negligence in our nation's hospitals and clinics lead to tens of thousands of injuries and deaths each year. To illustrate this point, a 2010 government led investigation determined that approximately 15,000 elderly patients die each and every month as a result of medical malpractice. This striking number of deadly errors takes a financial toll as well.

This same study determined that medical malpractice mistakes cost Medicare in estimated $324 million in October of 2008 alone. Often, the victims of medical malpractice will bring a civil claim against the responsible parties. In fact, between 15,000 and 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits are brought each year in the United States. It is important to speak with a Chicago personal injury lawyer if you have been a victim of medical negligence.

Proving Medical Negligence

Medical malpractice and medical negligence claims are among the most difficult negligence claims to bring, due to the complexity of the medicine, the need for expert witnesses and the challenge of proving that a particular act of medical malpractice actually caused the injury complained of. In order to succeed in a claim for medical malpractice or medical negligence, a plaintiff must prove each of the following four elements:

  • A duty was owed by the healthcare provider (i.e., the hospital, doctor, nurse, dentist or other healthcare professional) to the plaintiff (the patient);
  • This duty was breached in that the medical professional failed to provide care within the applicable professional standard of care;
  • The plaintiff was injured as a result of this breach; and
  • The plaintiff suffered damages as a result of this injury.

Understanding Your Patient Rights

Claims for medical malpractice may be brought against hospitals, doctors, surgeons, healthcare clinics, nurses, dentists, psychiatrists, therapists, and any other health care provider that is responsible for an act of medical malpractice. However, it is important to note that, due to the complexity of medical malpractice cases, they can often take several years to be resolved.

As a result, if you believe that you or a loved one is the victim of an act of medical malpractice, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible to determine if you have a medical negligence claim and, if so, against whom. It is also important to note that, in most jurisdictions, there is a time limitation of two years from the date of your injury in which you are allowed to bring a medical malpractice claim.

Hire a skilled Chicago personal injury lawyer for your case!

The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Pavich Law Group, P.C., have the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully prosecute claims of medical malpractice and medical negligence. Our medical malpractice attorneys have a proven record of successfully advocating on behalf of our clients, and we have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients who have been victims of an act of medical negligence.

Contact Pavich Law Group, P.C. today for a free consultation to determine if you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.