Medical Malpractice Claims In Illinois
If you were injured or a loved one lost their life because of medical negligence, seeking legal advice is the next step you should take. The sooner you contact a lawyer after suspecting that a medical care provider caused you harm by failing to care for you properly, the more likely it is that answers will be discoverable.
At Marker & Crannell in Naperville and Aurora, we help many residents of Illinois as well as visitors by evaluating potential medical malpractice claims and recommending their next best courses of action. With more than 35 combined years of experience, we are skilled and equipped to give your concerns the full attention they deserve after a medically related injury.
Medical Malpractice: A Brief Definition And Examples
Doctors and other health care professionals are responsible for following acceptable standards of care of patients. When they breach those standards and patients suffer as a result, medical malpractice may have occurred.
We often hear from patients and patient’s family members who have suffered injuries because of medical negligence, such as the following:
- Birth injuries caused by defective prenatal care, a failure to perform a timely C-section or another wrongdoing
- Diagnostic errors, including delayed diagnosis, failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Surgical errors, such as operating on wrong body parts or leaving foreign objects in patients’ bodies
- Emergency room (ER) errors
- Pharmaceutical errors (medication errors)
Once the injury and negligence have become clear to a knowledgeable legal professional, the next phase of a medical malpractice case will be to prepare to file a claim. The defendant might be a doctor, pharmacist, nurse, pharmacy or hospital, to name a few possibilities.
Filing A Medical Malpractice Claim
After documenting that standards of care for a patient have been breached, causing injury or death, a medical malpractice attorney will need to meet the deadline for filing a lawsuit. The statutes of limitations or deadlines for filing claims are within:
- Two years after discovering evidence of misconduct
- Four years after a medical error occurred
- Eight years or until age 22 if the patient was a minor
Since 2010, there have been no damage caps for patients whose claims are successful. Our lawyers work hard to maximize our clients’ recoveries.
Get The Conversation Started
Contact our law firm to learn more about how to prove and bring a medical malpractice or dental malpractice claim in Illinois. We have more than 35 combined years of experience in personal injury law and have helped many inquirers and clients find justice and relief.
To have your name added to our consultation calendar, please call 630-912-6009 or send an email inquiry to schedule a free consultation after suffering injuries because of a surgical error, medication error, ER error or another type of malpractice. If you wish like to bypass the initial intake process, you have the option to complete this form prior to our meeting.