Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Helping Those Injured Due to Medical Malpractice Recover Their Entitled Compensation
When we go to the hospital, or any other type of healthcare facility, we do it because we are suffering and need help. While we are there, we place our trust and confidence in the medical professionals treating us. Like airline pilots, those in the medical field have little to no room for error. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen, and it is generally the patients who pay the price for those errors with their health and, in some cases, their lives.
Medical malpractice claims are about salvaging the lives and futures of victims and their families. In the aftermath of suffering an injury or illness because of a medical error, victims’ lives are often ruined. They may have suffered permanent injury, be saddled with a mountain of hospital bills, face the prospect of needing medical assistance the rest of their lives, and could be unable to physically continue working fulltime or at all. For many victims, a medical malpractice claim is their only option for holding those responsible for their situation accountable, including:
- Making sure that individual or institution does not do this to someone else.
- Securing the compensation they need for hospital bills, future medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
If a victim of medical malpractice is incapacitated or dies because of the incident, their family may be able to pursue a claim on their behalf.
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Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
Just as there are a wide range of medical procedures, there are several types of medical malpractice claims. A few of the most common medical malpractice claims include the following:
- Hospital infections
- Delayed diagnosis
- Anesthesia errors
- Lab testing and diagnostic errors
- Surgical errors
- Failure to treat
- Medication errors
- Failure to follow-up
- Birth injuries
- Procedural errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Prescription drug errors
How to File a Medical Malpractice Claim
Filing a medical malpractice claim is an extremely complex undertaking. However, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can guide you through every step of the claims process, including:
- Consultation – Your first meeting with a medical malpractice lawyer is very important. You will be able to discuss your injuries and the reasons why you believe they were the result of medical malpractice. The attorney will be able to review the details of your situation, determine if you have grounds for a case, and advise you on available options and next steps. In addition, the lawyer will be able to review the date of the incident or incidents and determine whether you’re still within the statute of limitations to file a claim.
- Investigation – If you and your attorney decide to pursue a claim, the next step will be to conduct of thorough investigation. This will involve gathering and reviewing medical records and any other evidence. Your attorney may bring in medical experts to review your case. They will be able to determine if any standards of care were violated, and if so, how those violations may have led to your injury. The results of this investigation will help determine the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
- Witnesses – This will include any witnesses to the actual incident who can support your claim as well as expert witnesses who can back your case. The expert witnesses will be given the details of your case, so that they can prepare expert opinions that support your claim.
- Pre-Trial – During this phase, both the prosecution and the defense will continue to gather evidence, conduct depositions, and file and respond to any legal issues that arise.
- Settlement Negotiations – In some cases, during the pre-trial period, one side or the other will reach out with a settlement offer. The attorneys for both sides will generally handle settlement negotiations. If an agreement can be reached that both sides find reasonable and fair, then a trial may be avoided. However, if the sides cannot agree to a settlement, the trial will proceed as planned.
- Trial – Some trials involve a jury while others only involve a judge. Either way, your attorney will make sure they and you are prepared for the trial and any of the opposition’s defense strategies.
- Appeals – The trial will generally either conclude in a verdict in favor of the prosecution or defense, or in a mistrial if the jury cannot decide. If a verdict is reached, the side that loses, may try to appeal the verdict. In some cases, this can lead to a verdict being adjusted or a new trial.
Whether a new trial is granted because of an appeal or not, eventually, your case will end. Most likely, your case will end in either a settlement or a final verdict. If there’s a settlement or the trial ends with a verdict in your favor, you will be awarded compensation. If your claim ends in a settlement, you may be asked to sign an agreement releasing the defendant from future liability. That means that if your condition gets worse, you cannot sue them for more compensation, and that if your condition improves, you do not have to return any portion of the compensation you received.
Schedule a Free Confidential Consultation with an Experienced Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney
When it comes to medical malpractice claims, there is no time to waste. Victims and their families need to take their concerns to an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible after the incident. In some cases, there are statutes of limitation that may prevent them from filing a lawsuit after a specific deadline. Also, evidence of the incident needs to be gathered soon or it could be lost. In addition, key witnesses need to be identified and found early on, because that becomes more difficult to do as time goes by.
At Pissetzky Law LLC, we understand how medical malpractice cases work down to the last detail. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers realize what is at stake for victims and their families and understand that time is of the essence. We have been protecting the rights of medical malpractice victims and their families for over 20 years. Our medical malpractice attorneys have a history of successfully securing favorable outcomes for our clients, including recovering the compensation they need for hospital bills, future medical expenses, job loss, and pain and suffering.
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