If you visit the doctor, you believe that the treatment you receive will improve your health. However, this is not always the case. Patients in Chicago can be injured by their physician or medical staff.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is when a doctor, medical professional or hospital has caused injury to a patient through negligence, or omitting care or information. The law has acknowledged that care given by certified medical professionals should be at a certain standard. When this standard is not reached and causes injury or harm to patients, it can be considered a breach of the law and you may have grounds to file a malpractice lawsuit.

When Should You File a Claim?

Your doctor may make a mistake while caring for you or a loved one, but this alone may not be enough to file a malpractice claim. You must have proof that medical malpractice has occurred. It has to be proven by creating a case using documentation and testimony from witnesses along with medical professionals. There are some things you should have in order to ensure that your claim is successful, including:

  • An established relationship between the doctor and the patient
  • The standard of care provided by the medical professional falls below acceptable
  • Harm must be done to the patient as a result of negligence of the physician
  • The injury or harm that has occurred must be related to the negligence of the medical professional

If you believe that you have been injured as a result of negligence on the part of a physician, contact a lawyer at Schwaner Injury Law for additional information about when you should file a claim and how to go about doing so.

Get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible, as there is a limited amount of time to claim medical malpractice. After you have confirmed that an injury is due to the negligence of a medical practitioner, the state of Chicago grants you two years before you can no longer file a lawsuit and claim damaged or injury due to malpractice.

Examples of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can occur in many different forms. If you believe that your doctor in Chicago has caused injury to you or a loved one, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim. Following are some examples of medical malpractice:

  • Unnecessary surgeries
  • Errors during surgery or performing surgery on the wrong area
  • Giving improper doses of medication
  • Getting discharged from care prematurely
  • Wrongful death
  • Failure to accurately diagnose conditions or diseases
  • Misdiagnosis of birth injuries
  • Ignoring or reading lab results incorrectly
  • Inadequate aftercare or follow-up care
  • Disregarding or not documenting patient history
  • Failure to recognize disease symptoms and conditions
  • Failure to perform or order proper testing

By filing a medical malpractice claim, you may be able to get compensation for injuries and damages caused by improper care or treatment. One Chicago patient was awarded more than $30 million when a doctor failed to diagnose her with sepsis, leading to an infection that spread throughout her body and resulted in the amputation of her arms and legs. Speak with an attorney to learn about your options if you or a loved one has been injured due to medical negligence.