Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Each year, millions of Americans put their trust in doctors and health care facilities to take care of them when they are ill. Most of the time, medical providers provide good, if not excellent, care to their patients. However, there are times when physicians make mistakes and patients and their loved ones are harmed as a result of their doctors’ errors. This is commonly referred to as medical malpractice or medical negligence. The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at SHEA LAW GROUP continue to help clients obtain compensation for damages sustained as a result of medical negligence.
WHAT IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
Simply stated, medical malpractice is negligence that occurs when a person is injured or dies because a medical professional–like a doctor or a hospital– didn’t perform to acceptable “standards of care” when performing his or her duties on a patient. The standard of care is treatment the medical community has accepted as appropriate and widely used. Often times, when a lawsuit based in medical error is filed, courts consider whether the patient would have suffered from the injury “but for” the error or failure on the part of the doctor, hospital or physicians group. In order to prevail in a medical malpractice claim, the injured party must establish that the medical professional or provider did not perform to the applicable standard of care and that the error led to the patient’s injuries or death. Our Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorneys handle cases on behalf of clients who were victims of:
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Wrong diagnosis/misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Failure to prescribe the proper treatment
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries
- Brain injuries
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Obstetrical and gynecological malpractice
- Patient neglect
- Emergency room errors
Our lawyers know that medical malpractice claims can be very difficult to prove because there may be more than one wrongdoer (sometimes called a “tortfeasor”) which is why retaining an experienced medical negligence attorney can help you navigate the waters of the Cook County court system. The right Illinois medical malpractice lawyer can also deal effectively with insurance companies and medical experts.
Statute of Limitations
In addition to building strong medical malpractice cases for our clients, the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at SHEA LAW GROUP have vast experience handling the complex procedural aspects of our clients’ cases. In Illinois, for example, there are deadlines–or statute of limitations– for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. These deadlines are very important and may mean the difference between receiving compensation for your damages and collecting nothing. If you or someone you love has been injured by a doctor, nurse, medical technician, psychiatrist, or other medical professional because of medical malpractice or neglect, it is important that you take action immediately. Please talk to SHEA LAW GROUP before making any decisions about your medical malpractice claim.