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Medical malpractice is a specific area of personal injury law dealing with the medical field. These cases are based on claims that patients have not been treated in such a way that meets the Standard of Care. Medical malpractice law applies to any medical professional in any medical field including primary care physicians, dentists, surgeons, and everything in between.

Standard of Care & Medical Negligence

The Standard of Care is essentially a basic level of care anyone should reasonably expect to receive, should someone else be in the same situation. Also sometimes referred to as “medical protocol”, this is meant to ensure all medical professionals behave ethically.

Of course, this concept is a broad generalization that is somewhat open to interpretation, which is why it can be difficult to prove. 

Medical negligence or medical malpractice can occur when that Standard of Care is not met. While these are not always grounds for a malpractice case, here are just a few examples: 

  • Failure to diagnose or a misdiagonosis
  • Providing treatment or information to the wrong patient
  • Anesthesia errors during a surgical procedure

Whether a patient is facing a type of surgical error case or a family member if fighting on the behalf of a deceased family member, a medical malpractice claim may ensue.

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Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice claims resulting from negligence, abuse, or surgical error can all lead to overwhelming expenses in hospital bills, follow up appointments, physical or talk therapy, corrective procedures, and time missed from work. 

Obtaining compensation for these and punitive damages is absolutely necessary in order to avoid financial ruin. Having a medical malpractice or surgical error lawyer in Chicago will help ensure full compensation is awarded so you can focus on your recovery.

Criteria for Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice covers an extremely wide range of events in the medical field. Some of the most common are due to surgical errors, which can lead to life-altering issues and lifestyle changes. Proving this is malpractice can be tediously frustrating.

Three basic guidelines determine whether or not an issue is due to medical malpractice. All three of these criteria must be met in order for a case to qualify.

Injury or Death

An injury or death must be sustained as a direct result of the treatment or behavior in question. The claimant must be able to prove neglect, abuse, or error caused the injury. A family member may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim if the issue resulted in a fatality. The burden of proof is fully on the claimant, so detailed documentation is absolutely necessary.

Significant Damages Incurred

The injury or death in question must have caused significant damages. Said damages may include disability, financial hardship, job loss, physical limitations, unusual pain, as well as many other things.

Proof of Medical Malpractice

The burden of proof is a heavy and difficult one, particularly without the legal support of a  medical or dental malpractice lawyer in Chicago. The claimant must prove all of the following to be true.

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed, wherein the claimant hired a medical practitioner for evaluation or treatment.
  • The medical professional in question was negligent in some way or treated the claimant in such a way the Standard of Care was violated.
  • The negligence or error caused a medical injury, dental injury, or death, and was more likely than not a direct result of the medical professional’s actions.

It is highly recommended claimants obtain legal representation by an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Medical malpractice is exceedingly difficult to prove, but here at Shea Law Group we believe in justice and accountability. We will aggressively fight for maximum compensation to ensure all financial hardships, injuries, pain, and suffering due to medical malpractice, are accounted for.

Don’t Pursue Your Medical Malpractice Case Alone

The Chicago dental malpractice and medical malpractice attorneys at Shea Law Group provide extensive expert legal support, guidance, and representation throughout our cases. We have years of experience as personal injury lawyers, fighting for justice on behalf of our clients. Our primary goal is to right the wrongs our clients have faced as much as possible and within the extent of the law.

We know what it takes to win your case, and we will be right by your side every step of the way. Let us correspond on your behalf with medical officials, insurance companies and more while you focus on healing and resting. 

There will be full transparency at all times as we explain the laws, statutes of limitations, and the plan for your case. 

Call us or reach out online for your free consultation. The sooner we begin working on your case, the sooner you will be awarded the compensation you deserve.