When relying on medical professionals for any type of healthcare, there’s a basic level of trust implied in that relationship. Doctors are trusting their patients to follow recommendations, and patients are trusting doctors, nurses, surgeons, etc. to do what’s best for them. Any time that trust is broken, it chips away at faith in the healthcare system.
Even worse than broken trust, is injury, harm, or death resulting from failure to diagnose, medical error, or surgery gone awry. These are terrifying things to think about, but they do happen. In fact, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), one in every three medical professionals will be sued for malpractice at least once in their careers.
When you are looking for a medical malpractice attorney in the Winnebago County area, Shea Law Group is here to help. We understand the physical and emotional suffering involved, as well as the potential for harm that may come to others in the future.
Medical Negligence & Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional makes an honest mistake, whereas malpractice occurs when they are aware of the issue but proceed anyway. In both cases, the patient has the right to sue for compensation to help cover resulting medical expenses, lost pay, ongoing therapy, pain and suffering, and more.
Standard of Care
In the medical field, standard of care is the basic understanding that all medical professionals should behave ethically. In other words, it’s a level of care one could reasonably expect from a similar professional under similar circumstances. Also sometimes called “medical protocol”, if this standard is not met, medical malpractice may be involved.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
These cases can be extremely difficult because it’s up to the claimant to prove fault. Each case is unique, and must be represented with a litany of detailed supporting evidence. In order to file and have a successful outcome, it is crucial to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Malpractice lawyers know how these cases work, what judges and juries look for, and understand the time limits within the statute of limitations.
Shea Law Group – Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Rockford
Our law firm of personal injury lawyers have the experience and dedication needed to aggressively pursue your medical malpractice case. We are passionate about what we do, and we represent clients the same way we would represent our own families.
If you have received questionable medical care in northern Illinois that resulted in harm or injury, please contact Shea Law Group for a free consultation. Likewise, if you are interested in filing a malpractice case on behalf of a family member who died due to medical negligence, we are here for you. Simply request an appointment online or call for your free case evaluation.