No one seeks medical treatment in Aurora expecting to receive substandard care. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who work in facilities on both sides of the Fox River usually try their best to treat their patients with skill and compassion. But sometimes healthcare workers make mistakes or get careless. It shouldn't happen, but it does, and patients can suffer severe and even fatal health complications as a result.
Victims of these acts of medical malpractice have rights under Illinois law to receive financial compensation. Zayed Law Offices' Aurora medical malpractice lawyers can help them get it. We represent clients in and around Aurora in legal claims seeking to hold medical providers accountable for their harmful errors. Contact us online or call our Aurora office to learn how we can help you.
Zayed Law Offices: Skilled Lawyers for Aurora Medical Malpractice Victims
At Zayed Law Offices, we understand how a preventable medical error can turn your life upside down. A healthcare provider's moment of negligence holds the potential to saddle you with a lifetime of pain, disability, and expense.
Our award winning team of trial lawyers fights to make sure Aurora medical malpractice victims receive justice and fair compensation for the harm done to them by a careless or reckless medical professional. Since our founding, we have compiled a sterling track record of results in medical malpractice cases, including securing $950,000 for a client harmed by a doctor's negligent performance of a gallbladder removal surgery.
Of course, our past results in medical malpractice cases do not guarantee compensation for future clients. But they do speak to the skill and tenacity our team brings to every medical malpractice claim we pursue on behalf of our clients. We fight to win in every case.
We understand the process of pursuing a medical malpractice claim in Aurora.
Under Illinois law, preparing and pursuing a lawsuit for what is known as healing art malpractice differs substantially from handling other types of personal injury claims. It takes the skill and experience of a proven medical malpractice attorney to do it correctly and successfully.
At Zayed Law Offices, our team of lawyers and legal professionals regularly works with medical experts to understand and evaluate our clients' claims, and to prepare detailed certificates of merit attesting to the validity of lawsuits we file on our clients' behalf.
We evaluate the full scope of compensation our clients deserve to receive.
Mistakes by medical providers in Aurora can inflict pain, suffering, and expense that lasts years, even lifetimes. At Zayed Law Offices, we take a comprehensive approach to evaluating our clients' medical and financial needs. We aim to make sure that any lawsuit we file on their behalf seeks damages not just for the past harm they have already suffered, but also for the costs and challenges they can reasonably expect to confront far into the future.
Our team routinely works with a network of medical and financial experts to prepare a thorough estimate of those damages. Through our efforts, we can often convince opposing lawyers, insurance adjusters, judges, and juries to award our clients the maximum compensation available.
We present evidence of medical malpractice with unmatched passion, determination, and skill.
Victims of medical malpractice in Aurora need a passionate, experienced advocate on their side. Someone who can fight for them in the courtroom as effectively as they can negotiate on their behalf in a settlement conference room. Zayed Law Offices is that kind of team.
We're trial lawyers, through-and-through, always ready to step into a courtroom to present evidence to judges and juries on behalf of our clients. Our adversaries know that about us, and they take our passion for advocacy seriously. In fact, our reputation as a firm of top-flight trial lawyers is so strong, it often serves as leverage in helping us settle our clients' cases on the most favorable terms.
We hold even the largest medical providers and insurance companies accountable.
Suffering a medical malpractice injury can make you feel powerless. For many people, holding doctors accountable and standing up to their powerful employers, lawyers, and insurance carriers may even seem like an insurmountable challenge.
But not to us.
Expensive defense lawyers and large corporations do not intimidate the skilled attorneys and legal professionals at Zayed Law Offices in Aurora. We have the confidence, skill, and resources to take on—and win—cases against Aurora's largest medical providers and their malpractice insurance companies.
Understanding Medical Malpractice in Aurora
One of the most common barriers victims of medical malpractice in Aurora face in seeking help is a feeling of uncertainty about what medical malpractice is, and whether they have a case worth pursuing. That's understandable. Medicine and medical procedure are complicated topics, and a bad health outcome doesn't always mean a medical provider made a preventable mistake.
At Zayed Law Offices in Aurora, we aim to make it easy for you to get answers. We offer a free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluation to anyone who thinks they may have suffered harm because of a medical error. Our team has years of experience evaluating cases, and can quickly get to the bottom of whether you may have a claim.
We invite you to contact or call us today. In the meantime, you'll find below some basic information about medical malpractice law in Illinois and the types of errors that frequently lead to medical malpractice lawsuits.
The Elements of Medical Malpractice
Lawyers prove medical malpractice cases in Illinois by gathering and presenting evidence to prove the three basic elements below.
1. A medical provider/patient relationship.
Once upon a time, Aurorans saw just a handful of doctors over the course of their entire lives. Today, however, getting even the most routine medical care usually involves receiving services from multiple healthcare workers, some of whom you may never actually see face-to-face.
A lawyer's first job in many medical malpractice cases is to identify the medical professional whose negligent or wrongful actions caused you harm, and then compiling proof that you and that person (or entity) had a provider/patient relationship. In theory, your medical records should make that a relatively simple task. But records don't always tell the whole story, which is why skilled attorneys will often conduct their own inquiry into who treated their client.
2. A deviation from the standard of care in treating a patient.
Doctors take a solemn oath to “do no harm” to their patients. In fulfilling this oath, they must deliver a reasonable standard of medical care suitable for the particular patient, setting, and circumstances. That doesn't mean they must heal every patient or perform medical miracles. But it does mean there is a minimum level of care they must deliver to do their jobs competently.
Medical malpractice lawyers generally must prove that a patient received something less than that reasonable level of care. That may mean showing that a provider failed to follow standard procedures, made a careless mistake, or lacked the required skill or information to treat a patient, for example. Every case differs, which is why the best medical malpractice lawyers have a detailed familiarity with standard medical practices and protocols.
3. Damages resulting from substandard care.
Not all medical errors lead to medical malpractice lawsuits. To make a successful claim on behalf of a client, a medical malpractice lawyer must identify specific ways that the client suffered harm because of the doctor's failure to deliver a reasonable standard of care. That harm typically includes physical injuries, preventable health complications, and extra medical expenses.
Examples of Events Leading to Medical Malpractice Claims in Aurora
A medical malpractice claim can arise in just about any medical setting and scenario.
In our law practice at Zayed Law Offices in Aurora, clients commonly seek our help after suffering harm from:
- Mistaken or missed diagnosis of a medical condition, which leads to preventable health complications, pain, and suffering, as well as the need for treatments and interventions that should have been unnecessary;
- Surgical errors that cause harm to a patient, such as operating on the wrong body part or wrong patient, careless administration of anesthesia, or mistakenly leaving foreign matter behind in the patient's body following a surgical procedure (all of which are known in the medical profession as never events—mistakes that should never happen).
- Failure to treat a known condition, which like missed diagnosis can lead to preventable health complications, pain, suffering, and expense. Women and minorities, in particular, too often struggle to get appropriate treatment when providers choose to ignore or discount their complaints about symptoms.
- Medication errors, such as administration of the wrong medicine or the wrong dosage of medication, prescribing medications that have adverse reactions with each other, or failing to warn a patient about dangerous or debilitating side effects of a medication.
- Birth injuries to a mother or baby resulting from deficient prenatal or perinatal care, or errors during the labor and delivery process—these injuries may include fetal or maternal stroke, cardiac arrest, or physical injury.
- Defective devices and implants can ruin a patient's life and cause permanent disabilities. Medical professionals who know of these dangers but continue to use defective medical products face potential liability for malpractice.
- Failure to obtain informed consent from a patient before delivering treatment or conducting a medical procedure that results in a poor health outcome.
As we mentioned above, this is far from a complete list of what can go wrong in an Aurora-area medical setting. Speak for free with the team at Zayed Law Offices today to begin exploring whether you deserve compensation after receiving harmful, substandard medical care.
Potential Compensation for Medical Malpractice in Aurora
No lawyer can guarantee that a medical malpractice case in Aurora will achieve full compensation for a client's injuries and losses. Every case we handle at Zayed Law Offices has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and we work hard to give our clients' realistic expectations about their potential for financial recovery.
In the typical medical malpractice case, however, we will often seek to secure payment for the following categories of harm our clients have suffered.
Medical Costs and Other Expenses
The physical harm caused by an act of medical malpractice needs to be fixed, if possible, through additional medical care. Injured patients should never have to pay for that care themselves. Most medical malpractice claims in Aurora include a demand for payment of all past, current, and future medical costs the patient will have to incur for treatment of the injury the malpractice caused.
Likewise, medical malpractice frequently saddles injured patients with additional expenses they never should have faced. They may, for example, need to modify their living spaces to accommodate a disability inflicted by the medical error. Or, they may need to hire someone to help them out with daily activities like childcare or transportation. Any expenses the injured patient would have avoided if only the medical provider hadn't committed an error deserve to be compensated through a medical malpractice claim.
Lost Wages and Income Opportunities
Medical malpractice in Aurora often leads to the injured patient needing to take time away from work while healing. They may spend their paid time-off or vacation days, miss paychecks altogether, or even lose their jobs. Lawyers for those patients will typically seek compensation for any wages the patient would have earned, but didn't, because of a malpractice-related injury.
The harm caused by a medical provider's mistake can also sometimes cause much more far-reaching financial consequences for injured patients. If a medical error inflicts a profound disability on a young person, for example, the compensation due in a medical malpractice claim may include the value of the future income earning opportunities the patient would have had.
Pain and Suffering
In addition to the financial challenges that often result from medical malpractice in Aurora, patients also endure needless physical pain, emotional suffering, and impacts on their quality of life. These harms do not come with a price tag attached, but they're no less deserving of financial compensation. Skilled medical malpractice lawyers will usually seek money damages for the full range of difficulties, inconveniences, and daily challenges their clients live with as a result of a provider's preventable error.
Do You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Aurora? Contact Zayed Law Offices Today.
Our team is available now to speak with you, for free, about your potential medical malpractice claim. Contact us online or call our Aurora office at (630) 348-9513 to learn about your rights and options.