When you put your care in the hands of a Chicago hospital, you trust that your care provider and all other hospital employees will do their best to provide you with a high standard of care. Unfortunately, a hospital and its employees sometimes deviate from that standard of care. Instead of getting better due to their care, you may have more serious injuries than before.
Medical malpractice occurs any time a medical care provider deviates from the standard of care in a way that causes injury to a patient. If you suffer medical malpractice in a Chicago hospital, it can lead to devastating, long-term effects on your health. Reach out to a Chicago Hospital Malpractice Lawyer.
At Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, we aim to provide our clients with the highest possible standard of support as they move forward with a medical malpractice claim. If you suffered medical malpractice in Chicago, contact us to learn more about your right to compensation.
Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help Navigate Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Medical malpractice claims can prove incredibly complex. In Illinois, you may have to hire a lawyer who can stand before a review board and file a health care complaint before proceeding with a medical malpractice claim. Not only that, you may have to jump through hoops to establish the full extent of your injuries and the challenges you have faced due to your injuries.
A Different Kind of Law Firm
Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys consists of trial attorneys with a strong commitment to getting the best outcome for our clients. Many law firms try to avoid going to court, even if that means not getting the best possible results for a client.
At Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, however, we have a strong commitment to helping our clients maximize the results of their claims, including, when necessary, taking those claims directly to the courtroom.
Having a judge or jury hear your medical malpractice claim might help you maximize your claim’s results and offer greater visibility into your case and the care provider that committed that act of malpractice against you.
At Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, we have a strong history of exceptional results. Since our founding in 2009, we have received several awards, including notice by Super Lawyers, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Newsweek.
We have helped our clients recover:
- $1.25 million in a medical malpractice claim
- $950,000 in a medical malpractice claim
- $485,000 in a medical malpractice claim
While we cannot guarantee the results of any medical malpractice claim, we continue to bring our best to every client interaction, which puts us in a better position to maximize the compensation we can recover for our clients.
Ease of Access
We aim to make it as easy as possible for Chicago medical malpractice victims to get in touch with us and receive the legal support they need. You can call us at any time, connect with us via our online contact form, or come into the office. We even offer virtual consultations for patients who cannot come into the office for any reason.
Our commitment to our clients remains our top priority as we help navigate the devastating impacts that often occur alongside serious incidents like medical malpractice in the Chicago area. Are you ready to start your claim and learn more about the compensation you deserve? Schedule your free consultation now.
How Much Compensation Is a Medical Malpractice Claim in Chicago, Illinois Worth?
Every medical malpractice claim looks a little different since you may have unique challenges related to your injuries and unique damages associated with the hospital’s negligence.
At Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, we cannot guarantee the compensation you will recover for your injuries, but we will help you break down your losses and put them together so that you can lay out the compensation you expect as part of your claim.
Increased Medical Costs
Often, significant damages lead to equally severe increased medical expenses. Those increased medical costs can add a great deal to the compensation you need to ask for as part of your claim.
For example, you may have medical bills related to treatments you did not need if your doctor misdiagnosed your condition. In the case of surgical errors and other severe malpractice events, you may have ongoing medical care needs related to the damages caused by your care provider. By working with a lawyer, you can lay out all the additional medical expenses you faced because of that malpractice event.
Often, medical malpractice can result in injuries that may prevent you from going to work. You might have lingering symptoms of a condition that your care provider failed to diagnose that prevent you from getting back to work, or you might have a longer recovery due to the damages caused due to a surgical error.
In those cases, you can lose significant income due to your inability to return to work. Furthermore, many patients struggle to return to their former professions after devastating medical losses. Talk to your lawyer about the wages or earning potential you may have lost due to the negligence of your care provider so you can include those losses as part of your claim.
Pain and Suffering
Medical malpractice can cause a great deal of trauma. Most people expect that when they put their care in the hands of a qualified medical provider, they will receive a high standard of care that will help alleviate devastating symptoms. Unfortunately, when malpractice occurs, it can destroy faith in those care providers and even lead to PTSD and trauma responses.
You may also suffer considerable physical pain related to medical malpractice, including symptoms of treatments you may not have needed or symptoms caused by the damaging actions of a care provider.
Our lawyers can tell you more about the compensation you have the right to claim and can best your suffering as part of that claim.
Chicago Medical Malpractice: Understanding Your Rights
Chicago has many hospitals and available care providers, including John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the University of Illinois Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, and Humboldt Park Health.
No matter where you choose to pursue medical care in the Chicago area, you should receive a high standard of care that ensures you have the best possible odds of recovering. Unfortunately, in some cases, you may not receive the care you expect and deserve. When you suffer malpractice at the hands of a medical care provider in Chicago, you may need to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Malpractice may take many forms.
Common malpractice in Chicago may include:
- Failure to diagnose a condition despite clear symptoms
- Failure to treat a condition once diagnosed
- Misdiagnosing a condition despite the obvious presentation of symptoms
- Birth injuries
- Defective medical devices
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors/never events
- Failure to inform
Any time a care provider fails to offer the high standard of care another doctor would have offered, given similar presentation, symptoms, and available tools, the care provider may commit an act of medical malpractice, and the family may have the right to pursue compensation for those losses.
The Statute of Limitations in Chicago, IL Malpractice Cases
According to Illinois law, the injured party in a malpractice case has two years from the date of the malpractice or two years from the date at which the patient realized that malpractice occurred to file a claim.
Failure to file a claim before that date can result in the court refusing to hear the claim and may prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. However, some exceptions do exist to the statute of limitations. For example, if malpractice occurred on a patient under 18, that patient may have more time to file a claim. The statute of limitations also notes that if the patient discovers malpractice more than four years after the date the malpractice event occurred, the patient may not have the right to file a claim.
Fighting for Compensation in Malpractice Claims in Chicago, Illinois
When you file a malpractice claim, most often, you will need to deal with the care provider or hospital’s medical malpractice insurance company. Malpractice insurance companies have extensive legal teams dedicated to reducing the compensation they have to pay out following errors on the part of their physicians. Often, claimants find themselves struggling to get the full compensation they deserve.
At Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, we have the necessary resources to fight against those insurance companies and help our clients get the full compensation they deserve.
Chicago, IL Medical Malpractice FAQ
What do I have to prove to establish medical malpractice in Chicago, IL?
To establish that you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim, you need a lawyer who can lay out several key details of the suffering you had to deal with.
- First, you must show that you had a doctor/patient relationship with the care provider who committed malpractice against you.
- Next, you must show that the care provider deviated from the standard of care that another doctor would have provided, given your circumstances and symptoms.
- Finally, you must show that the care provider’s negligence led to injury or suffering on your part.
Dealing with medical malpractice on your own can prove incredibly frustrating and may prevent you from recovering the full compensation you deserve. By working with a medical malpractice lawyer, however, you can increase the odds that you will get the full compensation you deserve.
When do I need a medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago, IL?
Medical malpractice claims can prove incredibly complicated. Not only do you have to establish the compensation you deserve before a malpractice review board, but you may also need to get a medical expert to testify that the doctor who treated you deviated from the standard of care in some way. Often, doctors do not want to testify against one another, even though you may have sustained substantial damage due to the negligence of that care provider. Working with a lawyer means you will have the knowledge, support, and resources necessary to overcome the challenging legal process.
Talking to a medical malpractice lawyer can also help you learn more about the full compensation you deserve, which may make it much easier for you to deal effectively with the insurance company.
Can I file a medical malpractice claim in Chicago if my doctor did not tell me about the risks associated with a surgical procedure?
When it comes to medical care, you, as the patient, have the right to make an informed decision about each stage of your care. Sometimes, you might choose not to have a specific procedure because of the risks associated with it. However, some doctors may choose not to inform patients about the full risks associated with a surgery or procedure.
Assuming that he will face no ill effects, the patient might choose to go forward with the procedure, only to later end up with significant injuries or limitations related to that procedure.
If your care provider does not provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision, and you end up suffering devastating side effects related to a procedure you would have chosen to avoid, you may have the right to file a medical malpractice claim. Talk to a lawyer to get a better idea of your specific rights.
Did You Suffer Hospital Malpractice? Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Law Firm in Chicago
If you suffered medical malpractice due to the negligent actions of a Chicago care provider, including doctors and nurses in a hospital setting, you may have the right to compensation for the damages you sustained. Contact our Chicago law office at Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys at (312) 726-1616 to learn more about how we can protect your rights. Reach out to a medical malpractice lawyer.