When you see a medical professional for a serious health issue, you entrust this person with your life.
However, things may have gone wrong. Perhaps your condition worsened or someone you love died. You obviously want to know what happened, and who was responsible.
In some instances, you may have a valid claim for a medical malpractice claim. Unfortunately, this is one of the most complex and challenging types of litigation.
There are typically complex medical questions, legal difficulties, and of course, an aggressive defense from the medical professional’s legal team.
To have a chance at winning one of these types of cases, you need the experience of Illinois medical malpractice lawyers who have experience pursuing this type of complex litigation. At VanDerGinst Law, we have experience in personal injury claims, including medical malpractice lawsuits.
What Types of Claims Fall Under Medical Malpractice?
There are a variety of medical related issues that can lead to a medical malpractice claim. Some of these include:
- Surgical Errors — Surgical errors can involve surgery at the wrong site, foreign objects left inside, like a surgical instrument or sponge, performing the wrong surgery, causing damage to organs, etc.
- Medication Errors — A medication error is when the patient is given the wrong medication or wrong dosage, which can cause irrevocable harm. These types of errors are sometimes caused by pharmacists or medical staff.
- Hospital Malpractice — If the hospital staff doesn’t engage in proper safety and sanitation protocols, ignore other requirements, treat a patient for the wrong injury or illness, don’t follow up on necessary test results, etc., then it can be hospital malpractice.
- Substandard Care — When a medical professional makes an error and gives the wrong diagnosis, or makes a mistake with the birthing process, prescribing medication, recommending the wrong surgical procedure, etc., this can be deemed substandard care. Medical professionals have a duty to provide quality care to all their patients.
- Diagnostic Errors — A diagnostic error is when there is a mistake in reading the exam results or in evaluating the patient’s symptoms. Failure to consider all medical conditions can cause a delay in proper diagnosis and the right treatment.
- Emergency Room Errors — Errors in the emergency room involve a failure of duty of care which results in a misdiagnosis, wrong treatment and/or aggravation of existing health conditions.
Illinois Medical Malpractice Deaths are Often Preventable
In many cases of medical malpractice, the patient’s death could’ve been prevented. Medical providers in the United States take an oath to adhere to the guiding principle of “first, do no harm.” A doctor who is negligent means he or she is not following the oath they took. Medical misdiagnoses are one of the most common types of medical malpractice, which can be difficult to fully uncover without filing a lawsuit.
Contact Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you or a loved one was injured due to medical malpractice, it’s important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to prepare a strong case. The team of skilled Illinois medical malpractice lawyers at VanDerGinst Law are ready to help. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.