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Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Chicago, Illinois

Medical Malpractice

Every day, people trust doctors with their lives. That’s a reasonable assumption – physicians and other healthcare professionals have a sworn duty to provide safe, ethical and accurate medical treatment to their patients. But that doesn’t always happen. As many as 250,000 people in America are the victims of medical malpractice every year.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

  • $3.75 Million – Wrongful death
  • $4.5 Million – Personal Injury
  • 1.2 Million Verdict; Largest reported in Pope County - (Golconda, IL) June 30, 2014 Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of...

    1.2 Million Verdict; Largest reported in Pope County

    (Golconda, IL) June 30, 2014

    Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., of Chicago, IL and Mark D. Prince of the Prince Law Firm of Marion obtained a $1.2 million verdict on behalf of the family of 13-year-old Brett McDaniel, who was hit and killed by an ambulance while riding his bicycle. The verdict of $2 million was reduced by a 40% contributory negligence. The trial began on June 17, 2014 at the Pope County Courthouse in Golconda, IL and the verdict was approved by the Honorable Judge Joseph M. Leberman on June 27. The verdict is believed to be a Pope County record for an injury or death case.

    On October 8, 2007, Brett McDaniel was riding his bicycle with a friend on Rosalie Street in Golconda, a block from his home , when he was hit and ran over by a Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service ambulance traveling south on Adams Street in Golconda, IL. The plaintiff alleged the ambulance was going over the speed limit and failed to exercise care to avoid colliding with a person riding a bicycle.

    The ambulance was returning to Kentucky after transporting a patient to Hardin County Hospital when the accident occurred. It did not have its lights or sirens on and was speeding. Brett was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries from the collision.

    “The jury’s verdict demonstrates the substantial loss that Brett’s mother, father, and two brothers went through,” said Patrick Salvi II. “No amount of money will bring Brett back. But the verdict demonstrates just how substantial the family’s loss was, and it sets the record straight on what happened that day. When children are around, drivers need to slow down and be careful.”

    [CALVIN MCDANIEL, as Administrator of the Estate of BRETT MCDANIEL, Deceased, Plaintiff, v. MERCY REGIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SYSTEM, L.L.C., a Kentucky Limited Liability Company; and JAMES RATTA, Individually, Defendants. Case No. 08 L3]
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Doctors and other healthcare professionals have a great responsibility to make the care of patients their primary concern and to practice medicine safely and effectively. Patients need to be able to trust their healthcare providers to be competent, with the highest level of integrity, truthfulness, dependability and compassion — following the guidelines of their medical training, licensing and hospital protocol.

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse or other medical professional deviates from the applicable standard of medical care, or what a reasonably careful health care provider would have done if facing the same or similar circumstances.

To better understand what medical malpractice is – and whether it has harmed you or a loved one – please view Patrick A. Salvi II’s description in this video:

Our Success Record

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. focuses on seeking justice for medical malpractice victims and their families in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Our success record includes:

$29.1 MILLION VERDICTerdict
on behalf of a Chicago child who developed an infection that led to brain damage and cerebral palsy.

$17 MILLION SETTLEMENT
on behalf of two-year-old Lake County boy who suffered severe and irreversible brain damage during a surgery to remove a cyst on his throat.

$15.35 MILLION SETTLEMENT
on behalf of a DeKalb County child who suffered brain injury at birth due to negligent use of a vacuum extractor device.

$13.3 MILLION VERDICT
on behalf of a Chicago child who suffered injuries to his left shoulder and arm at the time of his birth due to medical negligence.

$12.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT
on behalf of a Lake County girl whose pediatrician failed to timely diagnose and treat an infection that progressed to spinal meningitis.

To discuss the unique facts of your case, please contact us today by phone or through our online form. Our consultations are always free and confidential.

Types of Medical Malpractice Cases Our Firm Handles

By focusing our legal skill and resources in the area of medical malpractice, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. has developed the experience to handle cases involving many different types of negligence, including:

BIRTH INJURIES
A doctor or nurse may fail to notice signs of trouble or act in a timely manner when emergencies arise during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Brain injuries, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries and nerve damage are common birth injuries that can adversely affect a child’s quality of life and lead to costly medical needs.

SURGICAL ERRORS
Errors in the operating room may include wrong-site surgery, which occurs when a doctor amputates the wrong limb or operates on the wrong area of the body. Other surgical mistakes include using unsanitary tools, failing to identify infections in a timely manner, perforating bowels, puncturing an organ and leaving gauze, clamps or other instruments inside a patient’s body. A Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study found that about 4,000 of such surgical mistakes occur in the U.S. every year.

MEDICATION ERRORS
This can occur when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication or dosage or fails to note serious drug allergies. This can also happen when a pharmacist incorrectly fills a prescription with the wrong medication. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reported that it had received nearly 30,000 reports of medication errors since 1992.

DIAGNOSTIC ERRORS
Doctors may take incomplete medical histories, ignore symptoms of serious medical conditions such as cancer or infections or fail to order necessary tests, leading to a missed or delayed diagnosis. Kaiser Health News estimates that 10 to 20 percent of medical cases are misdiagnosed. Almost all physicians responding to one survey (96 percent) said diagnostic errors are preventable.

ANESTHESIA ERRORS
A study in the journal Anesthesiology found that most anesthesia errors are preventable human errors. They may involve mistakes with drug administration, machine operation, airway management, breathing circuit / ventilation, fluid and electrolyte management, IV apparatus use and monitoring devices.

EMERGENCY ROOM ERRORS
Even in the hectic environment of an emergency room, healthcare professionals owe a duty of care to their patients. Rushing through an examination could cause doctors, nurses or others to miss opportunities for treatment. Strokes and heart attacks, for instance, are often misdiagnosed in the ER. Researchers who studied the cases of 1,935 patients seen over seven days in one emergency room said they found errors in almost every aspect of emergency care.

RADIOLOGY ERRORS
A misread X-ray, CT scan or MRI may lead to the failure to diagnose cancer or another serious medical condition. A study published in BMJ found that an estimated 40,500 adults being treated in intensive care units die each year due to misdiagnoses.

Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serve Chicago and Illinois

The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. can begin an immediate investigation of your medical malpractice case in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois. We can also consult with highly qualified medical experts who can review your case and help us to assess why you or a loved one suffered harm.

Strict time limits apply to filing medical malpractice claims in Illinois. This makes it important to take immediate action if you believe that you or a loved one was harmed by the negligence of a medical professional.

When you are ready to act, contact the attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. We are ready to use our skills, experience and resources to help you seek the justice you deserve. Schedule a free, confidential consultation today by contacting us today by phone or online.

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