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.
TALK TO AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY
If you believe you are a victim of medical negligence in Illinois, contact an experienced malpractice attorney immediately. Medical malpractice cases are very demanding and require a lot of evidence, so it is best for a lawyer to get started on your case right away.
Call Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., at 877-975-7991 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation. With offices in Chicago and Waukegan, our firm represents victims of medical malpractice throughout Illinois.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical practitioner makes an error or fails to properly diagnose or treat an illness, resulting in a patient’s injury or death. New studies published in the journal Health Affairs suggest that significant adverse events may occur in as many as 1 in 3 hospital admissions.
Medical malpractice can have tragic consequences for victims and their families. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences estimates that 98,000 people die from injuries related to medical negligence every year. Many others suffer lifelong disabilities as a result of their malpractice-related injuries.
Doctors are not the only people who may be held liable in a medical malpractice claim. Hospitals, hospital staff, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals may be other defendants in your malpractice action, depending on what happened and how your injury occurred.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice takes many forms. Negligence can arise from both a doctor’s action – such as removing the wrong limb – or from inaction, such as failing to notice signs of fetal distress during labor and delivery.
Common examples of medical negligence include:
It is important for you to know that malpractice cases are expensive to litigate, and the compensation you receive may not cover the cost of the case itself. Talking with a skilled attorney can help you determine whether you have the foundations for a strong medical malpractice case against your doctor, hospital, nurse or other medical professional.
The attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., have extensive experience handling medical malpractice claims for clients in Chicago, Waukegan and throughout Illinois. Call 877-975-7991 or go online to arrange a consultation free of charge.