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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.


  • $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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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.

About Medical Malpractice

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.

Examples of Medical Mistakes

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:

  • Surgical errors: Media outlets in recent years have widely publicized the problem of “wrong-site surgery,” which can occur when a doctor amputates the wrong limb or operates on the wrong side of the body. Other examples of surgical mistakes include using unsanitary tools, puncturing an organ and closing a wound with gauze or clamps still inside the body.
  • Birth injuries: Some of the most tragic cases of medical malpractice arise from injuries that happen to newborns in the delivery room. The neglect can stem from a doctor or nurse failing to notice signs of trouble or to act in a timely manner when emergencies arise. Brain injuries, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries and nerve damage are common birth injuries that can dramatically impact the child’s future quality of life.
  • Medication errors: This can occur when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication or dosage, or when he or she neglects to read the patient history sufficiently and misses notes on serious drug allergies.  This can also happen when a pharmacist incorrectly fills the prescription with the wrong medication.
  • Failure to diagnose: Doctors who take incomplete medical histories or ignore symptoms of serious medical conditions, such as cancer or infections, may be held accountable for their inattention in a malpractice claim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that 100,000 people are killed annually from health care-acquired infection alone.
  • Emergency room errors: Healthcare professionals still owe a duty of care to their patients, even in crisis situations. Rushing through an examination could cause them to miss opportunities for treatment and aggravate existing conditions.
  • Misdiagnosis: An improper diagnosis can be just as bad as failing to diagnose, yet patients across America have suffered as a result of misdiagnoses of cancer, strokes and other serious medical conditions.

Contact Our Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today

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.