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.
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You trusted a medical professional with your health or your loved one’s health. However, something went terribly wrong. As a result, your condition may have worsened, or a loved one may have died. You deserve answers.
The medical malpractice attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. are here to help. We have decades of experience with assisting medical negligence victims and their families in Chicago, Waukegan and throughout Illinois.
We understand the pain, confusion and financial burdens that are caused by medical malpractice. Our goal is to provide you with compassionate and professional legal service. We want to help you to move past this difficult time with the financial compensation and sense of security that you deserve.
Contact us by phone or reach us through our online form. We can provide an immediate, free and confidential consultation and start work on your case today.
When you choose Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. to handle your medical malpractice case, you will work with a law firm that features:
Since our law firm was founded more than 30 years ago, we have focused on helping medical malpractice victims. We know what goes into investigating and litigating medical negligence cases. We have obtained more than $975 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our injury clients, including:
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:
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.
Our attorneys are aggressive negotiators. We know how to work with doctors, hospitals and their insurers in order to arrive at full and fair settlements for our clients. We are also seasoned trial lawyers. If a settlement is not obtained, we will present a carefully prepared case to a jury on your behalf. We also will resolve any appeals or other post-judgment issues that arise.
Our law firm works with veteran investigators and highly qualified experts, including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. They can help us to establish what happened in your case, what party (or parties) should be held responsible and the amount you deserve in just compensation.
Not all negative outcomes are the result of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs only when a medical professional fails to adhere to an applicable standard of medical care, and an injury or death occurs as a result. In other words, the medical professional failed to do what a reasonably careful professional 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:
Medical negligence can be committed by a hospital, doctor, nurse, dentist or any other medical professional. It can arise in a wide range of situations, including:
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harmed due to medical negligence as described above or in any other situation, you should contact an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney without delay.
A lawyer can serve as a liaison between you and the hospital or the insurance companies who contact you. The attorney can also begin immediate work on the investigation of your case. Often, steps may need to be taken right away to ensure that important evidence is preserved.
When you meet with a lawyer, you should expect the lawyer to ask questions such as:
It will help if you can compile medical records, invoices and insurance statements. However, if you cannot track down those documents, it should not stop you from getting legal help.
Pursuing a medical malpractice claim in Illinois can be a complex and time-consuming process. The initial steps in the case will include:
Once the initial investigation is complete, your lawyer will file a lawsuit, or complaint. The complaint typically is filed in the Circuit Court in the Illinois county where the medical malpractice occurred. However, a complaint could also be filed in a federal court.
In Illinois, a complaint must include an affidavit, or sworn statement, from your lawyer. The affidavit must state:
How long it takes to resolve your case after the filing of a complaint will depend on the other side’s cooperation with answering questions and providing documents relevant to your case.
This is a formal evidence-gathering process called “discovery.” In some situations, a court order may need to be obtained to force the other side to comply with a discovery request.
The time it takes to resolve the medical malpractice claims process also will depend on whether the medical professional involved in your case is willing to admit fault and agree to a full and fair settlement of your claim.
In many cases, a medical malpractice claim can be resolved without the need to go to trial. However, if a medical malpractice settlement cannot be reached, you can be assured that your lawyer from Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. will be well-prepared to take your case to trial.
A trial may focus on both establishing the medical professional’s legal responsibility, or “liability,” and the amount of damages you should recover. In some situations, fault may be admitted, and a trial may focus only on damages.
Settlement talks may continue through trial or even after a verdict is returned.
Once a settlement or verdict is reached in your case, your lawyer will work efficiently to resolve any claims that may be attached to your recovery, account for your legal fees and case costs and disburse the funds you are due.
As you consider taking action in your medical malpractice case, you should keep in mind the statute of limitations that applies to your case. The statute of limitations is the time period you have to file a lawsuit in court.
Under Illinois law, you have two years from the date you knew or reasonably should have known that a negligent act or omission occurred in your case. However, in no case can you bring a claim more than four years after that date.
A special rule applies when a minor, or a patient under age 18, is the victim of medical negligence. The minor is allowed eight years from the date of the act or omission to bring a claim, or until he or she turns age 22.
If a medical malpractice claim involves the wrongful death of a loved one, the statute of limitations is two years from the death of the death.
As you can see from the above, much goes into investigating and preparing a medical malpractice claim in Illinois. So, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible in order to ensure your claim is timely filed.
When you pursue a medical malpractice claim in Illinois, you can seek to recover all damages caused by the medical negligence, including compensation for:
You cannot recover punitive damages in an Illinois medical malpractice claim. Different damages may be pursued if the case involves a wrongful death.
An Illinois statute places a cap on the amount that can be recovered in non-economic damages such as a pain and suffering. However, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the cap is unconstitutional.
The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers 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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