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Chicago Medical Malpractice FAQs

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is any negligent act by a medical practitioner that causes you harm. This could be treatment, lack of treatment, or an intentional malicious act. Examples of medical malpractice range from a late diagnosis to failure to perform the appropriate follow-up care. Cases of medical malpractice are not always obvious to someone outside the medical field, so it is important that you have your case examined by medical experts to determine whether you have been the victim of this type of malpractice.

Nothing serious has happened to me yet, but I am starting to question my doctor’s care. What should I do?

Listen to your body. If your doctor says that you are fine, but you do not feel fine, make an appointment with someone else. As you are listening to how your body feels, document your symptoms and educate yourself on what might be happening. Visit the library and search online about what tests are conducted for your suspected condition. Write everything down that your doctor says, or have them write it down. Then if your doctor denies you testing, treatment, or referral to a specialist, have them write down the reason for the denial. Then speak to a qualified medical malpractice lawyer about your situation.

Who can be held liable in a medical malpractice suit?

A number of medical practitioners can be held responsible for your medical injury, including doctors and nurses, entire hospitals, dentists, nursing home staff and pharmacist. Medical malpractice suits can be brought against an individual, organization, or corporation.

What mistakes do medical practitioners typically make?

Many of the mistakes made by medical professionals fall into the following categories:

  • Failure to obtain clear permission before operating
  • Failure to anticipate any unforeseen problems
  • A delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Incorrect implementation of the operation
  • Medication errors

For your claim, the court will consider what a reasonable medical practitioner would have done in the same situation. If your doctor, nurse or other medical staff member did not meet that “reasonable standard of care,” they could be found responsible for your injuries.

Have I waived my rights because I signed a consent form?

A consent form does not give a health care provider the right to commit medical malpractice. Your signature on a consent form indicates that you acknowledge the stated risks and complications associated with a given treatment or procedure. It does not relieve a health care professional from their responsibility of proving a certain level of care associated with your procedure. Talking to an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney can help you understand the difference between anticipated consequences of a procedure and preventable medical errors.

Why should I choose Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. to represent my medical malpractice claim?

The attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. have more than 75 years of experience litigating personal injury cases. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest degree of personalized attention possible. When you call us, we will call you back no matter what. Our lawyers care about winning your claim, but we also care about you. We want you to heal quickly from your personal injury without obsessing over your escalating medical bills and time off work.

Calling Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. will not cost you a penny. We will review your case for free and let you know how to move forward with your claim. If you live in the Chicago area and have suffered from medical malpractice, please contact our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys today to learn more. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you pay no fee unless we win your case.

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