Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Representing Wrongfully Injured Patients
Seeking medical care means entrusting your wellbeing or that of your child to a doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare professional. When something goes wrong with your medical care, it can result in severe injury, permanent disability, or even death.
At Harvey L. Walner and Associates, Ltd., our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardship that survivors of medical malpractice endure. If you are feeling like you have no strength left to fight for your rights and fair compensation after being injured by a medical provider’s mistakes, then please know that we can be your strength. Our team is here to uplift you, be your voice, and pursue every last cent you are owed on your behalf.
When you work with us, you are never alone. Call (312) 313-2888 now.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can happen in any type of health care setting, from large hospitals to small medical clinics. What’s more, medical malpractice can be carried out by any medical professional, not just doctors, nurses, and surgeons. Dentists, psychiatrists, obstetricians, pharmacists, and so forth are all obligated to give you adequate and safe medical care. If they fail to adhere to strict and accepted medical standards, then they put you, their patient, at an unfair risk of further injury or suffering.
Some common types of medical malpractice include:
- Birth injuries
- Cancer misdiagnoses
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Medication errors
- Pharmacy prescription errors
- Surgical errors
- Patient mix-ups
Why It Is Important to Pursue a Medical Malpractice Claim
When you first discover that medical malpractice has occurred, you might become overwhelmed and devastated. You may not fully realize the long-term expenses and losses that you will have to face, either.
Depending on the nature of the malpractice, you or a loved one may require expensive medical treatments just to survive the error. Medical malpractice can also result in permanent disability, meaning you will never be able to return to work. Or you might need lifelong 24-hour supervision and care. No amount of money can replace a lost loved one, stolen years, or your overall enjoyment of life. Yet compensation can pay for the medical care that you need and keep your family’s finances stable while you try to recuperate.
How to Prove Medical Negligence
We need to be upfront with you as our client and say that medical malpractice cases are difficult to prove and more difficult to win. Medical providers are shielded by legal protections and industry regulations that allow them to use their discretion in many cases without fear of an immediate consequence.
However, we also want to reassure you that if we think your claim is valid and worth pursuing, then you should never give up hope. Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers will continue to work tirelessly on your case to prove that medical negligence did occur and that you deserve compensation because of it.
To establish medical negligence, four prerequisites must be proven:
- Doctor-patient relationship: In most cases, you must have a doctor-patient relationship with the medical practitioner who caused your harm. If you were being treated in an emergency situation or just given unofficial advice by a doctor, then you might not have a valid claim.
- Deviation from acceptable care: There is a well-established standard of acceptable care in the medical world that describes what a medical provider should and should not reasonably do to treat a patient. Your injury must have been caused by an action or decision that most reasonable medical providers would have not done in the same situation.
- Actual injury: You must have actually suffered an injury or the worsening of an injury or illness due to the deviation from acceptable care. Preferably, your injury will be recorded in your medical record for ease of review. Without a recorded injury, your case has nothing to stand on.
- Actual damages: Lastly, your injury or illness caused by medical malpractice must have caused you to suffer real damages, like furthered medical costs, lost wages, or emotional trauma. As with any injury claim, no damages mean no compensation.