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Medical Malpractice

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:

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.

Hire an Attorney to Make Your Claim Simpler

Medical malpractice laws are complex. They involve the analysis of medical records and all tests and studies such as an MRI, CT scan, pathology studies, etc. to determine the validity of your claim. This is why it is important to consult a qualified Chicago medical malpractice lawyer who has a clear understanding of the complicated laws as they apply to your case.

Holding negligent health care professionals and facilities responsible for their actions must be done if you want to pursue compensation and a sense of closure. If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, please contact our experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyers from Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd.

If you have been hurt and you need help, please call (312) 313-2888 for a FREE consultation.



When Your Recovery Is on the Line, Winning Matters

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    Claim against a medical laboratory for the misdiagnosis of cervical cancer.

  • Failure to Diagnose a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Significant Verdict

    Verdict against an internist for failure to diagnose a subarachnoid hemorrhage, causing the death of a mother.


Medical Malpractice FAQs

Let Your Questions Be Ours to Answer
  • 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

Client testimonials

Real Stories From Real People
  • “Kristin was so knowledgeable and guided me step by step about my options and kept me in the loop about my case.”

    - Monica
  • “I chose Walner Law because they made me feel like a very important client and took consideration of my medical injury at the time.”

    - Denise
  • “This law firm was very responsive to my needs and very empathetic about my injury.”

    - Kyle
  • “They seemed to really care about everyone. Jon Walner is just the best person and family-oriented. I felt completely taken care of.”

    - Ray
  • “Walner Law firm was very professional and paid all my medical bills until I got my money. They even lent me money to survive during my physical therapy.”

    - Amy


  • Experience on Your Side

    Our family-run law firm has more than 75 years of experience standing up for the rights of injured people and families across Chicago.

  • Thousands of Clients Helped

    Our firm has helped over 10,000 clients get the justice they deserve since we opened our doors in 1961.

  • A Proven Record of Results

    Our firm has recovered over $100 millions for our clients and is committed to maximizing your recovery.

  • Client-Focused Approach

    We are committed to treating all clients with the dignity and respect they deserve, regardless of their potential case value.

  • An Extensive Network of Support

    Our team of more than 45 legal and medical professionals are dedicated to providing our clients with access to medical experts, treatment, and financial assistance.

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