Patients go to doctors to seek help and healing. Instead, patients sometimes receive further harm at the hands of their healthcare professionals. Sadly, medical malpractice injures and kills many patients each year.
If you have experienced medical harm, you’re not alone. Over 250,000 Americans die from medical errors each year, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States. These tragic statistics may have become a reality for you or someone you love.
When you suffer harm from a healthcare provider, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. You should contact an experienced lawyer for medical malpractice to discuss whether your experience qualifies for a lawsuit.
At Gerling Law, we have been helping victims of medical malpractice for decades, and we would like to help you too. Call our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys for a free consultation, and we’ll let you know your legal options. Keep reading to learn more about medical malpractice lawsuits in Illinois.
What Is Considered Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider does not act within the standard of care and injures a patient. Any medical professional can be held liable for medical malpractice. You may have suffered harm at the hands of these professionals:
- Physician assistants,
- Nurse practitioners,
- Dentists, and
- Physical therapists.
These medical professionals may have harmed you in several ways. Perhaps a doctor misdiagnosed your condition. A nurse might have given you the wrong medication. An anesthesiologist could have overlooked your loved one’s unstable vital signs. There are too many medical negligence scenarios to list. If you’re not sure whether your experience qualifies for a medical malpractice lawsuit, call our knowledgeable attorneys to get legal guidance.
Do I Have a Case for Medical Malpractice in Illinois?
When you file a medical malpractice claim in Illinois, you have to show that a medical professional’s negligent action injured you. Here are the elements you must prove when filing a medical malpractice lawsuit:
- A medical provider deviated from the standard of care,
- You or a loved one was injured from this medical negligence, and
- Damages resulted from this injury.
When you file a lawsuit, your medical malpractice attorney will gather evidence that supports each element of your claim.
They will also put you in touch with experts who can substantiate your claim. Illinois law states that you must attach an affidavit of merit to your medical malpractice claim. This affidavit says that you have consulted a medical professional who has the experience and competence to evaluate your type of injury. The affidavit must include a written report from this medical professional stating that you have “reasonable and meritorious cause” for a lawsuit.
Why Should I Hire an Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
You probably shouldn’t file a medical malpractice lawsuit unless you have experienced significant harm. Medical malpractice lawsuits can be expensive to litigate. These lawsuits require lots of research, gathering evidence, and hiring expert witnesses.
However, if you have significant damages, your case could result in a substantial settlement or jury award. In that situation, you want an experienced medical malpractice attorney who knows how to negotiate with insurance companies to get you a top-dollar settlement.
At Gerling Law, we have decades of experience winning hundreds of millions of dollars for personal injury victims. You can contact us for a free consultation, where we will listen to your story and let you know your legal options. If you decide to hire us, we will thoroughly investigate your experience, gather relevant evidence, and fight for your maximum medical malpractice settlement.
What Damages Can I Claim?
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you seek damages, which is the legal term for monetary compensation for your injuries. Your medical malpractice claim might include several types of damages:
- Economic damages for financial costs such as medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and lost wages;
- Non-economic damages for emotional harms such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment; and
- Punitive damages to punish medical professionals for their terribly reckless behavior.
Some or all of these damages may apply to your claim, and there is no cap on medical malpractice damages in Illinois. When you meet with our medical malpractice attorneys for a free consultation, we can help you calculate damages for the harm you have suffered.
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Get a Free Review of Your Medical Malpractice Case Today
Contact the compassionate attorneys at Gerling Law for a free consultation. We can evaluate your medical malpractice experience and let you know if you have a strong case.
It is important that you contact our medical malpractice attorneys as soon as you realize you are injured. In Illinois, victims of medical malpractice usually have only two years from the date of their injury to file a lawsuit. Some exceptions may apply to this statute of limitations, so contact us to find out more about your ability to file a claim.
It’s time for you to fight back against the medical professionals who hurt you. Gerling Law wants to help you fight.