Orland Park Medical Malpractice Lawyer with Offices in Cook and DuPage Counties
Experienced Tinley Park and Oak Lawn Attorney Pursuing Compensation for Medical Negligence Victims
Medical negligence is a growing and insidious killer. Medical errors have become so prevalent, in fact, that it is now considered the third leading cause of death in America, taking more lives than both car accidents and respiratory disease. Only cancer and heart disease surpass its death toll. Yet doctors and hospitals remain, for the most part, silent. Some even attempt to cover up their mistakes, leaving victims - an injured patient or the grieving family of a lost loved one - to pick up the pieces. At Schwartz Injury Law, we believe they should not have to do it alone.
Aggressive Orland Park Medical Malpractice Attorney
When patients become victims of a medical error, hospitals and doctors rarely take responsibility for their actions. In fact, many have been trained to avoid admitting fault. So, they cover up their mistakes with claims that a treatment was medically necessary, or that there were unexpected complications. Often, this leaves patients and their families confused, suspicious, and feeling as if they have little to no recourse.
It takes a skilled attorney to accurately access their situation, one that understands the healthcare industry and has the experience needed to determine if there is a viable case. Our attorney has been representing victims of medical malpractice for more than 15 years. Compassionate and aggressive advocates, we prepare every case for litigation, increasing the chances of a maximum outcome for our clients.
We assist clients with the following medical errors or negligence:
- Birth injuries (including Erb's Palsy),
- Brain injuries,
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis,
- Pharmaceutical and prescription errors,
- Surgical errors,
- Anesthesiology errors, and
- Wrongful death.
A medical malpractice victim may be able to recover compensation for all of the damages they experienced due to medical negligence. These damages may include the costs of medical treatment needed to address an injury, the loss of income while a person was recovering, impairment to future income-earning capacity, assistive devices or other expenses related to a disability, and physical and emotional pain and suffering experienced by a person and their family.
While the time needed will vary depending on the complexity of the case, medical malpractice lawsuits often take one to two years to resolve, or potentially even longer. Your attorney will need time to examine your medical records and other information about the case, consult with experts, and gather evidence. After a lawsuit is filed, the discovery process can often take several months. Negotiation of a settlement can also take significant time, and if the case proceeds to trial, multiple years may pass before a verdict is reached.
A medical professional is required to provide a certain standard of care when treating patients. This standard of care is based on the treatment that a reasonable person with a similar level of skill and experience would have provided to a patient in the same situation. If a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional did not meet this standard of care, and a patient suffered harm as a result, this is considered medical negligence, and the patient may be able to recover damages through a medical malpractice claim.
A victim may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim against a provider who caused an injury through medical negligence. In addition to directly suing a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, the person’s employer, such as a hospital or doctor’s office, may also be held liable. Other liable parties may include a hospital that did not verify a doctor’s credentials or did not address complaints about the care provided by an employee, as well as a pharmaceutical manufacturer that did not properly advise doctors about the risks involved in using a drug.
A patient may pursue a medical malpractice claim any time they were injured because a medical professional failed to meet the standard of care. Some common forms of medical negligence include misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose conditions such as cancer, surgical errors such as operating on the wrong part of the body, anesthesia errors, medication errors such as failure to consider allergies when prescribing drugs, or failure to take the proper steps to prevent birth injuries to a child or mother.
Pursuing Compensation for Medical Errors
Sadly, not every victim of medical negligence pursues compensation. In fact, most medical malpractice awards go to those who have suffered a serious loss or injury that significantly impacted their lives. However, there are victims who initially discount the impact that an injury has on their life, only to later discover that the matter is more severe than they originally thought. Unfortunately, in some of these cases, by the time they make this discovery, the statute of limitations has already expired. Do not let this happen to you. Contact a skilled attorney about your case, before it is too late.
At Schwartz Injury Law, we stand behind the victims of medical error. We fight to ensure that negligent parties are held responsible and that your future and interests are carefully protected. Schedule an initial consultation for an evaluation of your situation today. Contact us at 708-226-9000 in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Homer Glen, Mokena, Bedford Park, and Palos Heights.