Helping The Victims Of Medical Negligence Obtain Financial Recovery
Medical negligence causes an estimated one million injuries – and hundreds of thousands of deaths – each year. In fact, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Journal the American Medical Association (JAMA).
If you or a loved one was the victim of medical negligence, you may be able to recover compensation from the doctor, hospital or health care provider that committed malpractice. The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Taradash Johnson Janezic focus on helping the victims of medical negligence in McHenry and Chicago, and throughout Illinois, pursue medical negligence cases to receive maximum compensation.
Contact our office at 815-669-4635 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about a possible medical malpractice lawsuit.
Misdiagnosis And Other Common Types Of Medical Malpractice
If you were the victim of medical negligence, you may wish to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. In order to prove liability in a medical malpractice case, you will need to show that the doctor, nurse, hospital, dentist, or other health care provider failed to comply with the standards of appropriate medical care and treatment and that you were injured as a result of the deviation from this standard of care.
One of the most common types of medical malpractice lawsuits involves misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. In fact, diagnostic errors are believed to account for 10% to 20% of medical negligence cases, with a significant percentage of diagnostic errors resulting in life-threatening situations, death, or permanent disability.
In addition to misdiagnosis, other common types of medical malpractice lawsuits include:
- Surgical errors
- Emergency room errors
- Anesthesia malpractice
- Obstetrical negligence
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
Not only do medical malpractice lawsuits involve hospitals and doctors, but they can also involve nursing homes. The Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines elder abuse as “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.” When elder abuse happens in a nursing home by a doctor or other health care provider, it can also be a cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Signs of nursing home abuse or neglect can include bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition, poor personal hygiene, unsanitary conditions, soiled bed linens, unusual bleeding or bruising, open wounds, sudden and unexpected changes in mood or physical condition, and unexplained financial transactions.
Compensation For Medical Malpractice And Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect
If a defendant is found liable for medical negligence or nursing home abuse/neglect, the plaintiff may be able to collect the following compensatory damages:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Household services
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If a patient dies as a result of medical negligence or nursing home abuse/neglect, the patient’s family may be able to recover money damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact An Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Because there are time limitations on when a medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed, and because it is also important to begin collecting pertinent evidence, you should consult with a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible if you suspect that you or a loved one was the victim of a preventable medical error.
The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Taradash Johnson Janezic are committed to providing top-notch legal representation and personal client service in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. With several attorneys and extensive support staff, we have the skill and resources to handle complex medical malpractice lawsuits involving various types of medical negligence.