Chicago Medical Malpractice
The Chicago malpractice attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., are here to help. We have decades of experience with assisting medical negligence victims and their families in Chicago, Waukegan and throughout Illinois.
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We know that medical malpractice brings pain and confusion into the lives of victims and their families as well as many financial burdens. We provide compassionate and professional service and pursue compensation that will help our clients to move past the challenges they are facing.
Contact our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers by phone or reach us through our online form. We can provide an immediate, free and confidential consultation and start work on your case today.
Since our law firm was founded more than 30 years ago, we have focused on helping injured victims. We know what goes into investigating and litigating medical negligence cases. We have obtained more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our injury clients, including:
Our law firm works with veteran investigators and highly qualified experts, including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. They can help us to establish what happened in your case, what party (or parties) should be held responsible and the amount you deserve in just compensation.
In most cases, all medical records associated with your treatment must be obtained to assess whether mistakes were made that give rise to a malpractice claim. Attorneys who focus on medical malpractice cases in Chicago can assist you in securing copies of treatment records. Witnesses to the treatment may also be subpoenaed and interviewed.
Medical records and statements must be evaluated by expert medical professionals to assess whether the care was reasonable or the physician was negligent. You may also need to undergo a medical examination to determine the impact of your treatment on your current health status.
A claim must be filed with the appropriate court. It must state a legal cause of action. In Illinois, you must also have an affidavit indicating your records and health status have been reviewed by a medical professional who has reason to believe the treatment you received could result in a successful medical malpractice claim. Illinois Law section 2-622 explains this requirement in detail.
At trial, you must prove medical negligence by a preponderance of the evidence to obtain compensation. The jury will award damages only if you prove more likely than not that medical malpractice occurred.
Illinois law requires an affidavit swearing that a healthcare professional has reviewed your situation and believes you have a credible claim for malpractice. Illinois Law section 2-622 explains the affidavit requirement, which is intended to ensure claims are legitimate.
Unfortunately, it can be challenging to find medical professionals willing to testify against their peers. Working with a qualified attorney who routinely handles malpractice claims is a good idea, as your attorney will have an established network of medical experts who can review your case and testify on your behalf.
Another challenge in medical malpractice cases is that your physician may try to argue that your underlying condition, and not medical negligence, is the cause of the harm experienced. It is important to have an expert witness on your side who can refute this assertion.
Generally, in wrongful death malpractice cases, you must show the physician or care provider was negligent in a way that directly caused the death. You also must demonstrate that you are a close family member, such as a spouse or minor child of the person killed, and that you suffered financial loss due to the untimely death.
Once the initial investigation is complete, your lawyer will file a lawsuit, or complaint. The complaint typically is filed in the Circuit Court in the Illinois county where the medical malpractice occurred. However, a complaint could also be filed in a federal court.
The time it takes to resolve the claims process also will depend on whether the medical professional involved in your case is willing to admit fault and agree to a full and fair settlement of your claim.
In many cases, a claim can be resolved without the need to go to trial. However, if a malpractice settlement cannot be reached, you can be assured that your lawyer from Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., will be well-prepared to take your case to trial.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm due to medical negligence as described above or in any other situation, you should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Chicago today, the longer you wait the harder it can be to prove negligence.
As you consider taking action in your malpractice case, you should keep in mind the statute of limitations that applies to your case. The statute of limitations is the time period you have to file a lawsuit in court.
A special rule applies when a minor, or a patient under age 18, is the victim of medical negligence. The minor is allowed eight years from the date of the act or omission to bring a claim, or until he or she turns age 22.
As you can see from the above, much goes into investigating and preparing a claim in Illinois. So, you should contact a chicago medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible in order to ensure your claim is timely filed.
The lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can begin an immediate investigation of your medical malpractice case in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois. We can also consult with highly qualified medical experts who can review your case and help us to assess why you or a loved one suffered harm.
At Levin & Perconti, we have recovered more than a billion dollars for our clients. We can conduct a free, no-obligation analysis of your situation, to reveal your potential reimbursement for the harm caused by medical malpractice.
However, doctors and hospitals that commit medical errors are often unwilling to come forward voluntarily. It takes brave citizens, with the help of lawyers, to hold these medical practitioners accountable for malpractice.
Health care is complex and, unfortunately, leaves a lot of room for error. However, some acts of medical malpractice are purely caused by the carelessness and intentional acts of medical staff. They might be busy, sleep-deprived, or stressed out, but there is no excuse for medical malpractice.
The mother-to-be visited an Illinois medical provider for ongoing prenatal care. During the course of her care, the provider failed to test her for Group B strep. This is a routine test that should be performed by every prenatal provider, according to decades of recommendations from the World Health Organization, Journal of the American Medical Association, and other medical authorities.
Levin & Perconti helped this suffering mother secure a $9 million medical malpractice settlement against the medical provider. Although the settlement can never undo the damage that was done, it helps the mother with ongoing support for her daughter.
To prove malpractice, you will need a medical report from a consulting physician, under Illinois law. This physician will provide an explanation of medical standards and how your treatment would normally be handled.
It can be difficult and traumatic to cope with incidents of medical malpractice. Our #1 priority is guiding you through this challenging time, to protect and reimburse you for the suffering you and your loved ones have experienced.
At Levin & Perconti, our clients often ask what kind of payout they might expect in a malpractice situation. Of course, this is a hard question to answer, because there is a lot of variation depending on your situation.
If you have experienced medical malpractice in Chicago or throughout Illinois, take action and immediately contact Levin & Perconti online or call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a free consultation with an experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyer.
The lawsuit can begin as soon as you learn about an injury that should have been prevented by your medical provider. However, there is a time limit that applies to these cases, known as a Statute of Limitations. That means that it is very important to contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer soon after you learn of the injury. For example, in most cases you must file a claim within two years of the time that you became aware of the injury (735 Ill. Comp. State. Ann. 5/13-212(a)). However the rules are different for child victims and in a few other circumstances. A medical malpractice lawyer will be able to explain what applies in your case.
We understand that victims of medical malpractice are often placed in difficult financial situations. Hospital bills add up, wages at work are lost, and other expenses mount. It is for those reasons that we work on a contingency fee basis. Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers have the resources to conduct an investigation and pay the court costs on your behalf. We only receive a payment if your case is successfully resolved. This allows a victim to receive fair compensation even if they do not have the money upfront.
Medical malpractice is a type of negligence committed by a professional health care provider whose care and treatment depart from the standard of care required for that profession, resulting in harm to their patient. Medical malpractice can occur when a health care provider does something they should not do, or fails to do something they should do.
Though a skilled attorney can help you determine the defendant(s) to be named in your claim, it is vital to note that whether they are an individual solo practitioner or a major medical group, hospital, or health system, defendants will want to protect themselves, their reputations and their bottom lines.
No law requires plaintiffs to have legal representation when filing a medical malpractice claim, but no lawyer would recommend anyone ever try. Medical malpractice lawsuits are notoriously complex, and they require an immense amount of resources and experience to effectively prepare and litigate. 041b061a72