Medical Malpractice in Chicago
Patients put their trust in professional medical practitioners with the expectation that the care will be administered with the highest standards of quality. Sadly, medical mistakes do occur because of negligence and malpractice on the part of some healthcare providers. Medical malpractice can take various forms and occur in a variety of settings, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, operating rooms, emergency rooms, and more. When a patient receives improper treatment from an employee of a hospital that leads to personal injury or wrongful death, the hospital itself can become responsible for medical malpractice. In some cases, victims can file a claim against a doctor or other healthcare professional at a hospital in conjunction with the hospital itself.
The types of healthcare workers involved in a medical malpractice claim might include:
- Emergency medical personnel
- EMT Workers
- Cosmetic surgeons
Common examples of negligence and recklessness that constitute medical malpractice include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Errors in prescribing medications or failure to prescribe, and improper dosages
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Failure to follow hospital protocol and safeguards
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist
- Failure to examine a patient’s medical history
- Failure to listen to a patient’s concerns
- Cosmetic surgery errors
- Postoperative lapses in proper care
- Emergency room errors
If you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to damages. Medical malpractice victims can seek to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and recovery expenses, loss of enjoyment of a normal life, and physical and mental pain and suffering. In cases of extreme recklessness or intentional wrongdoing, clients may also be entitled to punitive damages, which are designed to punish defendants for their conduct and deter future bad conduct.
Taking on hospitals and medical practices may be intimidating. A qualified medical malpractice lawyer can help ensure a victim receives fair compensation for their suffering and losses. Taking legal action not only helps injured victims in the recovery of damages but also helps ensure that the same types of medical malpractice incidents do not reoccur in the future.
The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Cooney & Conway, LLP. can help injured victims receive appropriate compensation for damage done by a healthcare professional to whom they entrusted their care and well-being. While it may not always be possible to reverse a medical error, it is possible to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions. Please contact the Medical Malpractice experts at Cooney & Conway, LLP. for a free consultation to understand your legal rights.