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
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 can help injured victims receive appropriate compensation for damage done by a healthcare professional to whom they entrusted their care and wellbeing. 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](/contact-us) the Medical Malpractice experts at Cooney & Conway for a free consultation to understand your legal rights.
Patients depend on the proper dispensing of their prescription medication every day. Mistakes by medical professionals including doctors and pharmacists, who both prescribe and fill medications, can cause great physical harm or even death. Those who have suffered due to errors involving prescriptions being administered by others can file a personal injury claim to recover monetary damages.
Like doctors, pharmacists are held to a high standard when it comes to duty of care. Medical professionals who dispense prescription medication are required to provide the correct medications, the proper and prescribed dosages, and accurate instructions to patients whose prescriptions are filled. When proper care is not executed and someone gets hurt, medical professionals can be held legally liable for the mistake.
Errors in the dispensing of prescription medication which causes harm to the patient is considered a form of medical malpractice. Anyone involved in the process of prescribing or dispensing of medicine can be held liable for the mistake and deemed responsible for damages incurred as a result. Healthcare professionals who could be found at fault for prescription errors include:
- Drug manufacturers
- Hospital personnel
Prescription errors are easily preventable, and most medication errors are caused by a failure to follow safety precautions and procedures put in place to prevent mistakes from happening. Common clerical mistakes and a lack of attention to detail in the prescribing and dispensing of prescription medication can lead to serious harm for the patient taking the drugs. Some common examples of medical malpractice in prescribing medication include:
- Administering the wrong dosage
- Administering the wrong medication
- Giving medication that, when combined with existing medications, causes injury
- Failing to warn you about drug side effects
- Confusing medicines with similar names
- Prescribing or giving medicine without properly reviewing your medical history
- Mislabeling medication
- Failing to ask you about any medication allergies you have
- Failing to communicate any errors caused by a doctor’s bad handwriting
If you or a loved one has been adversely affected due to negligence in the prescribing, transcribing, or distribution of prescription medication, you need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney from Cooney & Conway to determine cause and liability and help get you the financial compensation you deserve. Call our impressive team of legal professionals toll free at 800-322-5573, or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form located on this page and we will promptly respond to your inquiry.
For many, going to the dentist is an anxiety-filled experience fraught with the possibility of pain and discomfort, even in the best of circumstances. Dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, and dental assistants are required by law to meet a certain medical standard of care for patients in the dentist’s chair. When that standard of care is breached due to negligence or malpractice, patients can suffer serious injuries in their mouth and other areas of the body. An experienced dental malpractice lawyer at Cooney & Conway can help seek justice and compensation for victims of this type of medical malpractice.
Dental malpractice occurs when treatment falls below an acceptable medical standard of care or a dental professional acts in a negligent or reckless manner during a procedure, causing injury or death to the patient. Dental malpractice cases may involve:
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Oral surgery
- Root canals
- Teeth extractions
Dental patients who have suffered due to an error made during treatment and families who have lost a loved one as a result of a poorly executed dental procedure should not be held responsible for damages or expenses incurred as a result. Nobody expects to sustain a life-altering injury when they go to the dentist, and when things do not go as planned victims of dental malpractice and negligence deserve to be financially compensated for subsequent expenses and suffering.
As with any other medical malpractice lawsuit, a dental malpractice claim requires intensive investigation, research, and consultations with qualified experts in the field. Dental patients who suffer injuries or the family members of those who die due to an incident of dental malpractice deserve to be compensated by the responsible party or parties. An impressive team of personal injury litigators at Cooney & Conway will work to get the compensation victims and their loved ones are entitled to under the law.
Contact the experts at Cooney & Conway today toll free at 800-322-5573 for a free consultation about your Chicago dental malpractice case.
Cooney & Conway specializes in representing clients with claims of professional negligence against lawyers, accountants, and other professionals. A professional is defined as someone considered to be an expert in their area of concentration with skills in the services provided.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional does, or fails to do, something a reasonably-careful professional would and the client suffers harm as a result. A claim may be filed against any professional, including:
- Financial advisors
- Insurance brokers
- IT professionals
- Professional trustees
Professional negligence cases have been on the rise in recent years due to an increase in public reliance on professional advice and a heightened awareness of legal rights.
Contact Cooney & Conway today to speak with a professional negligence attorney. Call toll free at 800-322-5573 if you or a loved one has been affected by the negligence of a trusted professional. Or simply fill out the Case Evaluation form below and we will respond shortly.