Patients have a right to expect their medical providers to handle their treatment based on customary and accepted standards of care. While it is understood that no medical practitioner is perfect, all must be held to certain standard to protect patient safety.
When doctors or other medical professionals fail to live up to accepted standards of care, and the professional’s deviation causes harm to a patient, the patient may be able to bring a civil claim with help from a seasoned attorney. A Pekin medical malpractice lawyer could review the facts of your case and guide you through the legal process of seeking compensation for your injuries.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Malpractice can result when a doctor or medical professional does something they should not have done, or when they omit something they should have done. In both cases they fail to meet the “accepted standard of care.” When the professional fails to meet the applicable standard of care, and a patient is injured by their failure, that patient may have a medical malpractice claim. If you believe a doctor’s action or omission lead to an injury for you or a loved one, an experienced Pekin attorney could discuss your case at no cost to you to determine if your case meets the criteria of medical malpractice.
What is the Standard of Care?
We define the “standard of care” as the way in which a competent medical professional with a similar background would respond given the same set of circumstances. The standard of care will vary based on the type of medicine a doctor practices. To fully evaluate a malpractice case, it is often necessary to hire a expert witness to review the medical records to determine whether or not another physician deviated from the accepted standards of care.
If it can be determined that the doctor or medical facility did not meet the standard of care, and their action or inaction resulted in injury or death to a patient, it may be appropriate to proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit.
A local medical negligence lawyer can consult with the proper experts to help determine what standard of care applies to your case and whether or not there was a deviation.
Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Bad medical outcomes can result without negligence on the part of a medical professional, but there are certainly negative medical outcomes that are avoidable. Things like operating on the wrong body part or even the wrong patient, doing the wrong procedure or leaving a medical object behind after surgery, making errors in prescribing or administering medications, or allowing a patient to be injured in a fall following surgery are all examples of avoidable injuries.
Malpractice can also result from making the wrong diagnosis or missing a diagnosis which causes a delay in, or the wrong kind of treatment. Commonly misdiagnosed conditions include cancers, blood clots, heart problems and infections. Missing these can lead to a negative medical outcome – or even death.
How Do I Know If I Have a Malpractice Case?
Do you have a medical malpractice claim? An experienced lawyer in Pekin could review your case free of charge and can consult with experienced medical professional to determine whether or not you have a claim. In Illinois, malpractice cases should be filed with a certification from a licensed physician stating that malpractice occurred and caused injuries to the plaintiff. We could work with experts to facilitate a review of your case to help determine if you have a case or at least get answers to you and your family about whether we believe there was a deviation from the standard of care in your case.
Call a Pekin Medical Malpractice Attorney for Assistance
If you or a loved one has been harmed by medical error, omission, or negligence, call our office for a free, no obligation consultation. We could review your medical records, consult with medical professionals, explain your legal rights, and answer your questions. There is no charge to consult with us. We are only paid a percentage of funds recovered on your behalf at the end of your case.
Medical malpractice cases are complex personal injury claims. For this reason, not every personal injury lawyer will handle them. An experienced Pekin medical malpractice lawyer is an important first step if you feel you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a careless physician.
Contact us now for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.