Des Plaines, Illinois
Did a doctor, nurse, dentist, or other medical professional cause you harm in Des Plaines, Illinois?
If you answered yes, you may have the option of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys work with patients who were seriously injured by poor care that they received by a medical professional or facility. Many victims remain unclear about their legal rights and how they can recover for their losses. We understand that you probably have questions about a potential medical malpractice case. To help remove some of that uncertainty, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding these types of cases. After taking a look at this information, please give us a call to speak with one of our attorneys to discuss your potential case. All consultations are free.
What is a medical malpractice lawsuit?
The law requires that all medical professionals- doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, dentists, chiropractors, etc- conduct themselves at a reasonable level any time they are working with a patient. When they fail in that obligation, the legal system has processes in place to hold negligent providers accountable for the losses suffered by the victim. A medical malpractice lawsuit is the most effective way to hold wrongdoers accountable because it allows victims to recover compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, disability and pain and suffering. These lawsuit also help to ensure future victims are spared similar losses, because they motivate healthcare professional and hospitals to improve their practices to provide better care.
When can I file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Timing matters when it comes to these lawsuits. “Statutes of limitations” were created by the state legislature to set a deadline for how long a patient can wait to file a lawsuit against a hospital or doctor. The limit to file in Illinois is two years in most cases. However, that limit has a number of exceptions depending on the circumstances. An Illinois personal injury lawyer will be able to explain how those rules apply to your case.
Who can file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Medical malpractice suits can be filed by anyone who is seriously injured because of the negligent actions or misconduct of a medical professional in a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office.
Yet, at times a lawsuit can be filed on behalf of another individual. For example, if a patient is killed, his or her surviving family members can seek to hold the negligent medical providers responsible by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Young children may have a suit filed in their own name, but parents are usually the ones who contact a lawyer and seek recovery for their losses.
In any event, our medical malpractice lawyers will be able to explain the details of the lawsuit filing process to you.
How much does filing a medical malpractice claim cost?
Our attorneys handle all medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis. Under this system you will never have to pay any fees unless/until you receive compensation for your injuries or losses.
For many victims of these errors, an important consideration is their financial ability to pay for legal services. We know that the victims of medical malpractice often face financial struggles when they miss work and hospital bills pile up. We have the resources necessary to conduct an investigation and handle the up-front expenses required to file suit and take it to trial if necessary. In this way victims have access to the courts so they are able to receive fair compensation for their injury or loss regardless of their current financial situation.
With decades of combined experience, we are regarded as a leading medical malpractice firm in Illinois. We have handled a wide range of medical malpractice lawsuits including surgical errors, delayed diagnosis, medication mistakes, birth injuries, and others. For example, we once won a record $14 million verdict against a negligent Chicago hospital that ignored abnormal chest x-rays resulting in a delayed diagnosis of lung cancer.
We are proud of our track record and are committed to aiding injured patients who suffer from poor medical care. It is imperative that all rightful victims receive the legal representation that they deserve for their medical malpractice case. It is also important to choose the right firm to handle your case to ensure maximum recovery.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the mistakes of an Illinois medical provider please give us a call to discuss how we can help. We are available at 312-332-2872, 877-374-1417, or online at any time. Complete our online case evaluation form and an attorney will call you back to discuss your case in confidence. Of course, the consultation will be completely free.
About Des Plaines
The city of Des Plaines borders the O’Hare Airport in the northern part of Cook County. Des Plaines remains well-known as the site of the first McDonalds restaurant. Residents of the city are most likely to visit the Holy Family Medical Center to receive their healthcare. In fact, over 1,000 area residents work at the facility, making it one of the largest employers in the area.