Were you or someone you know injured by a medical mistake in Elmhurst, Illinois?
If so, we may be able to help you pursue legal action against any healthcare provider responsible for your injuries or the death of a loved one. For decades our Illinois medical malpractice lawyers have worked on behalf of victims throughout the area and we understand that many people who are injured because of medical mistakes do not know where to turn for legal help. We tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions below. If, after reading this information, you believe that you may have a medical malpractice case, please give our attorneys a call or contact us online for a free consultation.
What is a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Our legal system allows victims who are seriously injured by others' mistakes the opportunity to file a lawsuit to recover for their losses. When the person who made the mistake is a doctor, nurse, nurse's assistant, dentist, or other healthcare worker, the lawsuit is considered a medical malpractice case. Medical malpractice lawsuits help victims recover economic and non-economic damages such as those for medical bills, wage loss, disability and pain and suffering.
How much does filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital or doctor cost?
We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no initial cost to you to seek redress for your injuries or loss. All initial consultations are free. If we take your case, all court fees and case-related expenses are covered by our office. We only collect attorneys' fees if your case reaches a successful conclusion. In the event that we cannot recover compensation, you will not owe anything.
This payment system allows all victims to hold negligent professionals accountable for their errors without needing money up front. Far too many victims find themselves in damaging financial straits following injuries or the loss of a loved one. Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys work hard so that all victims have access to the legal system, regardless of their financial situation.
When can I file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
The law has specific guidelines, known as the statute of limitations, which require victims to file a lawsuit within a certain time after learning about the error. In medical malpractice cases, this limit is usually two years. That is why is it crucial that you get in touch with an attorney early so that the consultation, investigation, and other matters can be handled before the statute runs.
There are some exceptions that exist to these statutes of limitations and there are many rules that dictate what event triggers the "running of the clock." Your attorney can tell you how all of these timing rules relate to your case.
Who can file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
A lawsuit can be filed by an injured victim of negligent care by a medical professional--doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, dentists, and others. If the victim is killed because of the medical negligence or misconduct, his or her surviving family members can file suit. Additionally, parents of children who are injured due to medical malpractice can take the steps on their child's behalf.
Our Illinois medical malpractice firm is widely-recognized for our success on behalf of clients. Our lawyers have earned nearly $660 million on behalf of our injured clients in cases throughout the state. Whether it is a case involving a missed diagnosis, a birth injury, or surgical errors, we have the knowledge, resources and experiences needed to handle your case and maximize your compensation.
Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer about your potential medical malpractice case. We are available by phone at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417, or you can also contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you. All consultations are free, so there is no risk in calling to discuss your case and to learn what your legal options are.
Elmhurst is a Chicago suburb split across the Cook and DuPage County lines. The area's nearly 50,000 residents often receive medical care at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. The hospital recently moved into a brand new $450 million facility that incorporates a number of features to enhance patient care and the overall healthcare experience. In addition, Kindred Hospital-Northlake and Good Samaritan Hospital often provide care and medical treatments to community members.