Were you injured, or was a loved one killed, as a result of a medical mistake in Evanston, Illinois?
If so, our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers are here to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your serious injuries or the loss of a loved one. We have represented victims throughout the Chicago area in all types of medical negligence lawsuits, and understand that you probably have a lot of questions. We have tried to answer the most common questions for you below.
After reading over these FAQs, if you feel you have a medical malpractice lawsuit, or have any additional questions about the legal process, do not hesitate to email a lawyer or to call us at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417.
What is a medical malpractice lawsuit?
A medical malpractice lawsuit is legal action taken against a medical professional (doctor, nurse, dentist, nursing home staff member, etc.) whose actions caused a patient to suffer avoidable injuries or even death. Medical malpractice lawsuits come in many forms, but some common issues include, a missed or wrong diagnosis, a wrongly administered prescription medication, a misread x-ray, or negligence care at a nursing home or hospital.
These lawsuits are a way for victims to hold wrongdoers accountable for their mistakes. They also help victims receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages such as medical bills, wage loss, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Who can file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
The injured person can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you are the family member of a person who died as a result of a medical error, then you can file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. Also, if you are the parent or legal guardian of a child that was injured by a medical mistake, then you can file a lawsuit on their behalf.
What are the time limitations for filing a medical negligence lawsuit in Illinois?
The statute of limitations, or time limit for filing a lawsuit, can vary, so it is always best to talk to a medical malpractice lawyer (www.levinperconti.com) as soon as you feel like you might have a potential suit. Generally, a lawsuit must be filed within two years from when the injury is discovered or when it reasonably should have been noticed. For a child that was injured, the time limit is longer, and the lawsuit can be filed up to eight years after the injury as long as the child is under the age of 22 when the suit is filed. A Illinois wrongful death lawsuit must be brought within two years of the death of the victim, unless they had already missed the two-year time limit from the injury before they passed away.
Given all these different statutes of limitations, please contact an attorney to help you determine whether or not you may still file a case.
What will a medical malpractice lawsuit cost?
We charge no fees up-front for our services. You will only pay us if we recover compensation for you.
A medical malpractice suit can be expensive since it may result in a trial, and the costs can be draining on an injured victim of a medical error. We want to help all victims of medical mistakes gain access to the courts, so we work on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you will not pay our firm unless your case results in a positive outcome and you receive money as a settlement or jury verdict. In that case, you pay us an agreed-upon percentage of the outcome.
Since 1992, our Chicago personal injury law firm has helped clients throughout Illinois recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries unfairly caused by medical mistakes. We are skilled in all different types of medical malpractice issues and have proudly recovered over $380 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. For more information, view our track record of successful medical malpractice cases.
If you are a resident of Evanston, Illinois and feel that you have a medical malpractice claim against someone, please do not hesitate to email an attorney or call us at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417 today for a completely free and private consultation with an experienced injury lawyer.
Evanston, Illinois is part of Cook County and is located about 10 miles north of downtown Chicago. As of 2003, the town had a population of close to 75,000. Evanston is home to many large businesses and schools, including Northwestern University. Evanston is also home to many hospitals and health care facilities, two of which are in the top ten largest employers of Evanston. North Shore University Health System employis 3,780 people and Saint Francis Hospital employs 1,649 people. Additionally, residents of Evanston have easy access to a wide network of Chicago hospitals, clinics and physicians.