Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Have you been harmed by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional in Hoffman Estates, Illinois?
Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys help victims of preventable medical mistakes to file legal claims against negligent medical professionals, hospitals, and clinics that caused their serious injuries.
Most people do not know exactly what they should do when they are injured, or a loved one is a victim of wrongful death, due to medical malpractice. It is difficult to determine when it is appropriate to take legal action, so it is important to contact a legal professional who can answer all of your questions. We've provided answers to some general questions below. After reviewing them, contact us at 312-332-2872 to speak to an attorney. All consultations are free.
What is a medical malpractice lawsuit?
When doctors, nurses, dentists, nurse's assistants, or other medical professionals fail to treat a patient according to reasonable standards of care and the patient is seriously injured, the patient may file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks to return fair compensation to the victim for their losses. Types of damages in a medical negligence lawsuit may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and similar items. Medical malpractice lawsuits also motivate negligent providers to deliver better care to patients to avoid future litigation.
When can a medical malpractice lawsuit be filed?
Timing is important. Like other states, Illinois has a specific "Statute of Limitations" that generally requires victims to file lawsuits within two years of discovering the malpractice. For that reason a potential victim should contact a Chicago personal injury attorney as soon as they suspect that they may have a medical malpractice lawsuit.
There are many exceptions to that two year time limit. Child victims, for example, may get a longer time to file. A lawyer will be able to talk with you to determine the statutes of limitations that apply to your case.
Who can file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
A lawsuit may be filed by someone who has been seriously injured because of negligent care or preventable mistakes by a medical professional in a hospital, doctor's office or healthcare clinic. There are some circumstances when a suit can be filed by a third party who was not the actual patient--for instance, when the mistake causes the death of the patient. If that happens, the family members of the victim are free to seek legal counsel and file a lawsuit on their loved ones behalf. Similarly, parents may file suits on behalf of their children if a child is severely injured by a medical error or mistake.
How much does filing a medical malpractice claim cost?
Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys do not believe that any rightful victim in Illinois should be denied legal services because of their inability to pay. That is why we work on a contingent fee basis. Under this model our firm covers the costs of filing the suit, conducting an investigation, and all other expenses. Those charges are only returned to us if we successfully resolve your case either with a settlement or verdict in your favor. We collect a percentage of the total award.
Some victims are reluctant to file a lawsuit because they do not believe that they have the money to pay for legal fees. We hope that does not deter you from contacting our office. We are capable of absorbing the risk of the system and analyzing the potential outcome of various cases. Call us today for a free consultation.
Choosing a law firm with the right experience and resources is crucial to receiving a successful outcome. It is very important to work with a firm that has experience handling cases similar to yours. For decades, our lawyers have represented clients in all types of medical malpractice cases, including delayed diagnosis of cancer, birth injuries, medication mistakes, and others.
Make sure to choose medical malpractice lawyers with the track record, experience, and resources to ensure that you have the best chance at success. Give us a call today if you or a family member was seriously injured because of preventable mistakes made by a doctor or medical professional. We are available at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417, or contact us through our website case evaluation form and an attorney will call you back. All consultations are free.
About Hoffman Estates
Hoffman Estates is a northwestern suburb of Chicago connected to Schaumburg, Palatine, Barrington and several other area municipalities. The city is the headquarters for Sears, with upwards of 6,000 residents working for the business in some capacity. When it comes to healthcare, the area is home to the St. Alexius Medical Center a facility where many local residents receive treatment and medical care.