Have you been hurt by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional in Palatine, Illinois?
If so, our law firm may be able to help.
Since 1992 our Cook County medical malpractice attorneys have helped victims of medical errors recover compensation for their losses by filing legal claims against negligent medical professionals.
When these mistakes occur, most injured victims are unsure of their rights or where they should turn. We hope this medical malpractice information page helps answer some of your questions. After reading through the commonly asked questions, feel free to contact our office to learn more about how our attorneys can help you.
What is a medical malpractice lawsuit?
You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if a doctor, nurse, dentists, nurse's assistant, or other medical employee did not provide you with the care to which you were entitled. When a medical provider fails to treat a patient according to reasonable standards of care and significant injuries occur, this constitutes malpractice, and a patient has the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. A lawsuit seeks to return fair compensation to the victim for their losses. Those losses may include economic and non-economic damages such as lost wages, past and future medical expenses, disability or pain and suffering.
Who can file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
In general, anyone who themselves was very badly hurt by a medical professional's negligence can pursue legal action to hold the wrongdoer accountable. If someone is killed because of a medical mistake or carelessness, the patient's family can file suit on their loved one's behalf. The death of a victim does not automatically end the legal matter.
When can a medical malpractice lawsuit be filed?
Timing is important when it comes to these lawsuits. Because of time limitations, or the statute of limitations, you should contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as you suspect that you may have a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Like other states, Illinois has a specific "Statute of Limitations" that generally requires victims to file their lawsuit within two years of discovering the malpractice. However, there are many exceptions to that two year time limit. Child victims, for example, may get a longer time to file. Because of the various nuances, it is very important to contact a lawyer to learn how the time limits apply to your case.
How much does filing a medical malpractice claim cost?
In short, nothing up front. Our medical malpractice attorneys do not believe that any rightful victim should be denied legal services because of their inability to pay. That is why we work on a contingency basis. You will only pay us attorneys fees if we recover compensation for you.
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 with a favorable settlement or verdict. Some victims are reluctant to file a lawsuit because they don't think they have the money to pay for legal fees. This should not deter you from calling, because we have the resources to handle your case for you.
Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys
For decades, our lawyers have worked on all types of medical malpractice matters, from delayed diagnosis and surgical errors to birth injuries and medication mistakes. We have achieved numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a recent $6.5 million settlement for a young girl injured as a result of malpractice in a suburban Chicago hospital.
If you are looking for an attorney to represent you, it is crucial to find a lawyer who has the track record, experience, knowledge and financial resources to handle your complex medical malpractice case. You should specifically ask if they have handled similar cases and what the outcomes were. This will ensure that you have the best chance at success.
Please give our office a call if you or a family member has been injured because of the mistakes made by a doctor or medical professional in your area. We are available at 877-374-1417 or online at any time. When you call or email, you will be connected with an attorney who can listen to your situation, evaluate your potential case, and let you know all of your legal options.
Palatine is a village in the northwest corner of Cook County, about thirty miles northwest of Chicago and 14 miles from O'Hare aiport. It currently has a population around 70,000 residents and has seen steady growth over the past two decades due to its convenient location and access to public transportation such as the Metra. Residents of the area may receive care in a variety of area hospitals including Northwest Community Hospital, St. Alexius Medical Center, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.