Have you suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one due to medical negligence by a Springfield, Illinois medical practitioner?
We know you may have many questions, but might not know where to turn. Our Illinois medical malpractice law firm opened in 1992, and for almost twenty years, our firm has helped hundreds of injured victims throughout Illinois, including many in Sangamon County.
Below you will find common questions we receive from our clients. If you think you have a potential medical malpractice case after reviewing our FAQs, please call us at 877-374-1417 or email us to speak with one of our attorneys. We will discuss your situation and evaluate your potential case to determine if we can help. All consultations are completely free of charge.
What is a medical malpractice lawsuit?
When someone is seriously injured or wrongfully killed by a medical provider's mistakes, our civil justice system allows the victim or their family members to file a lawsuit to recover economic and noneconomic damages.
Medical malpractice claims can be made against an institution such as a hospital, nursing home, or clinic, or against an individual healthcare worker, such as a physician, nurse, nurse's assistant, laboratory worker, dentist, or chiropractor. Examples of medical malpractice include misdiagnoses, failure to diagnose cancer, medication errors, surgery errors, injuries suffered at birth, and misread lab tests or x-rays.
A medical malpractice lawsuit requires a close investigation before wrongdoers are identified and the extent of the mistakes are uncovered. Not all medical errors or constitute medical malpractice, so it is very important to find the best Chicago medical malpractice attorney who can determine if negligence played a role in your injuries or a loved one's death.
Who can file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
A person who suffers significant injuries because of medical misconduct or negligence has a right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. When someone dies because of medical malpractice, their beneficiaries (such as a surviving spouse or child) may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois. In cases involving medical injuries to children, a child's parents or guardian can take legal action on their behalf.
How much does filing a medical malpractice lawsuit cost?
All initial calls are free, and if we take your case, you will not pay legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Our medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning that you pay no fees up front. Instead, you agree to pay us a percentage of your award if we win your case. If we cannot come to a successful resolution, you owe us nothing. You pay nothing up front, so there is no risk in investigating a potential claim.
There are a number of costs associated with a medical malpractice lawsuit and most injured patients do not have the means to pay court costs, expert fees, and so forth. A contingency fee agreement gives injured victims access to the courts and enables them to hold wrongdoers accountable for their mistakes.
When can a medical malpractice lawsuit be filed?
It is very important to realize that lawsuits must be filed within a certain time period after an injury is discovered. The statute of limitations for Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits varies, but typically it is within two years of learning about the injury or error, but no more than four years. There are exceptions, and an attorney can help you determine the statute for your case. Due to these limitations, you should contact an attorney as soon you suspect negligence to allow time for a consultation, review, and thorough investigation of your claim.
Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Since 1992, Levin & Perconti has gained a reputation as a leading personal injury law firm in Illinois. Our team of eleven lawyers handles all types of medical malpractice lawsuits, and our firm has the resources to pursue the most complex medical cases. Our experience and resources have helped us obtain numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients and their families. For example, we recently obtained a $3.3 medical malpractice settlement against a downstate Illinois hospital for the family of a 52-year-old woman who died from hospital fall-related brain injury.
If you think you have a medical malpractice case, we can help. Call us at 877-374-1417 or contact us online and an experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyer will call you back to discuss your legal options. Consultations are completely free and always confidential.
Springfield is located in Central Illinois in Sangamon County with a population of just over 115,000. In addition to being home to the Illinois State Capital and county seat, the city also has a number of reputable healthcare facilities, including St. John's Hospital and Springfield Memorial Medical Center. The Springfield Clinic also serves the area with a solid network of physicians and specialists. There is one medical school, the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, which is the only Illinois public medical school outside of the Chicagoland area.