Were you or someone you know injured by a medical professional in Wheaton, Illinois?
If so, we may be able to help.
Our Illinois medical malpractice lawyers have spent decades representing medical malpractice victims throughout the state in cases against hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and clinics.
Many new clients visit our offices with questions about the legal system. Most want to know if they even have a medical malpractice case. To help answer some of these concerns, we have addressed some common questions below. After reviewing the information, please call us at 312-332-2872 or email us if you'd like to learn more about how we can help you seek redress for your injury or loss.
What is a medical malpractice lawsuit?
A medical malpractice lawsuit is filed when someone is injured or killed by mistakes made by healthcare professionals, including doctors, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, nurses and nursing assistants. The purpose of a medical negligence suit is to hold wrongdoers responsible in order to recover economic and non-economic damages for victims. These lawsuits also send a message to healthcare providers that substandard care will not be tolerated.
These suits may involve a wide range of mistakes, from medication errors and birth injuries, to hospital falls and surgical mistakes. One of our lawyers can help you to determine if your injury was a result of medical malpractice.
How much does filing a medical malpractice claim cost?
All of our cases are taken on a contingent fee basis. What that means is that we only collect a fee if you receive compensation for your injury or loss. This system allows victims to receive proper legal representation regardless of their current financial situation. The inability to pay for a lawyer should never stop you from contacting an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your options.
Who can file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
A victim who is seriously harmed by the mistakes or misconduct of a medical professional may file a lawsuit. If medical malpractice results in the death of the patient, his or her surviving family members may be able to file suit against the wrongdoer. Also, injured children are capable of filing a lawsuit, but in most cases the victim's parents initiate the legal action on their child's behalf.
Is there a time limit to file a case?
Illinois has a Statute of Limitations that requires most victims of medical malpractice to file a lawsuit within two years of discovering their injury. However, there are many exceptions. Some types of cases, including those involving injured children, may provide for a longer time frame.
If you wait too long, you risk losing your right to take legal action. Therefore, you should contact an Illinois medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights. An attorney can help you determine if you have a case, and what deadlines apply.
Our attorneys have decades of experience handling all types of medical malpractice lawsuits against hospitals and medical professionals throughout Illinois. We are proud to have recovered nearly $400 million in settlements and verdicts for injured victims and the families of people wrongfully killed. We have the experience, track record, and financial resources to take on all types of cases and ensure that proper legal representation is provided to all medical malpractice victims.
If you or a family member has been injured because of the mistakes made by an area doctor or medical professional, please give us a call and find out how we can help. We are available at 312-332-2872, toll-free 877-374-1417, or online at any time. Of course, the consultation will be completely free.
Wheaton is the county seat of DuPage County and home to Wheaton College. The residents of the city often visit hospitals in surrounding towns for medical care. Edward Hospital in Naperville and Central DuPage Hospital are common care facilities for local residents. Also, a variety of smaller medical clinics and centers provide treatment for local community members within Wheaton's own borders.