When you’re not feeling well, you’ll probably see a doctor to get help. You rely on doctors and other medical professionals to give you the care you need so you can feel better. Unfortunately, these medical professionals can make mistakes that result in injury. If you or a loved one has been harmed because of medical malpractice, you may have grounds to file a claim. A Morris medical malpractice lawyer from Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP could help you and your family fight for your rights.
Hospitals, doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals need to be held accountable when they cause wrongful injuries to their patients. Our lawyers are experienced and skilled in this area of the law and will do everything possible to get you the justice you deserve.
Before learning more about how we may be able to help you, let’s take a closer look at medical malpractice cases and some ways it can happen.
About Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional breaches their duty of care and harms their patient. These cases can be incredibly complex. Let’s look into what components your case may need.
While different states may have their own rules and procedures, there are a few core elements to a medical malpractice case. Your lawyer will know the specific laws of Illinois and will be able to tell you what needs to happen for your case to be valid. Typically, you will need to prove the medical professional-patient relationship, the medical professional made a mistake, and their mistake harmed you and caused injuries. The opinions of other medical experts will be necessary to prove your case.
Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP has helped victims of medical malpractice get the relief and compensation they deserve. Our experienced lawyers know the different kinds of medical errors that can occur. Some examples of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical error
- Anesthesia error
- Defective medical device
- Diagnosis error
- Medication error
- Birth injury
In a surgery, a mistake could happen where the surgery is done incorrectly or the wrong organ or limb is operated on, the surgeon leaves medical instruments or sponges inside you, someone doesn’t pay attention to your vitals during a procedure, or someone doesn’t pay close attention to your charts and administers a medication that gives you an allergic reaction. Many surgical patients take anesthesia for a procedure. If the anesthesiologist makes a mistake, they could give you too much or too little medicine. Too much anesthesia could result in a brain injury, seizures, or death. Surgical patients may also depend on a medical device. If there’s an issue with the device, further harm can come to the patient.
When a doctor is figuring out what’s ailing you, they are supposed to eliminate possibilities by running tests and listening to your symptoms. They could give you the wrong diagnosis that allows the original problem to continue without treatment. Another mistake a medical professional can make is giving you the wrong medication or wrong dosage of medication.
There are a number of ways that a mother or her baby could be harmed during delivery. Doctors can make mistakes like failing to make decisions on procedures or mishandle equipment that results in severe, long-lasting injuries.
The damages of a medical injury can be painful, expensive, and possibly life-changing. The injury could make you miss work for a long time while you recover—or you may not be able to return to work at all. These possibilities are both overwhelming, especially when families are depending on the injured person’s income.
In some cases, some victims of medical malpractice suffer from psychological injuries that need professional help. Treatment like therapy or counseling can add to the cost of care. But you shouldn’t have to choose between care and paying your mortgage. That’s where we come in.
You deserve to know someone is representing your best interests. One of our lawyers in Morris will assess what happened to you and if malpractice occurred, we’ll find out why it happened, who was responsible, and get you the compensation you deserve.
When Malpractice Results in Death
Medical errors can be fatal. A Johns Hopkins study suggests that medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. with about 250,000 deaths per year. There weren’t consistent national statistics in the past because medical errors weren’t recognized as a reason for death. Now, with more information about medical malpractice and its dangers, the study shows how often these mistakes lead to tragedy.
If your loved one was receiving medical care, but someone in charge of their health made a mistake that led to your loved one’s death, our lawyers may be able to help you get justice. While it can be painful to go over what happened to your loved one, you can stand up for them and make sure their voice is heard. In a wrongful death suit, you can recover financial losses like past hospital bills, past and future earnings, loss of love, companionship, guidance and grief and sorrow as well as funeral and burial costs, and more. You may get some closure in knowing you stood up for your loved one’s rights and can now grieve for them without worrying about financial losses.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
Medical malpractices cases are complicated. Having experienced representation can help you through the process and make sure you’re doing everything possible to strengthen your claim.
Our lawyers understand how unsettling it can be to experience an injury as a result of medical malpractice. When we fight for your case, we’ll look into all the losses the mistake caused. You could get compensation for the following:
- Past and future lost wages
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future loss of earnings
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Loss of a normal life
We can also help you better establish the noneconomic damages, such as loss of enjoyment of life if you can no longer participate in activities or hobbies that you used to do or the pain and suffering the injury caused.
You’ll want to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. To get started on your medical malpractice case, give our office a call today. We’ll review your case in a no obligation, free consultation and hear your story. We’re ready to answer your questions and discuss your options.