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What Is Medical Malpractice?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Medical malpractice is one of the most common types of personal injury claims. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider fails to adhere to the standard of care and a patient is injured or dies as a result.

Some of the most common types of medical malpractice claims include:

  • Birth Injuries
  • Emergency Room Malpractice
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery Malpractice
  • Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Surgical Errors
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Anesthesia Errors
  • Medication Errors
  • Drug Interactions
  • Adverse Reactions
  • Unauthorized Treatment
  • Sub-Standard Care
  • Breaches of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality
  • Unnecessary medical treatment or procedures

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages: medical expenses, lost wages, household services, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and disfigurement.

The specific amount of compensation that may be recovered in a medical malpractice lawsuit is sometimes subject to damage caps. Many states, including Texas, Georgia and Mississippi, have passed or are considering passing legislation that limits the amount of non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and punitive damages, that plaintiffs can recover in medical malpractice cases. Illinois currently does not have damage caps on medical malpractice or personal injury verdicts, however.

The statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Illinois is generally two years from the incident. Because the legal issues involved with a medical malpractice lawsuit are complex, with several nuances, and depend on the particular facts of the incident, it is important to consult with an attorney who understands the medical field and the laws pertaining to medical malpractice.

At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago accident and injury attorneys focus on representing the victims of medical malpractice and other types of personal injury claims. Accordingly, we understand the legal issues involved with a medical malpractice claim and are familiar with the medical issues affecting the case.

If you think that you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, do not hesitate to contact the experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Ankin Law Office at (312) 600-0000 for a free consultation.

Categories: Medical Malpractice