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Arlington Heights Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical Negligence Lawyers in Chicago, IL

Medical negligence can have dire consequences for patients. Anyone who visits a doctor, receives treatment in a hospital, or undergoes a surgical procedure puts their life and health in the hands of a medical professional. These professionals owe certain duties of care to their patients, but unfortunately, medical errors happen. When these errors result in injuries, a patient may be entitled to compensation for multiple different types of damages.

In these situations, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side who understands how to pursue compensation for injuries caused by medical negligence. A medical malpractice lawyer at Dickler, Kahn, Slowikowski & Zavell, Ltd. can assess the facts of your case and help you determine the best steps to take to seek financial compensation. Our goal is to ensure that you will have the financial resources you need to move forward with your recovery and address the harm done to you and your family.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when medical providers fail to meet their duty of care toward patients, and a person suffers injuries or damages as a result. A medical professional's duty of care refers to their obligation to provide a patient with a level of care that meets the accepted standards of medical practice. That is, a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or other professional that provides medical services to a patient must act in the same way that a reasonably competent professional with the same level of training and experience would in the same situation. If a medical professional breaches this duty, and a patient suffers harm as a result, the patient may seek compensation for their damages.

Common Examples of Medical Negligence

Medical malpractice may involve multiple types of mistakes or errors by medical professionals, including:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis - If a doctor diagnoses a patient with the wrong condition or fails to make a diagnosis in time to ensure that a patient receives the proper treatment, the patient may suffer serious harm. An incorrect diagnosis may result in the wrong treatment being provided, and this could have negative effects on the patient's health. A delayed diagnosis of a life-threatening condition such as cancer may cause a disease to progress beyond the point where treatment may be effective, leading to serious health issues or even the death of the patient.
  • Surgical errors - Mistakes made during surgery may result in permanent injury for a patient or even death. Examples of surgical negligence include leaving tools or other objects inside a patient during surgery, performing an incorrect procedure on the wrong body part, or failing to properly inform the patient about the risks of a procedure.
  • Medication errors - If a medical provider prescribes an incorrect medication, administers a dosage that is too high, fails to consider a patient's allergies, or fails to address interactions between different types of medications, a patient may suffer serious injuries or other medical complications.
  • Problems with medical devices and pharmaceuticals - A variety of tools, equipment, and other medical products may be used when providing treatment for patients, and if these devices fail to function correctly, patients may be seriously injured. Patients may also suffer harm due to defective drugs that do not function as intended or have harmful side effects. In these situations, patients may be able to pursue product liability lawsuits against manufacturers in addition to medical malpractice claims.

Contact Our Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, our attorneys can help you pursue compensation for the damages you have experienced. These damages may include medical expenses for additional treatment needed, income lost while you were recovering, and pain and suffering experienced by the victim and their loved ones. With our experience and knowledge of the laws that affect medical malpractice cases, we can help you determine the best course of action to pursue in order to obtain justice for the harm done to you. To schedule a free consultation, contact Dickler, Kahn, Slowikowski & Zavell, Ltd. at 847-593-5595.

We assist with medical malpractice and other types of personal injury cases in Illinois and nationwide. We work with clients located in DuPage County, Lake County, Kane County, St. Clair County, McHenry County, Winnebago County, Cook County, Sangamon County, Champaign County, Boone County, Will County, Rock Island County, Grundy County, and Kankakee County.

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