When you seek medical treatment for an illness or injury, you rightfully expect that the care provided will be professional and within the commonly accepted standards of the medical profession. Unfortunately, this does not always occur, and every year thousands of people are injured by the negligence of medical professionals. Medical malpractice can occur in a wide variety of ways, but some types tend to be more common than others. Some common examples of medical malpractice are detailed below.
Failure to diagnose
Failure to diagnose a condition that should have been discovered can have extremely negative results for victims. In some cases, the fact that a condition is left untreated causes much more serious health problems at a later time.
Medication errors can involve giving a patient the wrong medication or wrong dosage of the correct medication. These types of mistakes can be extraordinarily dangerous and cause significant injury.
Surgical errors constitute errors that should never occur. In fact, the term “never event” was introduced by the CEO of the National Quality Forum in 2001 to refer to particularly egregious medical errors that should never occur, and the term has been widely adopted in the industry. These kinds of surgical errors include leaving an instrument inside of a patient’s body, operating on the wrong patient, operating on the wrong body part, or injuring a patient during surgery.
Medical practice cases require legal knowledge
Medical malpractice cases differ in many important respects from “ordinary” personal injury cases. There are often extremely technical medical and legal issues that arise, many of which are not easily understood by a person without any legal training. In addition, many medical malpractice lawsuits require the use of expert witnesses who specialize in a particular field of medicine. These experts are often used to establish the applicable standard of care and educate the judge and jury about the area of medicine at issue. Fortunately, an attorney familiar with litigating medical malpractice cases will be able to analyze the facts of your case, determine whether you have a claim, and cover all expenses associated with litigation. At Fisk & Monteleone LTD., we take all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that our clients do not need to pay us back for expenses or pay any legal fees unless we successfully recover on their behalf.
Contact a Freeport medical malpractice attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Medical malpractice can leave victims with significant health problems and necessitate further treatment. In addition, people who are injured by medical malpractice may experience significant physical and emotional pain and suffering. Fortunately, Illinois law allows people who are injured by the negligence of a medical professional to recover for their injuries by filing a legal claim. To discuss your case with one of our Freeport medical malpractice attorneys, call Fisk & Monteleone LTD. today at 815-516-0801. If you would prefer to reach the firm by email, you may send one by filling out and submitting our online contact form available here.