Preventable medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. If you think you have been the victim of a medical error, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney to evaluate and pursue your case.
What is Malpractice?
Medical professionals will tell you that practicing medicine is more an art than a science. Results vary and sometimes even with the best possible care, patients have a bad outcome. That alone is not necessarily malpractice.
So, what do we mean when we say medical malpractice? We mean that a doctor or nurse made a mistake, but it was the kind of mistake that he or she should not have made. It does not mean that the doctor meant to hurt you. (Cases involving intentional harm by medical professionals are, thankfully, very rare, but they do happen.)
Do I have a Claim?
The only way to know whether you have a medical malpractice claim is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney will then consult with a licensed medical professional to determine whether you have a potential claim.
Generally, no claim for medical malpractice can be filed in the state of Illinois without being first reviewed and certified by a licensed physician. This process can be time-consuming so don't delay calling an attorney to allow plenty of time to have your case evaluated.
Not all personal injury attorneys have experience with medical malpractice cases and, when it comes to results, experience matters.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer?
Yes. If you've read our page on personal injury claims, you'll know that you don't always have to hire an attorney. That's not the case here. There are very few attorneys who handle medical malpractice cases. That means there are far fewer (if any) non-attorneys who can navigate the complicated statutory requirements to bring a medical malpractice claim. Trust us, you can't DIY this one.