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Medical malpractice cases can be quite complex and you are required to show that the healthcare provider did not follow the accepted standard of care and that your injury is a direct result of their negligence. Medical Malpractice Attorney Timothy Henderson works closely with medical experts, examining all aspects of your claim to make sure you receive the compensation you need and deserve. His success in medical malpractice is no accident – it is a result of hard work, commitment and dedication. If you believe that you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a healthcare provider or institution, contact him today for a free case evaluation. Call (312) 444-9400.
WHAT IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN ILLINOIS?
Medical malpractice in Illinois occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional does not follow the generally accepted set of standards and practices that other medical professionals would take when treating a similar patient and by not following these set standards the health care professional or institution causes injury or death to the patient in their care. If a healthcare professional or institution violates this “standard of care” medical negligence has occurred. Professional healthcare providers who are expected to follow the “accepted standards of practice and care” include not only doctors and nurses but also dentists, technicians, and any person who provides medical care. Healthcare institutions include not only hospitals but also nursing home facilities and any institution that provides medical care.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury during medical treatment, you may have a medical malpractice lawsuit. It is important that you contact a medical malpractice attorney to help you determine if your case qualifies as “malpractice” using Illinois standards. Your attorney will need to prove that your healthcare professional did not follow the accepted standard of care in your treatment and that this breach of “standard of care” directly caused your injuries.
COMMON MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS
The most common medical malpractice cases often deal with a misdiagnosis, prescription drug errors ( e.g. the wrong medication is prescribed, the wrong dose is indicated, failure to reasonably predict harmful drug interactions), surgical errors (e.g. an error in anesthesia causing organ damage or death, failure to deal with a medical event in a timely manner (e.g. delaying an operation and the delay causes injury) or simply a failure to treat.
ILLINOIS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
Illinois, like many other states, has created time limits that apply to medical malpractice and the length of time between the injury and the filing of the malpractice claim. The state of Illinois requires that any malpractice suit be filed with the court within two years from the time the patient knew or should have know of the injury. If the suit is not filed with the courts within four years, it may not be filed. If the patient is a minor (i.e. under the age of 18) at the time of the injury was caused by the medical malpractice, the time limit is more liberal. Medical malpractice claims filed for a minor can be filed up to 8 years after the injury as long as the suit is filed before the patient turns 22.