As previous post highlighted, medical malpractice cases can be notoriously hard to prove. These cases can get highly technical, with various medical details making each step of the process sometimes seemingly more difficult than the one before it. In a medical malpractice case, quite a burden falls on the injured party. That means that are expected to keep detailed and accurate records and provide the right documentation to their attorneys.
Medical professionals are tasked with the job of treating, and potentially curing, illnesses and injuries. Most are excellent at their jobs and take a lot of pride in their work. However, on occasion, a doctor error can occur that can cause further injury to an Illinois patient. If the error caused further injury, it could be compensable under medical malpractice law.
Despite the amazing recent advancements in the medical field, nothing and no one is foolproof. Doctors, surgeons and other Aurora medical professionals make mistakes, resulting in injuries to their patients. If negligence is at the root of these mistakes, patients may want to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.
When one visits a health care facility because they are sick or injured, a team of professionals assists them. Doctors, nurses, surgeons and anesthesiologists all work together to provide patients with the medical care they need. Unfortunately, this means that if an instance of negligence occurs, it may be the fault of more than one party or it may be the fault of the health care facility as a whole.
Most people in Illinois undergoing surgery naturally are nervous about the procedure. After all, they put their complete trust in the surgeon not only to remedy their medical issues, but also not to make any mistakes that would put them in a worsened condition.
The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a decision that could have a major effect on how long a party has to file a lawsuit in wrongful death cases involving medical malpractice. Previously, the date of death was the starting point for the two years in which a person had to file a lawsuit.
Aurora residents may be interested to hear that a settlement has been reached in the amount of $1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving an Illinois man whose physician reportedly failed to diagnose and treat the man's cancer. The settlement followed on the heels of a Cook County jury's ongoing deliberations in the lawsuit.
When a resident of Illinois is sick or injured, they expect that the doctors and nurses taking care of them will do so competently and appropriately. After all, most medical professionals have gone through years of schooling in order to get where they are. However, there is always the chance that something could go wrong.
Whether it is a minor cold or a major operation, whenever an individual in Illinois seeks medical care, they expect that they will be treated not just competently, but with care and respect. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. In today's busy in-and-out environment, many general practitioners are simply overburdened, underpaid and expected to treat many patients as quickly as possible. This leaves them with little room to truly know their patients. Moreover, specialists may focus more on tests and procedures than on the patients themselves.
Aurora residents may be disturbed to hear that a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins reported that as many as 200,000 deaths annually are caused by a medical error. Sometimes medical malpractice is due to a poor decision made by a physician. Other errors are system errors, caused by which include a lack of communication between health care providers, mistakes made when a patient is transferred to a different unit and issues with electronic medical record systems.