Medical Principles and Practice notes that medication errors are the leading cause of medical malpractice in the country. However, each year, thousands of people also fall victim to surgical errors, misdiagnosis, and lapses in judgment.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC can manage your medical malpractice case in Chicago. Our team has years of experience handling these matters. In a free consultation, you can learn more about how we can help.
We Work on a Contingency-Fee-Basis
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), in 2012, claimants were awarded a total of $3 billion for medical malpractice cases in the U.S. This figure speaks to the severity of these cases and how they negatively affect people.
While struggling with your expenses, we don’t want you to worry about paying for a lawyer. We work on a contingency-fee-basis. Your medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago only gets their attorney’s fees if they secure a judgment for you.
Our goal is to seek both justice and compensation for you and your loved ones. If we fail in this obligation, you do not pay for certain aspects of our partnership.
Illinois has a Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
In Illinois, medical malpractice lawsuits have a relatively short statute of limitations. Per 735 ILCS §5/13-212(a), you generally have two years to file your lawsuit. Your statutory deadline will largely depend on:
- Whether you lost a loved one
- The date that you discovered the error
- The date the error occurred
You should consider reaching out to our team as soon as possible. Even if you suspect that you suffered medical malpractice, by contacting our team promptly, you give your lawyer time to build your case. Also, failure to act within the state’s deadline could invalidate your right to compensation.
Types of Damages You can Pursue Through a Medical Malpractice Case
The value of your case, along with the types of damages you can recover, will depend on your situation. The American Bar Association (ABA) assures us that most cases are resolved through insurance negotiations. However, if the at-fault healthcare provider did not have insurance, we may need to file a lawsuit.
In either case, compensation could cover:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future earning ability
- Rehabilitative services
- Mental health counseling
- Disability, scarring, and disfigurement
- Lost income, tips, bonuses, and benefits
- Impaired quality of life
- Funeral expenses
You could qualify for other types of losses not included here. Your medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago can calculate your losses based on your case’s evidence.
We Have Won Millions for Our Clients in Illinois
Our firm knows what goes into building successful cases. Some of our successes include:
- $7.5 million for an injured construction worker (this was a county record-breaker at the time)
- $3.2 million for an injured construction worker (this was also a county record-breaker)
- $3 million for the family of a man hit by a garbage truck
- $2.2 million for a motor vehicle accident claimant
- $2 million for a man injured in a car accident
Should You Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical negligence is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. If you or a loved one suffered medical malpractice, you want our team on your side. We can prove the four elements of negligence in your case, as described by Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.
We can Establish a Duty of Care
Medical providers have an obligation to provide patients with their field’s accepted standard of care. This involves reading patients’ medical history, conducting necessary exams, and calling in specialists, if necessary.
We can Prove a Breach in Your Provider’s Duty of Care
When medical providers are unable to diagnose, treat, or advise their patients as a professional should, they breach their duty of care. If this causes you or a loved one harm, the negligent provider can be held liable for their actions (or omissions).
We can Prove Your Condition was the Result of Negligence
We must establish that because the healthcare provider in question did not provide their field’s accepted standard of care, you suffered losses.
You Have Damages as a Direct Result
You must have suffered losses to have a medical malpractice case. These losses can be emotional, financial, or physical in nature.
If we can prove all of these elements, we can pursue compensation for your losses. Illinois does not require healthcare providers to carry insurance. However, many do. As noted, if we cannot resolve your case through an insurance settlement, then we can file a lawsuit in civil court.
We can Determine Whether You Have a Valid Medical Malpractice Case
By investigating your circumstances, we can determine whether you have a medical malpractice case. Examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failing to properly diagnose a disease
- Failing to administer proper medications
- Childbirth injuries
- Anesthesia errors
- Rendering incorrect treatment
- Failing to consult a patient’s medical history
- Improperly conducting surgery
Medical malpractice cases are often complex, requiring that your attorney be familiar both with the law and medical issues involved. The Kryder Law Group, LLC can help you determine whether you or a loved one was injured due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or hospital.
Dissatisfaction does not Constitute Medical Malpractice
There is a difference between negligence and dissatisfaction. Ideally, every medical procedure would produce a favorable outcome. However, there are many cases where the final results are less than ideal.
Perhaps a surgeon is unable to remove a malignant tumor. Maybe the surgery had a low success rate in the first place. In most of these cases, dissatisfaction would not qualify as medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice claims require that recklessness or carelessness happened. A loved one dying during a complicated surgery after the surgeon explained all the risks wouldn’t be grounds for a medical malpractice claim. However, if that same surgeon failed to disclose how complicated or dangerous surgery was, this could constitute medical malpractice.
Nevertheless, let our team review your case and determine its feasibility. If we determine that you have a case, we can manage all of the obligations involved with its completion.
We Offer Free Case Reviews
Today, you can connect with The Kryder Law Group, LLC at no cost to you. During our conversation, we can discuss how you were hurt and what damages you can pursue. We can also address your concerns about the legal process, including:
- How long your case could take
- The potential value of your pain and suffering
- The deadlines surrounding your case
- The challenges we can address
- The nature of your situation
We can also explain how our team accepts payment for our legal help.
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