When you or a loved one are in need of medical care, you expect and you deserve a standard of excellence. Your health, and sometimes your life, depend on it. When that expectation is not met and when injury or death occur, it is devastating. More notably, it may be a case of medical malpractice and you or your loved one may be entitled to monetary compensation for injury or death.
Money can never undo any harm that was done. However, it is important you receive the necessary support for additional medical care and additional expenses incurred. In order to ensure you are awarded the compensation you deserve, you need to hire a medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago Illinois. At Carlson Bier Associates, we have a profound understanding of the law and we have a passion for the pursuit of justice. Contact us today…you’re justice can’t wait.
How can I determine if I am a victim of medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider, doctor, or hospital does not adhere to a specified standard of care and a patient is injured or dies as a result. In Illinois, a person must show:
- The standard of care in the medical community by which the health care provider’s treatment was measured,
- That the health care provider failed to meet that standard of care, and
- The resulting injury was a direct result of the deviation from the standard of care.
If you are thinking to yourself, “how am I supposed to know what the standard of care is or determine if my injury was a result of failing to meet that standard of care,” you are not alone. Medical malpractice is complex and that is why it is important that you hire a medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago Illinois. When you contact our attorneys at Carlson Bier we will review your case and give you an honest evaluation of its merits.
What are the different medical malpractice issues?
At Carlson Bier, we are knowledgeable, experienced, and prepared to pursue justice for the following cases:
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Breaches of doctor-patient confidentiality
- Defective medical devices (products liability)
- Defective medication
- Delayed diagnosis
- Diagnostic errors
- Emergency room malpractice
- Failure to diagnose
- Hospital malpractice
- Surgical errors
- Unauthorized treatment
- Unnecessary medical procedures
Why do medical mistakes occur?
Medical mistakes are entirely preventable. Mismanagement of a hospital or health care facility, under staffing, and technical problems are the primary reasons medical mistakes are made.
Mismanagement: Communication to patients is important as a patient needs to fully understand all of their options and potential risk factors. Patients need to be properly educated to have a full understanding of what they are consenting to regarding a procedure or treatment.
In addition, communication between all medical professionals involved in a case is critical for the success of a procedure or treatment. Whether it is written or verbal communication, any breakdown can lead to an error. Hospitals, doctors offices, and other medical facilities typically have procedures related to communication. When these policies are not adhered to or enforced and a medical error occurs, you may have a medical malpractice case.
Another type of mismanagement is unclear procedures or lack of adherence to protocols. Every medical facility should have well documented procedures and have a system in place to ensure those procedures are followed. When an injury or death occurs because the proper protocol is not followed, you will need a medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago Illinois to ensure you are compensated for all expenses and losses.
Under staffing: At times, medical facilities may not have enough certified and trained professionals on staff. In turn, those who are working at the hospital, doctors office, or other medical facility are put in situations where they are more likely to make a mistake. A nurse may be overworked, a surgeon may not have had enough time to prepare, a physician may be careless in order to get from one patient to the next as quickly as possible.
Technical problems: When equipment fails during a procedure or treatment, you may have a medical malpractice case. When a permanent medical device, like an implant, fails, you may have a medical malpractice case. If something else has gone wrong due to technical issues, you will want to receive support to ensure you are fairly compensated for further medical care and for any losses that have resulted.
As medical malpractice lawyers in Chicago, Illinois, we are here to help you pursue justice
Whatever the mistake was and whatever the reason is for that mistake, you will need an experienced attorney on your side. At Carlson Bier, our medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago Illinois, will work relentlessly to uncover the underlying cause for injury or for the death of a loved one. We will gather all evidence needed to show that carelessness or negligence occurred. Medical malpractice is preventable and those who suffer from an injury or death deserve justice.