Medical Malpractice? Consult a Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice occurs every day. Some victims are affected by medical malpractice for the rest of their lives. Others become fatality statistics. According to a recent study at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Some Examples of Medical Malpractice
If a person believes that he or she or a member of their family was a victim of medical malpractice, a consultation with an experienced and effective Chicago medical malpractice attorney should be arranged as soon as possible. Here are some examples of just a few of the most common types of medical malpractice errors and omissions that are seen:

  • Failure to diagnose a condition or the misdiagnosis of a condition.

  • Delayed diagnosis when a misdiagnosis occurs, and the delay in obtaining a correct diagnosis allows the condition to worsen due to lack of treatment.

  • The failure to properly treat a condition when there is a correct diagnosis.

  • Surgical errors like performing an incorrect procedure, performing a procedure on the wrong part of the body or wrong patient, leaving sponges or medical equipment inside of a patient or causing damage to other parts of the body during surgery.

  • Birth injuries like inadequate prenatal care and injuries suffered by the mother or baby during birth.

The Standard of Care
Medical malpractice occurs when there is a deviation from the standard of care for a condition or procedure. The patient must suffer damages though. Even a gross deviation from the standard of care won’t constitute medical malpractice if the patient didn’t suffer damages.

Illinois recognizes a variety of damages in medical malpractice cases. Here are some of those damages that are commonly recognized:

  • Additional medical bills.

  • Lost earnings.

  • Any permanent disfigurement or disability.

  • Pain and suffering.

  • Diminished quality of life.

  • Other substantial damages in the event of a wrongful death.

Medical malpractice cases are some of the most difficult cases that an attorney can bring. You certainly don’t want to try to pursue such a case on your own. If you believe that you or a member of your family was a victim of medical malpractice, contact a Chicago medical malpractice attorney from the Shea Law Group as soon as possible by calling 877-365-0040. You can also use our online contact form at

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