Trust is an important component of any doctor-patient relationship; however, unfortunately, medical professionals can make errors. According to a study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical error is a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. If you or your loved one has been injured through medical malpractice (medmal), contact Hale & Monico in Chicago as soon as possible. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively pursue your claim for compensation.
Why Choose Hale & Monico?
- We are dedicated to assisting our clients in any way we can. We offer a free consultation with no obligation, and we will visit you at home, in the hospital, or whatever location is convenient for you.
- We will conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation into your injuries to establish liability and prepare your case as though it were going to trial.
- Our attorneys have more than three decades of experience, including vast trial experience, and have recovered settlements and verdicts totaling tens of millions for our clients.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor or healthcare professional who is negligent — fails to properly perform his or her duties and this is a cause or contributing cause to injury to the patient.
What Are the Elements of a Claim?
To prove that medical malpractice occurred, you must show each of the following elements:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed: When you are suing a doctor or healthcare provider for compensation, you must prove that you hired the doctor and he or she accepted you as a patient.
- The doctor or healthcare provider was negligent: This means that the doctor or healthcare professional caused you harm in a way that a competent provider would not have under the same circumstance (medical standard of care). In most cases, you will need a medical professional to testify on your behalf to help establish this standard.
- Negligence of the doctor or healthcare provider caused injury: The injured patient must show that, more likely than not, the doctor’s or medical professional’s negligence caused the injury the patient suffered.
- Injury led to damages: To recover compensation, the patient must prove damages, such as medical bills, lost wages or earnings, loss of earning capacity, physical pain, and mental anguish.
Types of Medical Malpractice
At Hale & Monico, we handle all types of claims for medical malpractice including:
- Birth injury
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Surgical errors
- Defective medical devices
- Wrongful death
- Medication errors
Medical Malpractice Facts
According to the National Practitioner Data Bank, $3,925,073,250 was paid out for medmal claims in the U.S. in 2017. Both New York and Illinois rank among the top states per capital for medical malpractice payouts. This nearly $4 billion sum was paid out in the following percentage, by severity of outcome:
- 30% — Death
- 20% — Major permanent injury
- 18% — Significant permanent injury
- 12% — Quadriplegic, brain damage, and lifelong care injury
- 8% — Minor permanent injury
- 7% — Major temporary injury
- 5% — Other
Categories of Medical Malpractice
The following percentages of the $3,925,073,250 sum were paid out for the following categories of medmal in 2017:
- Diagnosis – 34%
- Surgery – 22%
- Treatment – 19%
- Obstetrics – 9%
- Medication – 5%
- Monitoring – 5%
- Other – 6%
Contact Our Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney Today!
Medical malpractice claims are complicated, often high-stakes cases involving complex medical and legal issues. If you have been injured by a negligent healthcare provider, contact Hale & Monico right away for experienced legal representation and dedicated advocacy in your medmal case.