Doctors and other medical personnel are not perfect, periodically they will err when diagnosing or treating a patient. This raises a number of concerns, the most important of course is the patient and what kind of impact does the error have on his or her condition. Often the question arises,” is the error tantamount to medical malpractice?” The answer to this question is never easy; there are often complications which can lead to the patient or a family member hiring Chicago medical malpractice lawyers and pursuing a claim.
What actually is medical malpractice?
Merely a mistake on the part of a physician or other member of the medical profession does not necessarily constitute medical malpractice, there is a lot more to it than that.
There are a number of elements that must be in place, when one or more of these are being disputed, it is up to the injured party and his or her Chicago medical malpractice lawyers to prove the allegation with evidence and testimony.
* There must be an established relationship between the doctor and patient
* The standard of care provided fell below the accepted standard (breach of care)
* There must be a connection between the injury and a negligent act on the part of the medical professional, and
* The patient must have been harmed as a result of negligence and/or a breach of care
Have your case evaluated:
If you believe you may have a valid medical malpractice claim then you will have to speak to seasoned lawyers. At this stage, don’t worry about legal fees, the majority of Chicago medical malpractice lawyers work on contingency which simply means, the agreed upon legal fee is deferred until such time as you win your case; in the event the case is dismissed, you will not have to pay legal fees.
If you believe your doctor caused you harm, you may have medical malpractice case. Chicago medical malpractice lawyers will advise you if you have a valid claim or not. For a free case evaluation you are invited to contact Shea Law Group.