We know that when clients are considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, they have many questions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you through the decision-making process. Every situation is different, however, and it is important to seek out legal counsel regarding your individual circumstances to get a better understanding of whether or not Illinois medical malpractice litigation is the right course for you. Please give our office a call at 312-445-9034 or toll free at 888-837-3275 to start talking about your options today.
How Long Will The Process Take?
Every single medical malpractice case is different, and there are a number of variables involved that can draw out or shorten the duration of your case. For instance, if the hospital, doctor or other practitioner is not going to deny their negligence, that part of the process could be more expedient than a case where the insurance company is denying any wrongdoing. No matter what the situation may be, ensuring that the calculations for your compensation are thorough can take time, and there is still a lot of investigation and analysis involved in your case. It is impossible to say precisely how long it will take, but you can be confident that our firm is committed to getting you your compensation as quickly as possible.
How Do I Know If It Was Really Medical Malpractice?
As someone who is not a medical professional yourself, you may not know right away that the cause of your, or your loved one's, injuries is indeed medical malpractice. However, you know what a reasonable expectation of care is, and you know when something feels wrong, or as though something was not done properly. If you are concerned about the care you or a loved one received, you should seek out the counsel of a medical malpractice lawyer. We will investigate the incident, analyze the follow-up care, and discover if any negligence or wrongdoing occurred. We see medical malpractice cases all the time, and we consistently work with expert witnesses to help us determine the validity of each case. Call our office if you even suspect that something may be amiss, as the sooner you get in touch, the better evidence we can secure for your case.
What If I Already Signed Paperwork Regarding The Procedure?
Depending on the paperwork you signed, you may still be able to file a medical malpractice suit. Simply signing consent papers for a surgery doesn't mean you cannot sue for damages if the doctor does not do the procedure following the proper protocols, or does the wrong procedure. Similarly, if your doctor did not tell you all the risks associated with the procedure, you could not make a properly informed decision, this is known as "informed consent" and if you were not given comprehensive information preceding the incident, you may still have a cause to sue.
There are no guarantees after a medical procedure, but there are specific procedures and guidelines in place that medical practitioners are supposed to follow in order to achieve the best care possible. Just because someone is unhappy with the result of a procedure, doesn't mean that it is a malpractice case. Get in touch with a medical malpractice attorney at our firm to learn more about investigating the circumstances of your situation and discuss the options available.