In any medical malpractice case, it is necessary to prove that your standard of care was not met. Medical professionals and hospitals have a duty to their patients, and this involves following strict procedures and guidelines. A medical malpractice case is only viable if you can prove "causation" or prove that the duty of care owed to you was not met. This can be proven in a variety of ways, but it is often a contentious issue.
Medicine is an industry that requires many years of specialized training to understand it well, and therefore it can be difficult to explain how an injury was caused without having a medical background. A victim of medical malpractice may not be fully aware of the causation of his or her injuries, which is why it is so important to consult with a medical malpractice attorney with significant experience in this area of the law. Schedule a consultation at our Chicago office to discuss the causation of your case today.
As with any personal injury case, it is necessary to prove that someone's negligence or carelessness caused your injury. In a medical malpractice case, this proof can be very detailed and specialized in nature, and requires consultation and support from an expert witness in the medical community. Our firm has been working with trusted experts in the field for many years, and we will utilize our extensive network to help get you the evidence you need to win your case.
Proof in a civil suit like this does not have to be "beyond a reasonable doubt" like it does in a criminal case, but we do have to prove by a "preponderance of evidence" that your injury was caused by poor care.
Often the defendant will try to prove that your injuries were not caused by him or her, but by another source, such as a pre-existing condition, related to your original illness or that you were negligent in seeking care for your injury. There are many defenses that he or she may try to use in your case, but we have seen them all and will be more than prepared for them.
Making It Plain
In some medical malpractice cases, the medical malpractice is obvious: if a patient received the wrong surgery, a surgery that he or she never consented to, or a medical instrument is left inside the body, it is clear that there was medical negligence involved and no expert testimony is necessary. Most cases, however, require special knowledge and experience to ensure a successful outcome. Issues of causation can be tumultuous, so trust your matter to a firm with the resources to bolster your case, call our lawyers at 312-445-9034 or toll free at 888-837-3275 to get started.