Medical Malpractice FAQ's
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 Illinois medical malpractice litigation is the right course for you. Please give our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers a call at (312) 781-1977 to start talking about your options today.
- How Long Will the Process Take?
- How Do I Know If It Was Really Medical Malpractice?
- What If I Already Signed Paperwork Regarding the Procedure?
Every medical malpractice case is different, and many variables can draw out or shorten the duration of your case. For instance, if the hospital, doctor or other practitioner does not deny negligence, that part of the process could be more expedient than a case in which the insurance company denies 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.
As someone who is not a medical professional, you may not know right away that the cause of your injury or that of a loved one 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.
Depending on the paperwork you signed, you may still be able to file a medical malpractice suit. Simply signing consent papers for surgery doesn't mean you cannot sue for damages if the doctor does not perform the procedure following the proper protocols or performs 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 (known as "informed consent") and 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 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.