Under the Illinois Medical Malpractice Act, “medical malpractice” is the failure of a doctor or other medical professional to use the appropriate level of care in treating a patient. Medical malpractice is also referred to as “professional negligence.” A medical professional may be liable for medical malpractice anytime he violates his most important obligation to a patient by acting way that is “below or departs from the standard of care” of others in the same medical field. The injury that you receive because of a medical professional’s negligence does not need to be a new injury; you may have a claim if the medical professional makes an existing condition worse or aggravates an injury.
Medical malpractice can be the result of either failing to do something a reasonably careful healthcare professional would have done in the same situation or a wrongful action that a reasonably careful healthcare professional would not have taken. For example, a family doctor may be liable for professional negligence by failing to refer a patient to a specialist for further treatment. The same family doctor may also be liable for professional negligence if he attempts a complex procedure in his office that he is not qualified to perform.
Having the support and guidance of experienced attorneys is essential in successfully bringing a medical malpractice claim against a healthcare provider who has failed to properly treat you. Medical malpractice claims are complex and often require expert witnesses. The team of attorneys at Keating Law Offices is ready to assist you through this process. Our firm has successfully represented clients with medical malpractice claims. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.