Each day, hundreds of people in Illinois enter the hospital for a routine medical procedure or visit their doctor with hopes of curing an ailment. We trust doctors and healthcare professionals to heal us. Sometimes, however, a doctor can cause more harm than good. Although doctors take an oath to “Do No Harm,” this isn't always the case. The results can be devastating: injuries can be worsened; diseases can progress; and finances can be drained paying for medical expenses.
Forms of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can rear its head in many forms, including:
- Surgical errors: this form of malpractice can involve failing to sterilize medical equipment leading to infection, leaving sponges or other surgical equipment inside the body when closing an incision, and, in extreme cases, operating on the wrong body part.
- Failure to warn: if a doctor or medical professional does not warn you about common risks of a medication, treatment, or operation, and these risks would have prevented you from undergoing such treatment, then the doctor can be held liable.
- Birth injuries: injuries caused to a newborn from negligent delivery procedures such as the wrongful use of a vacuum or forceps during delivery can be temporary or last a lifetime.
- Failure to diagnose: if a medical professional failed to diagnose your injury or disease and that delay in diagnosis caused your condition to worsen, then he or she can be held liable for medical malpractice.
Forms of Compensation
If you have been injured by a doctor or medical professional, then a successful medical malpractice lawsuit can result in compensation to help make you whole. Such damages include:
- Medical bills: if you have incurred medical expenses from surgical bills, purchasing medical equipment, or rehabilitative therapy, then you can recover compensation for the expense you had to pay.
- Lost wages: damages can be recovered for lost wages resulting from the time that you had to take off of work after your injury. If your injury is permanent and leaves you completely unable to work, you may also be able to recover damages for wages you would have received in the future had you not been injured.
- Non-economic damages: damages from a doctor's negligence doesn't stop at either the physical or financial level. A medical malpractice lawsuit can also help you recover damages for the emotional trauma and pain you suffered as a result of your injury.
Are you the victim of medical malpractice?
If you have been injured by the negligence of a medical professional, then your main focus should be on healing. Don't waste time and energy on trying to file a medical malpractice case on your own; you have enough on your plate. Let the experienced attorneys at Benassi & Benassi fight for you to earn the compensation you deserve. To schedule a consultation with an attorney to speak about your case, fill out an online evaluation form or call 309-276-0601 today.