The Crisis of Medical Malpractice
According to the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death. This would make medical care the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind cancer and heart disease.
We put our complete trust in doctors and medical personnel and we put our lives and the quality of our future life in their hands with an expectation we will not become a victim of medical malpractice. Many medical professionals do an extraordinary job, often under trying circumstances, and they can save our lives. However mistakes can be made. And unfortunately mistakes are made far more often and more tragically than we know. Most of us are at a complete disadvantage in understanding whether we have received adequate and mistake free care. Tuohy Law Offices have access to the very best medical experts in the country who can determine whether you or a loved one has received the proper care and whether negligence has occurred. Medical Malpractice can occur in many forms, from a missed diagnosis, poor treatment, or from a surgical error. Any form of error can lead to devastating results, including death.
You can find medical malpractice case studies online. Tuohy Law Offices can help you determine if you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice.
The Types of Medical Malpractice
Brief overview of various medical malpractice:
- Failure to Diagnose
- Surgical Errors/Birth Injuries
- Emergency Room Errors
- Surgical Errors
- Prescription Errors
- Brain Injuries
- Failure to Diagnose
First Steps To Take if you Believe You are a Victim of Medical Malpractice
If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you should take the following steps immediately:
- Contact Tuohy Law Offices and schedule a no obligation, free consultation.
- Request copies of all of your medical records, and do so quickly before someone has the chance to falsify information or claim the loss of documents. Securing medical records, even when a possible case may seem small, is highly recommended.
- Write down everything that has happened, and keep a daily journal. Start this journal immediately, before any of the details fade from your mind. Record how it has changed your life and the impact that it has on you and your family every day.
- Keep the receipts for all of your expenses caused by the possible malpractice case. These receipts can include hotel, gas, and meal receipts, if travel is required. Keep receipts for extra child care costs and/or anything related outside of your normal routine. These needs may not all apply to your case, but your attorney will sort that out for you.
- Keep records of all lost income caused by the malpractice-this includes the lost income of the victim and anyone who had to miss work to help care for them.
- Seek an independent medical assessment. If you work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney, your attorney will probably recommend a specialist that they know and trust, and the expense may be deferred until you reach a resolution in your case.
- If you are unable to understand everything that is going on, select a highly trusted advocate to
help you make decisions (usually a close friend or family member).
- If you do not speak English, request a translator.
- Remember that you are the victim. You deserve answers. And you deserve an appropriate recovery.
Medical Malpractice doctors and more…this issue is not limited to only doctors.
Individual health care professionals, as well as the institutions they work for can be held responsible for malpractice. This includes, not only doctors and surgeons, but dentists, psychiatrists, nurses, emergency room staff, hospitals, walk-in clinics and other treatment facilities. Read more about medical malpractice. If you have a specific question regarding Chicago medical malpractice, or any possible Illinois or national medical malpractice case, contact us immediately
Call Tuohy Law Offices today at 1-312-559-8400 for a free no obligation consultation about your potential claim.