Of all types of personal injury cases, medical malpractice can be one of the most difficult to prove. The burden of proof is entirely on the patient to show that the doctor had a duty to treat him or her and failed in that duty. Medical malpractice is also subject to the professional liability standard, which means that the actions of the treating doctor are measured against someone who has similar training and experience. If that doctor would have behaved in the same manner, you may not have a case. You should also keep in mind that a poor outcome for a medical treatment or procedure doesn't automatically mean that medical malpractice was committed.
Although medical malpractice takes many forms, the following are the most common:
- Failure to diagnose a condition that another doctor would have diagnosed
- Surgical errors, such as operating on the wrong body part
- Improper diagnosis
- Birth injuries and defects caused by incompetence
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Dental malpractice
- Lab and test result errors
While these mistakes can happen in seconds, they have the ability to impact you for the rest of your life. Mistakes by doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and other medical professionals end up killing nearly 100,000 people every year.
Phillips Law Offices in Chicago has more than 65 years of experience assisting victims of medical malpractice get the compensation they deserve. Our lawyers interview expert witnesses and do whatever else is necessary to prove that your injuries happened the way you said they did. Attorney Stephen Phillips is the head of the Medical Negligence Committee of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and is eager to put his experience to work for you. We invite you to contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation as soon as possible.