Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Have you ever heard the saying “the doctor knows best”? Of course you have! Most of us are probably guilty of uttering it at least once or twice during our lifetimes. We tend to give doctors and healthcare workers the benefit of the doubt when it comes to improving or maintaining our health, and if they tell us to do something – even if it seems a bit out of the ordinary – we tend to trust their judgment over our own. After all, medical professionals have undergone a lot of training to do what they do. They should be able to give us solutions to our health issues.
Unfortunately, it turns out that the doctor doesn’t always know best. Or, to be more accurate, healthcare professionals in general are just as capable of making mistakes as anyone. The difference is that their mistakes have the potential to harm individuals for life. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you know firsthand the pain and suffering that results. Kosin Law Office Ltd. understands what you’re going through, and we can help you file a suit to recover the compensation to which you’re entitled.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional act or fail to act in a way that harms the patient. It’s important to note, however, that not every mistake made by a healthcare professional will count as malpractice, even if it caused some harm to the patient. There are specific things that you must be able to prove in order to have a successful medical malpractice suit.
Medical malpractice suits must be able to prove that a medical or healthcare professional both made a mistake and, in doing so, did the patient harm. This malpractice might occur at any time during the medical treatment process, from the diagnosis to the treatment stages.
You might be wondering how you can prove, aside from your injuries, your doctor or healthcare professional made a mistake. Well, the mistake in question must be something that falls outside of the standard of care. That means that the actions (or inactions) of the medical professional do not align with what other doctors are doing for patients with the same health issues as the victim. This means that if your doctor made a mistake but did so based on information about the standard of care given to other patients – they thought it would help because it’s a common action for doctors to take when it comes to patients with the same or similar health issues as you – then their actions might not fall outside of the standard of care.
Finally, you must be able to prove that you were injured as a direct result of the mistake. It’s not enough to show that the doctor made a mistake and acted in a way that fell outside of the standard of care. If you have no damages – if you were not injured – then you don’t have a case. Note that injuries don’t always have to be physical in nature, although they usually are and it’s quite tricky to argue emotional or mental damages.
How long do medical malpractice lawsuits take?
In short, no. Medical malpractice suits are some of the most complicated and involved lawsuits out there. This is because, as explained above, it can be quite difficult to prove that the doctor in question made a qualifying mistake and that they harmed the patient in some way. For this reason, as well as others, medical malpractice suits can be long and expensive affairs.
Note that this doesn’t mean you should give up! On the contrary, if you’ve been harmed by a medical professional, you deserve to see your suit through to the end and collect the compensation to which you’re entitled. Medical care is expensive, and you might need the recovered funds to help cover the future treatment you’ll require as a result of the malpractice.
It’s important to find a lawyer who understands how medical malpractice suits work. These lawyers have handled cases like yours before, and can help you determine whether or not you have a case worth going to battle over. Kosin Law Office Ltd. is home of attorneys with just this kind of experience.
At Kosin Law Office Ltd., we believe that you should be compensated for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced as a result of medical malpractice. Contact us today and let us help you begin the recovery process. We’ll work hard so that you can get on with your life.
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