Carbondale Medical Malpractice Attorneys
You trust doctors and other medical professionals—dentists, surgeons, nurses, therapists—to provide appropriate care when you have a health problem. Often, you have little choice but to trust them, particularly when you have a serious medical issue that requires urgent treatment. Because of the special position of trust that medical professionals hold, they owe a high duty of care toward their patients. When a medical care provider falls below this standard of care and injures a patient as a result, the patient may be able to bring a claim for medical malpractice. The Marion medical malpractice lawyers at the Prince Law Firm have been representing personal injury victims throughout Southern Illinois for over 20 years. We are dedicated to helping those harmed by negligence, whether involving medical malpractice or other causes, and recovering all of the damages our clients are legally entitled to.
Illinois Medical Malpractice Law
Medical malpractice is a special type of negligence claim. Every negligence claim contains four elements:
- Breach of duty;
- Injury caused by the breach; and
In the context of medical malpractice, the duty of a physician or other professional caregiver is to provide a standard of care to patients that is commensurate with the standard acceptable in the community in which he or she practices. If the caregiver fails to provide care consistent with this standard, and the failure results in injury or death to a patient, then the medical practitioner may be found liable for damages in a medical malpractice case.
Medical malpractice damages may include compensation for:
- Out of pocket medical expenses;
- Loss of income;
- Loss of earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Disfigurement or loss of function; or
- Other damages.
Medical Malpractice Cases May Arise In Many Contexts
While egregious instances of medical malpractice sometimes take place—performing the wrong operation on a patient, for example—many cases are not so straightforward. The truth is, much less drastic cases may still result in serious injuries, and valid malpractice claims.
A study by the Institute of Medicine determined that as many as 98,000 deaths per year are attributable to a preventable medical error, and another study presented to the Congressional Budget Office concluded that there are as many as 151,000 serious injuries attributable to medical error every year. These errors, which may establish solid grounds for a malpractice claim, can take many forms, including:
- Medication errors, whereby a medication is incorrectly prescribed, dosed, or dispensed; or, a doctor fails to prescribe a needed medication;
- Diagnosis failures, causing delayed or incorrect treatment;
- Delayed treatment, where a physician fails to react promptly to an adverse diagnosis;
- Failure to obtain informed consent, where the patient is not told of problems or risks, or does not consent at all in the context of a medical procedure;
- Incompetence, meaning that a physician lacks the necessary skill, training, or qualifications to perform the procedure undertaken;
- Birth injuries and obstetric malpractice;
- Surgical errors;
- Inadequate monitoring or follow-up, where a patient suffers subsequent fractures, infections, relapses, or other injuries due to insufficient aftercare;
- Equipment failure, where a piece of medical equipment performs incorrectly due to improper maintenance or calibration;
- Communication failure, where one medical professional fails to inform another caregiver of any special information regarding a patient that would affect the treatment of that patient.
Call Us for Help With Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Because medical malpractice cases are often very complex due to technical issues and intensive investigation, it is critical to work with an attorney who has the experience and qualifications you need to prevail in your medical malpractice claim. The Southern Illinois personal injury attorneys at the Prince Law Firm, located in Marion, Illinois, have extensive experience helping medical malpractice victims to obtain substantial damage awards. If you have suffered a serious injury, or someone you love has dies as a result of medical malpractice, contact us for a free consultation by calling (618) 997-2111 or by using the online contact form on this website. We have over two decades of experience handling personal injury claims for the residents of Carbondale, Herrin, Marion, Murphysboro, Harrisburg, and Benton. Remember, our clients never pay us a fee unless and until they receive compensation.