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Keeping an Eye on Medical Malpractice: Illinois Ranks 45th in Emergency Room Care

When visiting a hospital or clinic for medical care, patients expect the best care they can receive from physicians and healthcare providers. When it comes to being healthy and staying alive, especially in cases of emergency, patients should not have to settle for inadequate care. Medical malpractice is a serious legal issue where patients have been injured or killed by the careless acts of healthcare providers or by the negligent failure of these providers to act. These medical errors can cause patients to suffer additional injuries on top of their current conditions and sometimes even death.

Unfortunately, the state of Illinois is not a stranger to medical malpractice. According to a recent article by the Chicago Tribune, Illinois has ranked 45th in the nation for overall emergency care. The American College of Emergency Physicians released a study in the form of a report card called the America’s Emergency Care Environment report card. This study stated that our state’s emergency preparedness is a huge problem for the state since Illinois has dropped from 9th place in 2009 to 43rd today. This indicated that Illinois needs to increase its number of health care professional who participate in a disaster response registry. Additionally, Illinois earned a C+ for quality and patient safety, a D for access to emergency care, and a D+ for public health and injury prevention.

If you recall when you were young and brought home your report card, your parents could be elated or angry depending on the type of grades you brought home. Reflect on whether your parents would be happy with mostly C’s and D’s. Chances are that they would be pretty disappointed in you. If you would be disappointed in your own personal performances, you should not accept these grades for the care that goes toward your own body and life too.

Our Chicago attorneys are also firm believers that patients should not have to accept sub-par care for their health and emergencies. Our lawyers have fought to protect the rights of victims of medical malpractice for over 20 years and believe in holding medical professionals accountable when preventable medical errors cause patients in Illinois to suffer serious personal injuries or deaths. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you may have a legal cause of action. If you wish to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, we urge you to contact our firm for a free consultation as quickly as possible because Illinois imposes a time limit for (a statute of limitations) for the time in which you can file a lawsuit. Our attorneys would be happy to talk with you and discuss your case and help you determine the cause of action you wish to take to secure your rights and obtain the justice you deserve.