Chicago has a reputation for its phenomenal hospital system and top tier medical universities. Patients go to Chicago area hospitals trusting that they will receive the most expert care. Families bring their seriously ill loved ones to Chicago hospitals with the hope that bringing them to the best facilities with top notch doctors will help them heal and their conditions improve.
Not only should doctors live up to this reputation to represent their city and place of work, but because it is their legal duty to do so. When patients see a doctor, they are literally putting their life in the hands of the doctor. Because patients entrust themselves to a doctor, a doctor must use the utmost care and responsibility when providing healthcare to a patient. When a doctor fails in this regard, they can be held liable in a lawsuit for medical malpractice. A doctor commits malpractice when their actions or lack of actions cause a patient to suffer injury or their condition to worsen, and this would not have occurred but for the action or inaction of the medical provider.
According to a recent article by the Chicago Tribune, a family that filed a lawsuit in regards to their 6-year-old son settled a medical malpractice lawsuit for $30 million against a doctor who allegedly performed experimental surgeries on the patient. The Chicago doctor performed 25 surgeries in all on the child, and the final surgery left the boy with an irreversible brain injury and cerebral palsy. These 25 surgeries took place over a mere 17 months. The doctor utilized unproven methods to treat non-life-threatening conditions. The doctor was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a staff member at Rush University Medical Center. The child will now require lifelong medical care.
Some examples of medical malpractice include both action and inaction of the doctor. It is important to remember that it is still malpractice if a patient suffers harm in an instance where a doctor knows they should have acted for the patient’s health. For example, these instances can include missed or delayed diagnosis, misread x-rays or ultrasounds, medication and pharmaceutical errors, or spinal cord injuries.
Patients trust doctors with their health because doctors are medical experts and have expert medical knowledge to aid a patient. When their medical errors or medical negligence causes a patient injury, a condition that could have been prevented with proper care, or death, the doctor has breached their legal duty of care owed to the patient and can be held liable.
Our attorneys believe that patients ought to be able to trust that doctors will provide them with only expert healthcare and that patients should trust they will not be put in harm’s way when receiving healthcare. When a doctor fails to practice by their legal duty of care, they should be held accountable so that the healthcare system remains a safe place for patients. Our attorneys also wish to stress the importance of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit with immediacy. Like other personal injury lawsuits, medical malpractice claims fall under a statute of limitations. This is why if you or a family member has suffered from a medical injury, it is urgent that you file your claim as soon as possible.