Medical malpractice is a type of professional negligence where a health professional has acted to cause bodily injury or has failed to act where the professional should have, resulting in a medical error not up to the standard of care. According to Medical News Today, in the early 2000s alone, an average of 195,000 people died annually due to medical errors.
According to KFVS 12, six years following an incident of medical malpractice, a Williamson County, Illinois, jury awarded $2.4 million to the surviving family of a 47-year-old woman who died as a result of a preventable medical error at a Carbondale hospital.
Our lawyers and the families we serve understand that monetary compensation can in no way replace an individual who has died, nor can an individual’s life actually be measured in dollars. However, where there is no remedy at law to compensate someone (such as times where a life and loved one has been lost), a court must do so monetarily. Furthermore, not only does this compensation help the families of those who have died with their financial hardships such as medical bills and funeral expenses, but medical malpractice actions also set a legal example. Verdicts, such as this one, bring attention to the epidemic of preventable medical errors in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices throughout Illinois. When a medical malpractice suit reaches a verdict of a large sum, the entire medical and legal communities see these figures as a reality that medical malpractice is an extremely serious matter and wrongdoers will be held responsible for their actions. Such an example can work as a preventative method to encourage medical caution and deter future incidents and future loss of lives and loved ones.