The Center for Justice & Democracy’s Pop Tort blog is questioning whether the Chicago Tribune is taking a new stance regarding Illinois medical malpractice. ThePopTort.com pointed out that historically, the Chicago Tribune’s editorials have repeatedly endorsed draconian caps on compensation for patients. For example, the editorials criticized Illinois courts for striking down Illinois medical malpractice caps as unconstitutional. Also, other editorials have given comfortable platforms to business-backed tort reform groups.
However, more recently, the Chicago Tribune published several articles about Illinois physicians who commit Illinois medical malpractice by sexually abusing their patients and the failure of regulators to do anything about it. This editorial was so striking in the Chicago Tribune because when the regulators fail, the civil justice system acts as the last line of defense. So, it was a near admission that the Chicago Tribune has affirmed a positive role for Chicago medical malpractice lawyers.
The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits play a vital role in justice and accountability. Medical malpractice lawsuits arise when individuals are injured by negligent or malicious doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, hospitals, or other health care providers. When a health care provider’s action causes injury to another person, they are said to be a “tort” or civil wrong, which may provide the basis for a lawsuit. When someone is found to be legally determined for injuring someone else, they are liable for the injury and may be able to pay the injured person compensatory damages, which attempt to put an injured person back in the position he or she was in before being injured.
Follow the link to read thepoptort.com piece on the change of heart in the Chicago Tribune regarding Illinois medical malpractice.