There are many times in our life when we must place our lives and trust in the hands of medical professionals. Because they have expert knowledge, we rely on them for our healthcare needs. That being said, when we turn to a medical professional for our health, we should be able to trust that we will be taken care of and that our best interest will be in mind. We should not have to have fear that we or our loved ones’ condition will be made worse, or that a new harm or injury will be introduced, or an illness undetected. Unfortunately, it is all too common of an occurrence that medical professionals breach our trust and their legal duty to keep us safe and healthy when in their care. In these instances, victims or their family members can hold negligent parties accountable through medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuits.
An example of this comes from a recent article published by the Cook County Record, where a woman is seeking reimbursement and damages from Advocate Christ Medical Center for the alleged wrongful death of her mother. The hospital is located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn. According to the complaint, the woman’s mother was admitted for anemia and while in the hospital suffered various injuries. One of these injuries included development of decubitus ulcers, which the woman alleges is the result of neglect during her mother’s stay. The ulcer progressed into a stage II sacral decubitus ulcer upon her released from the hospital, which later resulted in her death. According to the report, on the basis of these ulcers, the plaintiff is citing negligence in her lawsuit, and seeks damages over $50,000.
Our lawyers have filed hundreds of pressure ulcer lawsuits similar to this case. We believe that when patients are in the care of medical professionals, that their condition should only improve, and not be worsened by unnecessary negligence and carelessness. Our attorneys represent clients who have been injured by the careless or intentional acts of healthcare providers, or who have lost family members to this type of negligence. Such lawsuits can include a missed or delayed diagnosis, lack of informed consent, birth injuries, medication and pharmaceutical errors, and neglect.
Those who can be involved in such lawsuits are not limited to doctors either. All healthcare providers can be negligent and cause injury or death to patients. These individuals include hospitals as an entity, nurses, psychiatrists, dentists, and chiropractors. When a healthcare provider’s medical error causes a patient to suffer injury or death, the healthcare provider can be held accountable through a medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuit. That is because these medical professionals owe their patients a legal duty of care, and when they act wrongfully whether intentionally or where they should have known better due to their expertise, under the law they have breached their legal duty of care owed to their patients.
Our lawyers believe patients should always be provided the best care, and that when they entrust their well-being to medical professionals, there is no reason for these individuals to be anything but diligent to the patients’ health. That is why for over 20 years we have fought for the rights of those who have suffered from medical negligence and their family members.