Medical malpractice is a serious legal issue because patients trust and rely upon their healthcare providers that they will be treated safely and with the utmost care when they are in a vulnerable state of illness. When healthcare providers, like doctors, nurses, or nursing home staff intentionally or carelessly cause harm to a patient, they have breached their legal duty of care to keep the patient safe from harm. Medical negligence can cause patients to suffer serious injuries or illnesses that they would not have otherwise suffered but for the actions of medical malpractice.
In a recent article by the Cook County Record, an Alexian Brothers doctor has been accused of medical malpractice following a spinal surgery. The patient claims that the physician’s negligence caused him post-surgery complications and has filed suit in the Cook County District Court claiming professional negligence. The patient’s complaint describes how he was a patient since 2010 and that the doctor failed to properly perform a lower back spinal fusion surgery. As a result, this allegedly resulted in hip flexor weakness and has made him unable to lift his legs while sitting down. The patient claims that during surgery the doctor failed to properly position him on the operating table and also injured his femoral nerve, causing him pain and suffering. The patient now seeks damages over $50,000 plus court costs.
Medical malpractice involves negligent and careless actions committed by medical professionals. Malpractice can include wrongful actions or failure to act where actions were needed. Some examples of medical malpractice claims can include missed or delayed diagnoses, lack of informed consent, errors in treatment, spinal cord injuries, misread x-rays, or nursing home neglect.
Our firm has represented seriously injured victims in medical malpractice lawsuits for over 20 years. In the past our attorneys helped families and individuals obtain fair and just verdict and settlements, thereby obtaining compensation for their injuries and hardship and holding negligent wrongdoers accountable. Our lawyers have handled cases against many of the major hospitals and health systems in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois. For instance, in S.H. v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our attorneys obtained a record $14 million verdict against a doctor and hospital for ignoring abnormal chest x-ray results, which if they had not done, there would not have been a delay in diagnosing lung cancer.
If you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one due to the medical negligence of a healthcare professional, you too may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and suffering through a lawsuit. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential claims with you.