When a patient visits a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider, that patient deserves the utmost care that can be provided. That means using caution and safety practices as to not cause further injury to the patient. When this is not done and injury results, a patient may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
When patients are injured or killed by careless or intentional acts of healthcare providers, they can file a lawsuit for medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is a type of personal injury law that concerns when medical errors, including harmful actions or failing to act that results in harm, causes injury or death to a patient. Medical malpractice claims can include missed or delayed diagnosis, lack of informed consent, nursing home abuse or neglect, medical device errors, and medication or pharmaceutical errors, among other types of healthcare provider negligence.
According to a report by the Cook County Record, one woman is suing an Advocate nurse for injuries she received during a colonoscopy exam. According to the victim’s complaint, she suffered injuries while at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for a colonoscopy on February 27th when a nurse walked by her bed , catching her wrist and thumb. The victim filed the civil lawsuit the next day and is seeking over $50,000 in damages.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are subject to time limits for filing under the Illinois statute of limitations. The law explains that for personal injuries, such as medical malpractice, the time limit begins to run under the statute of limitations at the time the victim knew or should have known of the injury. According to Illinois Legal Aid, the time limit in Illinois for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is 2 years. In this discussed case you can see that the woman responded in a quick and timely manner at the very time she realized she was suffering from injuries, which is when the statute began to run. She took legal action the very next day.
Because of the time limit imposed under the statute of limitations, it is very important to not hesitate in taking legal action. If your or someone you love has been injured due to another’s medical negligence, you should speak to a legal professional about your potential legal claim. Our firm has represented clients in medical malpractice lawsuits since 1992 and our attorneys have helped many of our clients obtain fair and just settlements or verdicts for their injuries and suffering. Call us today for a free consultation, and we may also be able to help you obtain the justice that you deserve too.