Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath and swear to do no harm. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care professionals sometimes make mistakes that can have resounding effects on a patient’s life. When a doctor, hospital or nursing home provides substandard care, it can result in harm to patients.

Victims of medical malpractice are often entitled to significant compensation for their injuries. If you think you may have a claim for medical malpractice, you should contact the attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Viglione as soon as possible.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider deviates from the accepted standard of care present in the medical community, and this deviation from the standard of care causes injury or death to a patient.

An example of medical malpractice is when a patient undergoing surgery is given a certain type of anesthetic that the doctor should know, based on previous treatment, the patient is allergic to. The patient dies as a result of an allergic reaction to the anesthetic. In this case, the doctor has deviated from the accepted standard of care prevalent in the community by not reviewing the patient’s records for allergies. This is a classic example of medical malpractice.

Misdiagnosis, the act of incorrectly diagnosing a patient’s ailment, can also result in harm to a patient and may be considered medical malpractice. Delayed diagnosis that deviates from the accepted standard of care prevalent in the community can also result in harm to a patient and be considered medical malpractice.

Types Of Medical Malpractice

Not all mistakes made by health care professionals constitute medical malpractice. That is why it often takes time, investigation and research by experienced attorneys in order to prove a medical malpractice claim.

The attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Viglione have experience representing clients who have suffered from a wide array of medical malpractice claims, including, but not limited to:

  • Professional malpractice — doctor, hospital, nurse, pharmacist or therapist
  • Birth injuries
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Surgical accidents or mistakes
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Drug overdose
  • Administration of the wrong medication
  • Nursing home abuse/nursing home negligence

Types Of Damages Recoverable In A Medical Malpractice Action

The state of Illinois provides that economic and noneconomic damages can be recovered in medical malpractice suits:

  • Economic damages include lost wages and other costs and expenses resulting from medical malpractice.
  • Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.

How Ryan, Ryan & Viglione Can Help You

Medical malpractice is a uniquely complex area of law. Successful attorneys must not only understand the legal side but also must be well-versed in standards of care and the inner workings of the health care industry. Our team works with a diverse team of consultants consisting of health care professionals who can help determine whether medical malpractice was in fact committed.

In many cases, the full effects of these negligent acts are not initially known. Our team has the insight and experience to identify the long-term ramifications and seek appropriate compensation.

Send Us An Email Or Give Us A Call

If you think that you or someone you know may have been the victim of medical malpractice, you should contact the attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Viglione to discuss your case. Our partner Kathy Ryan is a former registered nurse and uses her skills to review medical records to determine if an error has occurred. This allows for the expedited review of potential claims.

Put years of experience in your corner. Contact our Waukegan or Chicago offices by calling 847-244-1436, or send us an email. All initial consultations are free, and we get paid on a contingency basis, meaning you do not owe us anything unless we win your case.

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