When Illinois residents enter a hospital for treatment, they are often too ill or too scared to pay close attention to the quality of the treatment they receive. Even if family members are close at hand, these individuals may be too upset to think clearly about the quality of treatment their loved ones are undergoing, opening the way for possible medical malpractice. People naturally assume that every procedure will be properly performed, but this is not necessarily the case. Instead of communicating with patients and their families about what procedures need to happen and when, hospital staff may gloss over this aspect of care, leaving patients in the dark.
When communication between medical institutions, patients and their families breaks down or is non-existent, serious situations can develop. The patient's condition may worsen, procedures such as incorrect administration of medication, anesthesia and the like may occur, possibly leading to long-term disability or even accidental death. Even when loved ones see deficiencies in medical care they may be afraid to say something, believing that the hospital staff knows best.
No two medical situations are the same. A Chicago medical malpractice attorney can tell the difference between situations where gross errors occur and those that occur due to circumstances that are beyond medical intervention. Such knowledge is crucial when seeking settlements against medical institutions and doctors whose actions are suspect.
Chicago medical malpractice attorneys are able to help plaintiffs in a variety of ways following an undesirable medical outcome that results in personal injury or accidental death. Plaintiffs may be able to seek compensation for pain and suffering, additional medical expenses, living expenses, lost work time and more if negligence is proven.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "A prescription for a fewer medical errors", Marie McCarren, June 25, 2013