Illinois residents often put the lives of their loved ones into the hands of medical professionals. They trust that the doctors, nurses and other medical staff attending to their family members will keep them safe. When that does not happen and a patient dies due to a medical mistake, the victim's surviving family may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties believed to be responsible.
Medical professionals are highly trained individuals, but they are still human. Just like the rest of us, they are capable of making mistakes. When someone in the health care field makes a mistake, however, it can easily lead to a patient's death. Fatal mistakes can occur from any number of sources in a hospital.
Surgical errors, medication errors and incorrect or delayed diagnoses are just some of the mistakes that can occur. Many mistakes occur in emergency rooms where time is often at a premium. In addition, even though women have been giving birth for centuries, errors in the delivery room can cause death to the mother, the child or both.
If you lost a loved due to a suspected error by an Illinois doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it would be advisable to contact a medical malpractice attorney. After reviewing the case, a more detailed investigation could be conducted in order to determine the party or parties deemed responsible. If appropriate, a wrongful death claim can be filed. If negligence is proved through available evidence, you may be awarded damages to help with the financial burdens thrust upon you when your loved one passed away.