Most Illinois residents do not expect to leave a medical facility in worse shape than when they arrived. They expect medical personnel to be competent and not to make mistakes. Unfortunately, mistakes can happen, and some of those mistakes can cause a permanent brain injury that will forever alter the life of the patient.
Many of the brain injuries that occur in medical facilities are due to a lack of oxygen. It takes only minutes for brain damage to occurand if the appropriate treatment is not begun immediately, the damage will continue to worsen and could be deadly. Even if your life or the life of someone you love is saved, permanent damage might have been done.
If that is the case, you or your family member could end up needing lifelong medical attention and other assistance. It would be in your best interest to contact an Illinois attorney who can explain your legal rights and let you know whether a medical malpractice claim would be appropriate. A review of the circumstances surrounding the injury could help determine what went wrong and who was may be liable.
Most medical malpractice cases can easily become complex, but when dealing with a brain injury, they can be even more of a challenge. Your attorney can bring in medical professionals to help prepare the case and even testify if the case goes to trial. Along the way, a settlement offer might be made, and it will need to be reviewed to determine whether it would be better to take the offer or continue to trial. Recommendations will be made, but the ultimate decision is yours. Your -- or your family member's -- recovery and quality of life are the most important aspects of the case, and you need an attorney who understands this and yet will fight for you and your family.