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Wrongful death: Medical errors rank 3rd in causes of death

Visiting a medical facility for treatment can be a scary and stressful experience and the level of care patients receive can have a significant impact on their health. Any form of negligence that is present during the treatment of a patient can have disastrous results, and in some cases, errors can prove fatal. Families in Illinois who lose a loved one due to medical errors may wish to pursue accountability through a wrongful death lawsuit, but the process can be intimidating.

While medical professionals and facilities are constantly working on increasing patient care, medical errors continue to be a major issue. Studies indicate that medical errors rank as high as third in leading causes of deaths across the nation. Recent reports suggest that medical negligence is responsible for up to 250,000 deaths every year, with many more suffering serious harm when a proper standard of care is not provided.

Medical errors can take place in a variety of scenarios, such as a mistake during a surgical procedure or a failure to diagnose a medical condition. Any errors in the treatment of a patient can have disastrous results that could leave a person with severe or permanent damage. Such negligence may also apply to those who are subjected to medical neglect or abuse, and such treatment can have cataclysmic, if not fatal consequences.

Losing a loved one due to medical errors can be devastating and those who experience such loss may wish to exercise their right to purse restitution in civil court. Since the process can be complex, a person could benefit from seeking guidance from an experienced attorney early on. An attorney can examine the circumstances a client in Illinois is facing and assist in pursuing the full amount of restitution deserved through a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

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A: Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital worker or hospital, whose treatment of a patient departs from a standard of care met by those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient...

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