Medical Negligence

At Coogan Gallagher, our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to helping those who have suffered injuries due to preventable medical errors improve their lives with economic justice. We have successfully helped many clients and their families across the state of Illinois. Our attorneys have the experience to help you understand the issues, explain them to you, and represent you when you make a claim. Learn more below, and contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers

What Is Medical Malpractice?

When medical professionals fail to carry out medical treatment as a reasonable professional would do in the same circumstances, resulting in an injury or death of a patient, this is considered “medical malpractice.” Sometimes this is because of something that a physician or nurse does in error. Other times it can be because of a failure to order a test, make a diagnosis, or to perform a treatment. You have the right to make a claim and file a lawsuit against the practitioners that failed to meet their professional standards.

Medical malpractice can be committed by various medical professionals. This includes physicians, cosmetic surgeons, dentists, nurses, psychiatrists, and any and all medical providers, staff, and the hospitals or facilities where these services are provided.

Common Medical Malpractice & Negligence Issues

Today, some of the most common medical malpractice issues arise in areas such as:

  • Birth injuries
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Medical device and medication errors
  • Missed diagnoses that lead to injury or death
  • Medical negligence that leads to wrongful death
  • Nursing home injuries or death
  • Orthopedic surgery, general surgery, or other specialized types of surgery

Medical errors, in particular, are the third leading cause of death in the United States.  It is estimated that medical errors result in over 400,000 deaths annually in the United States. This includes inaccurate or incomplete diagnoses or treatments of behaviors, disease, infections, injuries, syndromes, or other issues.

Legal Requirements

In order to successfully bring a lawsuit for malpractice or medical negligence, the plaintiff (injured party) must:

  • Prove that the provider owed them a “duty” (i.e. that there was a provider-patient relationship established)
  • Prove that the provider failed to provide the appropriate level of treatment (facilitated by providing expert testimony)
  • Have suffered injuries or death

Statue of Limitations

It is important to note that there is a statute of limitations for filing medical malpractice claims in every state, including Illinois. As soon as you realize you have suffered due to a medical mistake, it’s important that you take action right away. Speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to help ensure that you are protected.

Chicago Medical Negligence Attorneys

When something seems to have gone wrong during medical care, it can be frightening and frustrating. Answers can be difficult to come by. Sometimes, turning to an experienced medical negligence attorney who can investigate the medical record and consult with an outside physician is the only way to get real answers.

One of the most important things our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers can do for you is to level the playing field. We can do this by assembling a legal team to protect your interests in the same way that the defendant parties have already disseminated teams of investigators and experts in an attempt to mitigate the doctor’s and/or hospital’s liability in the incident.

We know what medical negligence can do to you and your family. Contact us today to find out how we can help.


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