When we think in terms of medical malpractice, we tend to think of incidents where a surgeon leaves a towel or an instrument in a patient, or where the wrong arm or leg was amputated. There are also occasional instances where a prescription drug is something other than what actually was prescribed. Acts of medical malpractice such as these are the ones that often make the headlines, but there are a great many more instances where a claim for compensation can and should be submitted, many of which you may not even be aware of.
Medical malpractice isn’t always something that happens during the course of a surgical procedure, or when a prescription is being filled. There are times when malpractice occurs over an extended period of time. A prime example of this would be that of the health of a resident of a nursing home deteriorating because that person had been receiving substandard care. Substandard care could be the result of negligence, which in turn implies carelessness, or more likely from neglect whether it was intentional or not.
* Filing a medical malpractice claim may be in order in the event of a misdiagnosis, a delayed diagnosis, or a failure to provide a diagnosis when one is called for.
* Filing a medical malpractice claim may be in order when a medical practitioner is unaware of risk factors that should be known and understood, or has failed to advise the patient of those risk factors.
* Filing a medical malpractice claim may be in order in cases of surgery when anesthesia has been improperly administered, when an organ not being operated on is inadvertently injured, or when post-operative care is poor or sub-standard.
* Filing a medical malpractice claim may be in order when a prescription for medication is in error, or the wrong dosage, often an overdose, of a medication was given.
These are just a few cases in which one can legitimately claim that medical malpractice has taken place. In most, if not all instances, malpractice involves not following standard practices. In fact, if you choose to file a claim for malpractice, you will need to be able to prove substandard procedures were followed, which in turn means that whatever constitutes a standard procedure will have to be made known.
Under Illinois law, there is a statute of limitations under which a malpractice claim must be filed, which is within two years of the time such malpractice is believed to have occurred.
If you believe you have good reason to file a medical malpractice claim, it will always be in your best interest to consult with those who specialize in such claims. The Womick Law Firm CHTD, located in Carbondale, Illinois, has as several such members of its team, attorneys well versed in the area of medical malpractice. One or more of the members of the Womick team can provide the expert legal advice and representation you need to reach an agreeable settlement.