No matter if you have been the victim of medical malpractice due to a surgical mistake, misdiagnosis, delay in treatment, prescription misfill, failure to diagnose or birth injury the first question that our clients ask when they walk through our front door is Do I have A Case? In order to answer this question it is important to know what medical malpractice means in Illinois. Simply put, medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission on the part of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional in which the care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury to the patient. The standard of practice is simply what a medical professional is required to do under like or similar circumstances.
What Do I Need to Prove?
In order to prove a medical malpractice case in Illinois a patient must demonstrate through the expert testimony of a doctor or other professional that the conduct of the defendant doctor fell below the accepted standard of practice in a given situation and due to that conduct harm was caused to the patient. Experts are required to prove medical negligence because of the specialized nature of a physician or other health care providers knowledge.