Medical Malpractice

Why Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney?

Medical malpractice encompasses any situation in which a medical professional fails to provide the accepted standard of care, resulting in the bodily harm or death of a patient. Also called medical negligence, medical malpractice may include misdiagnosis, failure to monitor a patient’s status, prescribing or administering a wrong medication, and mistakes made during surgery or the birthing process.

Medical negligence laws differ from state to state, so it is important to find a lawyer well versed in the laws of Illinois. Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers have many years experience in Illinois medical malpractice law and can successfully guide you through the litigation process. If you or a loved one has been injured by a medical professional in Chicago, contact our medical malpractice lawyers for a free review of your case.

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Birth Injury

Mistakes made during the birthing process can have tragic, lifelong consequences for both family and child. When complications arise during delivery, doctors must be alert to any signs of fetal distress and act within minutes to ensure proper oxygen supply to the fetus and prevent injury. This often involves performing a cesarean section.

If a doctor fails to recognize and respond appropriately to an emergency situation, or ensure that necessary staff and hospital equipment are available, the infant can suffer debilitating injury and/or permanent brain damage. Our Chicago birth injury attorneys have won landmark recoveries for birth injury claims and can help you obtain the compensation you need to care for your child. If your child has been injured as a result of medical negligence in Chicago, contact the birth injury attorneys at Rubin, Machado & Rosenblum today.

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Failure to Diagnose

Failure to diagnose a medical condition properly and in a timely manner can have catastrophic consequences. In these cases, a medical professional may not order the right diagnostic tests in time, or attribute symptoms to the incorrect condition. Regardless of the reasons for a misdiagnosis, if it adversely affects a patient's health, victims may be entitled to compensation through a malpractice lawsuit.

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Hospital Infection

Medical professionals have the responsibility to provide patients with clean, sanitary conditions. Studies have shown that hospital-acquired infections can be dramatically reduced when reasonable practices are put in place that promote sanitation, such as regular and thorough hand-washing. Infection contracted during or immediately following surgery can lead to very serious health problems, including death. If you have contracted an infection in the hospital, our medical malpractice attorneys can fight for your rights and help you secure the compensation you deserve.

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Surgical Errors

When a surgeon breaches the expected standard of care, it can have devastating repercussions. Surgical errors may include performing surgery on the wrong part of the body, negligent use of surgical instruments, or not properly following up with the patient after their procedure, among other factors. Our lawyers have a proven track record of establishing the important link between a sub-par surgical experience and your injury, effectively making the case that can recover the damages you need to begin healing. 

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Pharmacy Errors

Negligence in a pharmacy setting can mean patients receive the wrong dosage of the correct medication, or the incorrect prescription altogether. Other common errors include providing erroneous instructions, or incorrectly labeling the prescription bottle. Instead of helping patients as medications should, prescription errors can mean a patient becomes sicker, creating a domino effect of health problems. The pharmacy culture today too often values quickly delivering medications, rather than providing a high quality of care. If you or a loved one has experienced undue suffering as a result of a pharmaceutical error, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice suit.

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Nursing Home Abuse

As our population ages, more of our elderly family members are relying on assisted living facilities to provide around-the-clock support. While some nursing homes are places of comfort and safety, unfortunately, some others are not. Facilities that are focused only on profit too often deliver substandard care. Patients may be neglected or abused in an understaffed facility, or at the hands of employees who do not have the skills to properly care for patients. There are a host of signs that your loved one may be suffering nursing home abuse, including bed sores, weight loss, poor hygiene, or missing personal items. Victimizing vulnerable, elderly individuals is unconscionable, and guilty parties should be held accountable. 

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Negligent Follow-Up Care

Medical professionals are held to a certain standard of care that must be provided to each patient. If your doctor has failed to administer the appropriate follow-up care after your treatment, you may be entitled to compensation for related injuries or complications such as infection.

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