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OL malpractice lawyerAlmost every life has been touched by cancer in some way. Breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, lymphoma, and other types of cancer kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Fortunately, advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer have reduced the number of people who die from the disease. The American Cancer Institute estimates that there will be 22.2 million cancer survivors by the year 2030. However, a cancer sufferer cannot start potentially life-saving treatment until he or she receives a diagnosis. When a medical professional fails to diagnose cancer, the victim or the victim’s surviving loved ones may bring a medical malpractice claim against the negligent medical professional.

When is a Medical Professional Considered Negligent?

Failure to diagnose cancer can lead to unnecessary suffering, massive medical debt, and even an avoidable patient death. If a doctor or other medical professional fails to diagnose cancer, this may be an example of medical negligence. The cancer sufferer or the surviving loved ones may bring a medical malpractice claim against the medical professional.

Medical malpractice occurs when:

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Il malpractice lawyerIf you or a loved one recently required surgery to treat a medical condition and something went wrong, you are probably looking for answers. You may question if the problem you or your loved one encountered during surgery was the fault of a medical professional’s negligence or the result of a surgical mistake. You may also wonder what your legal options are if you were the victim of medical malpractice. Surgical errors are rare, but when they occur, the results can be life-changing.

Surgical Mistakes Can Lead to Preventable Patient Suffering

Surgeons and other medical professionals are human and they sometimes make mistakes. However, when a mistake is egregious or the result of the medical professional’s negligent behavior, the professional may be guilty of medical malpractice. Examples of surgical errors that may justify a medical malpractice claim include:

  • Improper sanitation of equipment or devices that leads to patient infection
  • Surgical mistakes resulting in nerve damage or internal organ damage
  • Use of contaminated or defective equipment
  • Administering the wrong type of medication or the wrong dose of medication during surgery
  • Using a surgical technique that is unnecessarily risky
  • Performing unneeded surgery

Some surgical errors are so unacceptable that they are called “never events” because they should never happen. Never events include:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_er-malpractice.jpgEmergency rooms are often chaotic, high-stress environments. ER doctors, nurses, and other staff deal with time-sensitive medical crises all day. They handle everything from broken bones caused by car accidents to heart attacks and strokes. If you or a loved one received substandard treatment in an emergency room or were the victim of an ER mistake, you may wonder whether the emergency room staff’s conduct constituted medical malpractice. There are many factors involved in emergency room medical malpractice claims, so it is best to discuss your concerns with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

ER Doctors and Medical Staff Have a Legal Duty to Provide Competent Care

When a person visits the emergency room, a positive outcome is not guaranteed. Sometimes, saving a patient from injury or death is not possible. However, there are some cases in which an ER patient is harmed because a doctor or other staff makes an unacceptable mistake. ER medical malpractice occurs when the following elements are present:

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed. To have a valid medical malpractice claim, you must be an actual patient in the ER. For example, you cannot sue an ER nurse for inadequate treatment that he or she provided during a social gathering.
  • You received negligent care. A doctor or other medical professional acts negligently when he or she provides care that fails to meet the accepted “standard of care.” This standard of care refers to the degree of skill and competency that an average medical professional in the same position would have provided in similar circumstances. Testimony from expert witnesses is often used to establish whether or not a medical professional’s care violated the standard of care during a medical malpractice claim.
  • You suffered harm because of the negligent care. Proving that an ER doctor or nurse provided substandard care is not enough to satisfy the criteria for medical malpractice. You must also show that you suffered harm or “damages” because of the negligent care. Damages in an ER medical malpractice claim may include additional medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages from missed work, reduced income-earning capacity, and other losses.

Contact a Waukegan ER Negligence Lawyer

If you suspect that you or a loved one were the victims of emergency room malpractice, contact a Lake County medical malpractice attorney from Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. Our team will investigate your case and help you determine if medical malpractice has occurred. If you were the victim of ER malpractice, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call our office today at 847-662-3303 and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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IL injury attorneyWhile some surgeries are riskier than others, there are risks associated with every surgical procedure. Even a routine, minimally-invasive surgery may result in a patient’s serious injury or death. In some cases, a patient’s operating room death is unavoidable. He or she may have had an adverse reaction to anesthesia or suffered from an unknown medical problem that leads to a fatal complication during surgery. However, some deaths are directly linked to the negligent or misinformed actions of the surgeon or surgical staff. If your loved one passed away during surgery, you may question the true cause of your loved one’s death.

How Do I Know If the Death Was Caused by Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice claims are personal injury claims that are brought against negligent medical professionals or medical facilities. The standard that is typically used to determine if a medical professional’s conduct was negligent is the “medical standard of care.” The medical standard of care refers to the type of care that a reasonable medical professional with similar qualifications would have performed under similar circumstances. Examples of surgical errors that may cause or contribute to a patient’s wrongful death include:

  • Administering an inappropriate amount of anesthesia medication
  • Cutting or severing an artery or vein
  • Performing a surgical procedure that was unnecessary
  • Using surgical techniques or procedures that are unreasonably risky
  • Using incorrect surgical methods

How a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Benefit Surviving Loved Ones

If your loved one has passed away and you suspect that a surgical mistake contributed to his or her death, you may wonder how a lawsuit will benefit you and your family. Money cannot bring back your loved one, but it can provide important financial relief and hold the negligent party responsible for the mistake. Though a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation for your loved one’s medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and your own losses resulting from the untimely death. You may receive compensation for the loss of your loved one’s income and employment benefits as well as the loss of his or her companionship, guidance, or affection.

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