When you go to an Illinois doctor, you have the right to assume that the care you will receive from the doctors, nurses and other providers meets a certain standard. Unfortunately, patients do not always receive quality care, and this can result in additional pain, suffering and medical treatment required. This is often the result of some type of medical negligence or mistake made by a care provider.
Medical malpractice victims do not have to suffer in silence. You may be unsure if what you experience counts as malpractice, and it may be beneficial for you to learn more about what counts as malpractice and how you can fight for justice. If you have a valid case, it is possible to pursue steps that will allow you to hold the responsible parties accountable for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of medical negligence.
Building a valid claim for medical malpractice
In order to have a valid claim, it will be necessary to present certain types of evidence that prove what you experienced while under the care of your doctor qualifies as medical malpractice. If you have proof of the following, you may have viable cause for action:
- Evidence of a duty owed to someone, such as the duty of a doctor to provide a certain standard of care to a patient
- Evidence that there was a breach of that duty by the doctor or other type of care provider
- Evidence that the breach of duty resulted in harm, pain, additional suffering and financial loss for the patient.
Determining if you have a valid medical malpractice claim can be difficult, which is why you may benefit from taking quick action to determine the legal options available to you. These cases are time-sensitive, and seeking an assessment of your case as soon as possible after a possible medical malpractice incident may preserve critical evidence and improve your chances of a successful claim.
Holding responsible parties accountable
If you believe that you are suffering as a result of the negligent actions or reckless decisions from a medical care provider, you do not have to remain silent. Through the civil justice system, you have the opportunity to hold the responsible parties accountable for what you experienced, and you may be able to recoup your losses and seek appropriate damages for your non-economic losses.