When A Bad Outcome Is The Result Of Negligence
Studies by the University of Chicago and other research institutions show that nearly one in five adults has experienced a medical error. Anyone in the health care chain – from nurses to doctors to surgeons – can make a mistake. Hospitals can also be found negligent when they put profits over safety.
Sometimes a mistake is caught and can be fixed, other times it leads to serious injury or death. At Zane D. Smith & Associates, Ltd., in Chicago, we are your advocates. We seek to find the truth and then help you recover all that you can to be as close to a whole person again as soon as possible.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice means that whoever was treating you or your loved one either did something to cause an injury or failed to do something to prevent an injury or harm. Medical providers are trained to take certain precautions and behave in a certain way to offer the greatest care and protection to each patient.
Some examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failing to diagnose your disease or injury
- Failing to recognize symptoms: stroke, heart attack, infection, etc.
- Misdiagnosing your ailment or disease
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Giving the wrong medication or dosage
- Failing to provide aftercare that leads to infection
Speak with our team of attorneys about what happened to you or a family member. Get the information and guidance you need to understand your rights.
The Standard Of Care
The standard of care is determined by comparing what the medical provider did to what other similarly trained providers in the area would do. Sometimes an injury is the result of poor judgement or reckless or careless treatment. These are a violation of a medical professional’s duty of care. Sometimes an outcome could not be foreseen or avoided, these instances may just be a bad outcome and not due to negligence.
Medicine is an evolving practice. There is always little room for error because humans are prone to mistakes. But when a medical professional makes a serious error or a loved one dies during or after a procedure, it is time to speak with an attorney.
Understand What Happened And Why
Our mission is to do the right thing; to hold negligent people or companies accountable. We know that sometimes people experience a bad outcome. Not every bad outcome is the result of negligence. We seek to determine why the bad outcome happened and then move forward. It is important for you to know what really happened and to understand your rights given the facts. We will help you understand this process. We will also let you know how our representation can meet your needs.
Set Up A Free Meeting To Talk About The Mistake
A bad outcome can be disconcerting. We know you may be unsure of what to do. You may be unsure of what really happened and just want to find out what we think happened, given our extensive experience with personal injury cases. That is perfectly normal. We welcome your phone call. We may be able to give you the information you need right away.
Call us at 312-245-0031 or use our contact form to get in touch. We offer free review for people who want to understand if they have a medical malpractice case. We serve injured clients and their families throughout all of Chicago. Members of our legal team also speak Russian and Spanish.