Medical Malpractice & Birth Injury Cases Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Just like anyone else, medical doctors and other healthcare providers are liable for injuries they cause due to their negligence. However, it is often difficult to prove a doctor, nurse, or another medical professional was negligent, as it can be difficult to differentiate between a reasonable mistake and a failure to uphold the standard of care.
It takes a significant degree of skill, experience, and training to determine whether the medical professional in question has failed to live up to the standard of care expected of them. Such cases can become very complicated. It’s important to work with an Illinois medical malpractice attorney who understands the specific illness/condition, as well as the treatment for that illness/condition, which may have given rise to the injury.
With over a century of combined experience, our attorneys understand how to pursue these cases. We have successfully recovered more than $200 million for our clients, both in settlement negotiations and at trial, and we are prepared to put our resources and experience on your side.
Many babies are born with defects or deformities. Some of these are the result of unnecessary or incompetent medical procedures. Likewise, mothers can suffer injuries due to negligent prenatal care or labor and delivery procedures.
In either event, the law is the same as for any other medical malpractice case. A doctor or another healthcare provider can be held liable for birth injuries only if it can be shown that they failed to live up to the professional standard of care expected of them. Proving such cases requires diligent and experienced Illinois birth injury attorneys.
Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice & Birth Injury Claims in Illinois
In the state of Illinois, you only have a certain amount of time to bring a medical malpractice or birth injury claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims, which includes birth injury cases, is two years from the date of the injury or the date at which the patient knew of or reasonably should have known of the injury/condition.
In other words, if you undergo an operation and the surgeon makes a mistake, but you do not realize you were injured until you begin to develop an infection a few days after being discharged from the hospital, you will have two years from the date at which you realized the surgeon made a mistake, resulting in your injuries.
In any case, the sooner you begin to build a case, the better. Over time, evidence can be lost, witness accounts can fade from memory, and other important details can be more difficult to gather. If you believe you suffered an injury or medical condition due to malpractice, or if you believe your child was harmed as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, reach out to us right away for a free consultation.
Dedicated Help for Serious Injuries
At Sam C. Mitchell & Associates, our medical malpractice lawyers in Illinois have the training and experience necessary to tackle the difficult legal issues that arise in medical malpractice cases.