Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys represent people who have been harmed as a result of negligence on the part of doctors, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes and surgery centers across Illinois. We are committed to holding medical providers for injuries, complications and deaths caused by their errors or omissions.
Anytime a lawsuit is filed against a medical professional in Illinois courts, the case falls under the category of ‘medical negligence’ and must follow specific guidelines set forth by the state legislature. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers regularly represents individuals and families in these cases and is familiar with the procedural requirements to file these cases.
After we have complied with the procedural requirements, we then focus on how we can maximize the value of each case under Illinois law. For many medical negligence lawsuits, we draw upon the expertise of some of the leading experts in the fields of life care planning, vocational counseling and economics to help relay the extent of an injury to a judge or jury who may determine the outcome of a case.Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
Examples of medical malpractice cases we work on include:
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries such as cerebral palsy or brain damage to an infant
- Misdiagnosis of an illness
- Anesthesia errors
- Emergency room mistakes
- Misread x-rays or diagnostic testing
- Errors made by nurses or hospital staff
- Unexpected death of a patient
Not all medical malpractice cases are worth a lot of money. An error made by a doctor which is caught quickly or results in minimal long-term consequences is likely not worthwhile to pursue from an economic perspective—the costs of litigation may equal or exceed a recovery.
When we accept a medical negligence case, we work to explore every aspect of damages compensable under the law of the State of Illinois. Illinois recognizes both ‘economic’ and ‘non-economic’ damages including:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of normal life
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Funeral expenses (in a wrongful death case)
- Loss of society (in a wrongful death case)
Attorneys who represent the physicians and hospitals named in a lawsuit vigorously defend most medical malpractice cases. These cases generally take years to proceed through the court system to trial or settlement. Our firm is keenly aware of headwinds faced by individuals and families who have been harmed by medical malpractice in Illinois. When you retain our office you can be assured that your attorney will guide you though the litigation process and keep you advised as your case proceeds.
We handle medical negligence cases on a contingency fee system where we receive a legal fee only when we have recovered compensation for you. There is never an expense to talk to an attorney about a case. We invite you to complete the case intake form or call our office to arrangement for a consultation.
- $4,500,000: We represented the family of a 55-year-old man who went to a hospital for a ‘routine’ heart procedure. During the procedure, an artery was cut. Neither the surgeon or hospital staff identified the issued despite clear problems with vital signs. The man died in the hospital less than 24-hours after the procedure. A Chicago hospital paid the settlement.
- $2,995,000: An emergency room failed to run tests related to the diagnosis of a stroke despite the fact that our client presented with classic symptoms on two separate occasions. Eight days later, she suffered a massive stroke that left her completely immobile. Our expert demonstrated that the hospital violated its own policies and procedures.
- $2,700,000: Medical malpractice, a 48-year-old man who was poorly monitored following surgery and allowed to fall from his hospital bed sustained a closed head injury that required an emergency surgery to relieve pressure. While the man was unable to return to his pre-injury employment, he was able to return to the workforce.
- $2,400,000 : Following a thoracic surgery, our client developed some circulatory issues in his legs and feet. His physician or hospital staff did not discover the complications until it progressed to the point where he required an above-the-knee amputation.
- $1,259,000 : Settlement secured from a surgeons insurance company after our client developed an infection and other complications when surgical sponges and staples were left in his chest cavity. The infection required two additional surgeries.
- $875,000: Medical negligence. An 88-year-old man developed multiple pressure sores to his buttocks, ankles and head during an admission to a hospital. The wounds became infected and necessitated an extended stay at a series of long-term care facilities. The man passed due to complications from an underlying illness as opposed to the pressure sores.