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Medical Malpractice

Have you or a loved one been the victim of medical malpractice in Illinois or Indiana? When illness or injury brings us to seek medical treatment, we expect that we will be cared for properly, and in the best manner appropriate for the situation. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to exercise the degree and skill that would be used by any medical professional, such as physicians or surgeons, under routine circumstances. Laws regarding medical malpractice are different for different states, and can be confusing to say the least. It is important to have a knowledgeable and competent attorney on your side to get you the maximum for your injuries or death of a loved one due to medical malpractice. The attorneys at Schafer and Schafer have over 70 years combined experience in helping victims of all types of personal injury recover the funds they deserve. Call today for a free consultation on your case.
Medical malpractice is a serious issue. Every year in the United States, over 225,000 people die as a result of malpractice. Statistics show that although about 1% of (approximately 7,700) physicians each year should be severely disciplined due to errors in judgment and medical mistakes. In truth less than half of that many are given serious disciplinary actions. Some of the most common reasons that a medical malpractice lawsuit should be brought against a medical professional or entity include:

 

  • Wrongful death
  • Birth injuries
  • Errors in medication type or dosages
  • Wrong diagnosis or treatment delayed
  • Mistakes on medical records
  • Performing surgical tasks without informed consent
  • Errors in surgery
  • Mistakes in emergency room

 

Time Limits for Filing a Claim

 

In very general terms, a claimant has two years from the date of the incident to file a claim. Both Illinois and Indiana have special circumstances regarding the filing of a claim when a minor child is involved. There are also extenuating circumstances that may allow for a claim to be filed longer than the two year deadline. Because medical malpractice law is complex and it is usually a very emotional time for the victim, or the family of the victim, it is important to have the support of an excellent law firm working for you. If you believe that your injury or the death of a loved one was caused by malpractice on the part of a medical professional or entity, it is important that you contact our firm right away to get started on your case. Initial consultations are free and we do not collect unless we collect for you. Schafer and Schafer is a family owned and run law firm, and we will do what is best for your family in this emotional time.