Medical Malpractice Cases Are Complex
Medical personnel and medical facilities are responsible for the wellbeing of their patients. In the event of negligence, misdiagnosis, incorrect medicines, etc., the physician or hospital may be found guilty of medical malpractice.
Chicago medical malpractice lawyers represent clients that have been injured, or worse, as a result of substandard care or negligence.
Complex and lengthy proceedings:
Medical malpractice cases are usually very complex; as such there is a great deal of background work and research that must be done by the parties involved, this is especially true for the insurance companies involved. Rarely will a defendant in a case such as this be willing to settle early, the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must be willing to wait for a considerable amount of time before the case is concluded. As the plaintiff, you will want to ensure that the Chicago medical malpractice lawyers you engage to represent you are people that you feel comfortable working with; chances are you will be together for a considerable length of time.
Presentation of proof:
There are a number of proofs that must be met in a medical malpractice law suit. Firstly, your lawyer must prove to the satisfaction of the court that the physician owed the plaintiff a duty and there was a standard of care that was breached. As well as establishing these facts, it is necessary to prove that the breach of duty is that which led to the purported harm and lastly, there must be damages that are directly related to the injury or harm.
Chicago medical malpractice lawyers usually take cases of this nature based on contingency. When the case is settled in favor of their client; an agreed upon percentage of the settlement goes toward legal fees. Depending on the nature of the case the court may award punitive damages as well as compensatory damages.
If you believe you were harmed as a result of negligence on the part of medical personnel or facility you may wish to hire Chicago medical malpractice lawyers and sue for compensation. You are invited to discuss your claim with the Shea Law Group. Like us on our facebook page.