CHICAGO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS
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Medical malpractice cases arise when doctors, dentists, nurses and hospitals fail to adhere to accepted standards of care. Patients place unbridled trust in healthcare professionals and can suffer traumatic and possibly fatal repercussions when medical providers and institutions fail to live up to their duties. According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University , medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in America after heart disease and cancer.
Misdiagnosis is likely the most common type of medical malpractice case. An incorrect diagnosis means a patient is not only receiving the wrong treatment, but also that his or her actual medical condition is not being treated at all. Proper diagnosis is critical in cases involving fast-moving conditions such as cancer or brain aneurysms, where early detection could mean the difference between life and death. In 2019, Cavanagh Law Group obtained a $3.6 million settlement in a medical malpractice and wrongful death case involving an Illinois woman who died of a brain aneurysm after hospital staff failed to perform a necessary MRI.
Many medical malpractice cases involve negligence on the part of physicians or hospital systems. Providers could contaminate samples; report the wrong results to a patient; misread tests such as CT scans, X-rays, MRIs and bloodwork; leave a foreign object or surgical instrument inside a patient’s body; or perform the wrong surgical procedure. Injuries and deaths may also arise from equipment failures related to manufacturer defects or improper maintenance.
Medical malpractice cases are won through meticulous research and analysis. At Cavanagh Law Group, our attorneys retain top medical experts to reconstruct every detail of a patient’s treatment and medical history. We prepare each case for trial with an extraordinarily high level of detail. Previous settlements include $14 million for the family of a boy who suffered a severe brain injury during birth, $7.5 million for a brain injury victim who suffered from improper treatment and $1.45 million in a wrongful death case caused by improper treatment.
BIRTH TRAUMA INJURIES
Birth injury lawsuits can be filed after labor or delivery negligence results in trauma to a newborn child. Injuries can include disfigurement, brain damage, brachial plexus injuries, spinal cord injuries, collar bone fractures, cerebral palsy, facial nerve palsy and other disabilities that require a lifetime of care. Families often struggle financially to provide their children with necessary physical therapy, caretakers and specialized services.
Birth injuries can stem from a number of negligent practices, including improper forceps or vacuum use, delaying a necessary Cesarean section, failing to properly use the labor-inducing drug Pitocin or failing to respond quickly to bleeding, fetal distress or umbilical cord entanglement.
About Cavanagh Law Group
Cavanagh Law Group has obtained more than $650 million in verdicts and settlements in Illinois and across the United States. Our veteran trial attorneys are aggressive advocates who practice every facet of personal injury law and take on cases of all sizes. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win. At Cavanagh Law Group, we pride ourselves on attentive customer service and being there for families in their times of need. Our well respected, award-winning attorneys are available 24/7 for your questions and concerns. To schedule a free case evaluation, call 312-425-1900.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I was involved in a car accident?
Call the police immediately and file a police report. Even if the damage was minor, it is essential to document what happened with a law enforcement agency. Take photos at the scene.
Never admit fault. Your testimony could be used against you at a later date. While you are required to speak to police, there is no obligation to talk to another person’s attorney or insurance company. Avoid providing written or oral statements.
Report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as possible — but don’t admit fault. Many insurance companies have rules requiring policyholders to report crashes within a certain timeframe. Check your policy to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines.
Visit a doctor as soon as possible after the crash. Whether you’re filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, it is imperative that a medical professional documents your injuries.
Hire an attorney. Cavanagh Law Group’s team of veteran trial attorneys will help you obtain maximum benefits through meticulous research, proven strategy and expert testimony.
Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault?
Yes. Illinois has comparative negligence laws, which allow injured parties to have some degree of fault in an accident and still recover reduced damages. The amount of money recovered may be proportional to the degree to which a person is at fault. Insurance companies make determinations following interviews with witnesses and involved parties and a thorough review of the accident report.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Under Illinois law, people have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. That timeframe drops to one year if the claim is against a municipal government, such as a city or county.