How to Prove Medical Malpractice
Barry G. Doyle
If you are considering filing an Illinois medical malpractice claim, it is important for you to understand the importance of proving medical negligence. An Aurora medical malpractice attorney can go over your case to help you determine any challenges your specific case may present in this area.
When you are treated by a hospital or a doctor you expect to receive a certain standard of care. When doctors fail to provide that standard level of care, negligence may be involved; however, medical malpractice claims cannot be filed unless this negligence can be proven.
In order to pursue a medical malpractice claim against a doctor or hospital you must be able to prove the following:
- Hospital or doctor's duty to patient was expected
- Hospital or doctor failed to provide that duty
- The patient was injured
- The patient's injury was a direct result of the failure to provide the expected duty
In other words, an individual must have been injured by a hospital or doctor and it must have been the result of negligence. For example, just because a particular surgery did not result in the desired outcome does not mean negligence necessarily took place. However, if there were serious medical complications after your surgery because a surgeon left a sponge or medical instrument inside your body, that may constitute the level of negligence necessary to warrant a medical malpractice claim.
You can learn more about medical malpractice claims in Illinois by visiting our article library.
Contacting a Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C, our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys will examine all aspects of your claim, determine liability, and aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation due to you or your loved one for any injuries or loss of life due to medical malpractice. Contact us today for a free case evaluation - 312-263-1080.
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