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Benefits of seeking a second opinion

Cancer has become a disease that most families have come face-to-face with at some point. The number of people diagnosed with various types of cancer each year are many. One positive thing for some people is that many types of cancer are possibly curable or at least manageable. That, however, does not negate the seriousness of a cancer diagnoses nor the impact on a person's life. If you have recently been told you have cancer, you may want to consider getting a second opinion.

DISCOVERY RULE PROVIDES NEW AVENUE FOR JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS IN WRONGFUL DEATH ACT AND SURVIVAL ACT CASES

The Illinois Supreme Court has now provided a new avenue for victims in wrongful death act and survival act cases: the discovery rule. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/13-212(a), the discovery rule establishes that, within a four-year statute of repose, any claim of malpractice against a physician or hospital must be filed within two years of the date on which the claimant knew or through the use of reasonable diligence should have known of the existence of the injury or death for which damages have been sought. In Moon v. Rhode, the Illinois Supreme Court found that it was an issue of fact in wrongful death and survival actions predicated upon medical malpractice as to when the individual knew of the injury and its negligent cause. The discovery rule can now extend the wrongful death act and survival act statute of limitations beyond the two-year anniversary of death. 

Malpractice settlement costs and apology laws

Medical malpractice suits across the country cost hospitals millions of dollars a year, and in Illinois, Crain’s Chicago Business reports that two public hospital systems alone have racked up over $160 million in settlement costs since 2012. The two Chicago hospital systems in question are University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System and Cook County Health and Hospitals System, and over the past four years, each have paid out at least $80 million for medical negligence settlements.

Top 4 emergency room errors

Although urgent care physicians serve many of the patients who might otherwise have gone to the hospital, emergency departments still see plenty of traffic. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 130 million visits to emergency rooms in the United States annually. Ideally, each of these patients would receive appropriate and effective care, but it is an unfortunate fact that ERs are common sites for medical errors and malpractice. There are several issues that are more common than others, but these four are the most likely ones a patient would encounter when visiting an emergency room in the US. 

We can help victims of misdiagnosis

In last week's post, we discussed how Illinois patients always have the right to seek a second opinion from another physician. This right is especially important when symptoms suggest a serious condition. Illinois doctors have an obligation to act in accordance with the accepted standards of care in their area of specialty when they diagnose conditions. Doctors are not required to be accurate 100 percent of the time. They are, however, expected to meet the standard of competence prevailing among other practitioners in their field. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors make the wrong diagnosis, or do not make the correct diagnosis in time.

Second opinions on diagnoses and 3 times when you should get them

If you have been diagnosed with a debilitating, life-threatening illness and are facing expensive, life-altering treatments, it's important that you trust your doctor implicitly. Even if you trust your doctor, human error may be an issue in creating a treatment plan. Some patients opt for a second opinion to determine if the treatment is the right course of action. You should always feel comfortable asking for a second opinion, and here is when to do it.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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