When you seek medical treatment, you expect your healthcare provider to remedy your illness or injury with utmost care and attention. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and many people end up worse off than they were before.
If this happened to you, you might be entitled to seek damages for your financial losses, pain, and mental suffering.
The Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve by proving that the medical professional was negligent. We have over 74 years of combined experience and have acquired more than $150 million for injured victims throughout DuPage County, Illinois.
Contact our law office at (630) 428-4040 to set up a free initial consultation with an experienced DuPage County medical malpractice lawyer. You can call us or contact us online 24/7 to discuss your case and determine your legal options.
How Can the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid Help You With a Medical Malpractice Claim in DuPage County, IL?
Medical malpractice claims are complex and require the assistance of expert witnesses and legal professionals who regularly handle these cases. Additionally, hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices are often protected by insurance companies with vast resources to defend them and make it as difficult as possible for victims to recover fair compensation.
Our DuPage County personal injury lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and experience to take on these formidable opponents and hold the medical professional liable for your damages.
If you hire the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid to handle your medical malpractice case, we’ll:
- Investigate and gather evidence surrounding the medical incident that gave rise to your injury
- Consult leading medical experts to prove every element of your case, including a breach of duty, causation, liability, and the value of your damages
- Provide honest, compassionate legal advice and ensure you understand your rights and options throughout the case
- Negotiate with hospitals, insurance companies, and others on your behalf and ensure that you recover a fair settlement that fully compensates you for your losses
- Represent you at trial if we fail to secure a fair out-of-court settlement for you
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule a free case evaluation. Our DuPage County personal injury attorneys are fierce advocates for medical malpractice victims, and we’re ready to help you reach the most favorable outcome possible in your case.
What Is Medical Malpractice in Illinois?
Physicians and other healthcare professionals must adhere to a certain standard of care. If they breach their duty of care and harm a patient, they can be held liable for damages in a medical malpractice claim. The breach can be a negligent act or omission.
The applicable standard of care is evaluated based on what a reasonable professional in the same medical field and with a similar background and specialty would’ve done in similar circumstances.
It’s important to note that not all adverse results amount to medical malpractice. The medical field is constantly evolving, and every patient is different. Doctors must often make split-second decisions. If the decision results in harm, it doesn’t necessarily mean the doctor was negligent.
The question is whether their decision was reasonable (i.e., whether a similarly-situated doctor would’ve made the same decision).
What Is the Value of My DuPage County Medical Malpractice Claim?
All medical malpractice claims are unique, with different victims, errors, and resulting injuries.
Accordingly, the value of your injury claim will depend on various factors, such as:
- The type of treatment you received and how it worsened or caused your injury or condition
- The medical error involved
- The impact of the medical malpractice on your quality of life and ability to work
- The pain and suffering caused by the medical mistake
- Whether your injury will require ongoing treatment or surgeries
- Whether you have suffered a permanent disability or impairment from the malpractice
We need to talk to you and determine how the medical error has impacted your life to better understand what your claim may be worth. We may also need to confer with medical and financial experts to determine how your injury will affect you in the future.
What Compensation Is Available To Medical Malpractice Victims in DuPage County, Illinois?
Victims in DuPage County can seek compensation for the financial (economic) and intangible (non-economic) losses caused by the medical professional’s negligence.
Economic damages could include:
- Medical expenses, such as extended hospitalization caused by the error
- Future medical care costs if you need ongoing treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, nursing care, or physical therapy
- Medical devices or equipment
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Non-economic damages could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Chronic pain
- Mental anguish
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or anxiety
- Diminished quality of life
- Permanent impairment or disability
During your free case evaluation, we can discuss your injuries and the financial and emotional toll they’ve taken on you. We’ll help calculate all of your losses to ensure we include them in your medical malpractice claim.
What Are Common Examples of Medical Malpractice in DuPage County?
Medical malpractice happens when a healthcare professional provides substandard care to a patient, resulting in harm.
Some common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors (e.g., operating on the wrong part of the body or leaving objects inside the body)
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Medication errors (e.g., administering the wrong medication or an improper dosage)
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to monitor a patient’s vital signs
- Failure to review a patient’s medical history (e.g., allergies)
- Birth injuries (e.g., labor and delivery errors)
- Improper medical treatment
- Failure to treat a patient
- Discharging a patient too early
- Charting errors
- Failure to order the correct diagnostic tests
- Misinterpreting lab or radiology results
- Failure to obtain informed consent from a patient
- Defective medical devices
Most of these errors are caused by negligence, which may result from being overworked and understaffed. Fatigue, heavy caseloads, lack of experience, and failure to supervise is the root cause of many medical malpractice cases.
What Types of Injuries Are Caused By Medical Malpractice?
Medical negligence can cause or exacerbate all types of symptoms, injuries, or illnesses, depending on the error.
We can represent you no matter what kind of harm you’ve sustained, including:
- Nerve damage
- A worsened underlying illness or condition
- The development of a new injury or illness
- Brain injuries
- Heart failure
- Spinal cord injuries
- Mental disorders
- Internal organ damage
- Blood clots
- Wrongful death
- And more
No matter what type of injury you’ve sustained due to medical malpractice, our attorneys in DuPage County are here to help. Contact our law firm to speak with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
How Do I Prove Negligence in an Illinois Medical Malpractice Case?
To prove negligence, you’ll have to demonstrate four distinct elements:
- The medical provider owed you a duty of care (e.g., you were their patient)
- The medical provider breached their standard of care by deviating from accepted professional practices or acting unreasonably under the circumstances
- The breach of duty directly caused your injuries
- You sustained damages as a result of the medical provider’s breach
You must also establish the medical standard of care that applies in your case based on the defendant’s field of medicine, background, and education.
We’ll help you gather evidence, including:
- Your medical records and charts
- Expert witness testimony from a respected medical professional regarding the applicable standard of care and how your doctor deviated from it
- Statements from financial experts regarding the value of your losses (including future damages)
- Employment records
- Statements from your family regarding your diminished enjoyment of life
Medical malpractice matters are complicated. Contact us for help gathering the evidence you need to prove every element of your case.
How Long Do I Have To File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Illinois?
Illinois medical malpractice victims must file their claim within two years of the incident. You have two years from when you knew or should’ve known you suffered an injury from a medical professional’s actions or omissions.
Sometimes people don’t discover medical malpractice immediately. Accordingly, Illinois law gives you up to four years from the incident to bring a cause of action. If you discover the injury after four years of the incident date, you’ll be barred from filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Exceptions to the statute of limitations may exist in your case. Contact us as soon as you discover your medical malpractice injury to discuss your case and preserve your rights.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Experienced DuPage County Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Were you injured due to a doctor’s negligence in DuPage County, IL? Contact the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid today to discuss your situation and the injuries you’ve sustained.
Our DuPage County medical malpractice attorneys have over 74 years of combined experience to put behind your case. We’re passionate about recovering fair compensation for people who have suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent healthcare professional. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and see what we can do to help you.