Sick and injured patients depend on medical professionals to prioritize their healthcare needs and provide them with a reasonable standard of care. However, medical staffers are frequently overwhelmed and overworked, which means that patients often fail to receive the attention and treatments their circumstances warrant. When hospitals focus on cycling through patients instead of treating them, rushing doctors, surgeons, and nurses start making devastating and preventable mistakes that ultimately lead to patient injuries.
If you’ve been injured by a medical professional while seeking treatment, you have the legal right to pursue justice by filing a medical malpractice claim. At Woodruff Johnson & Evans, our medical malpractice lawyers in Champaign can guide you through this complex legal process and effectively represent your case in court.
Contact our Champaign medical malpractice attorneys at (866) 400-4450 if you’re interested in filing a claim.
Understanding Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by the negligent actions of a medical professional. Before you can file your claim, you need to determine if your situation constitutes medical malpractice. During your free consultation, we can discuss the circumstances of your injury, evaluate the applicable evidence, and prepare a case strategy that reflects your legal and financial objectives.
Common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Failure to treat a medical condition
- Delayed diagnosis
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Anesthesia injuries
- Birth injuries
Because there are so many legal variables, medical malpractice cases are often considered the most difficult to litigate. A successful lawsuit relies heavily on the skills and experience of your legal representative.
Your legal team must be able to prove the following:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed
- There was a violation of the standard of care
- An injury was caused by a negligent action
- The injury resulted in significant damages
The Statute of Limitations
Like all states, Illinois has a deadline when it comes to pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit. This 2-year countdown begins when a claimant is injured or when a claimant reasonably discovers their injury. It’s imperative that you retain legal representation as soon as possible because the court may refuse to hear your case once this deadline has passed.
Schedule a Free Consultation to Explore Your Legal Options
A hospital is willing to do anything to protect its reputation. Fortunately, you don’t have to face their legal team and insurance company representatives alone. At Woodruff Johnson & Evans, our experienced Champaign medical malpractice lawyers can negotiate on your behalf both in and out of court. With our guidance, you can secure compensation that safeguards your quality of life.
Contact Woodruff Johnson & Evans at (866) 400-4450 to schedule your free consultation.