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How Do I Know If I’ve Been the Victim of a Medical Error?

Dec 29, 2014 | Firm News

When we’re sick or injured, we rely on hospitals, doctors, and other health care professionals to help us heal. In many cases, physicians literally have our lives in their hands.

Unfortunately, preventable medical mistakes account for an alarming number of deaths and injuries each year. According to a recent study published by the Journal of Patient Safety, approximately 440,000 people are injured every year by medical mistakes. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that 225,000 wrongful deaths are caused by medical errors annually.

Sadly, many people fail to realize that they have been the victim of a medical mistake. In many cases, they return to the same doctor or hospital, only to be told their symptoms are normal or just part of the healing process. They may even be turned away or made to feel like they are imagining symptoms, making things up, or seeking attention. This victimizes the patient twice and often leads to deteriorating health and depression. In the most devastating cases, an individual dies as a result of an undiagnosed medical error.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers are held to a high standard of care. They must provide the same level of care as other providers in the same field in the same area. When they fail to meet this standard and people get injured as a result, they commit medical malpractice.

Because these are highly complex cases that must be filed in a very short amount of time, it is absolutely critical to work with experienced, aggressive trial lawyers backed by years of legal knowledge in this special area. The medical malpractice lawyers at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. have been helping victims of medical mistakes for more than 50 years.

Common Medical Mistakes

According to the Institute of Medicine, some medical errors are more common than others. Although this is not an exhaustive list, the following are some medical mistakes that tend to happen frequently:

If you believe that you have been the victim of a medical mistake, don’t wait to speak to an attorney. You should also seek medical help as soon as you suspect something is wrong. Delaying follow-up care could seriously hurt your health as well as your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Illinois Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Attorneys

The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd., have been helping individuals and families throughout Illinois obtain the justice and compensation they deserve for over 50 years. Call today at (312) 372-3822 or toll-free at (800) 458-3822 to speak to one of our medical malpractice lawyers about your case.

This website has been prepared by Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

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