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WHAT CONSTITUTES MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?

Many people think they know what constitutes medical malpractice based on television shows and what they've heard from friends and relatives who may not be qualified to comment. The actual answer differs somewhat from state to state, depending on the jurisdiction in which you reside. In Illinois, the law is very clear. Medical malpractice is said to have occurred when a healthcare professional violated the governing standard of care in the course of treating a patient, resulting in an injury to the patient. Malpractice may be the result of an action that causes an injury or a failure to take appropriate action that would have avoided injury.

Examples of medical malpractice

The following are general examples of actions, or failures to act, that lead to medical malpractice lawsuits:

  • Failure to diagnose a medical condition
  • Misdiagnosis of a medical condition
  • Failure to correctly treat a medical condition
  • Delaying an unreasonable amount of time to diagnose a medical condition

Who can be held accountable for medical malpractice

As mentioned above, healthcare providers can be made to answer for an act of medical malpractice. These professionals may include:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists

This is, by no means, an exhaustive list. If you suspect you or a family member was a victim of medical malpractice, a qualified attorney can review your claim and let you know who may be held responsible. Don't delay, though, because Illinois has strict statutes of limitations on how long you have to file a lawsuit, starting from the day you discovered you were injured by a medical professional. Contact Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices today.

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