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Chicago woman awarded $50M in medical malpractice case

According to recent reports, a jury in the medical malpractice case of a severely brain damaged boy born in a Chicago area hospital awarded the mother $101 million. Before the verdict was issued, both the Plaintiff and Defendant had agreed to cap an award at $50 million if the verdict exceeded such. Since it did, the awarded amount was reduced by agreement of all parties.

A C. diff infection is often very serious

When an Arlington Heights area resident has to go to the hospital it is often for a serious medical condition. A patient goes into a hospital believing that they will receive excellent medical care that will allow them to get better. But occasionally something goes unexpectedly wrong and a patient winds up in worse shape then when they went in. A C. diff infection is one such situation.

Important documents in a medical malpractice case

Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that medical malpractice cases have a reputation for being difficult to pursue. These cases are oftentimes lengthy and can involve a great deal of medical jargon and complicated issues that most people simply don't have the background to understand, because they aren't doctors.

How do you prove negligence in a medical malpractice case?

No one who needs medical treatment likes to think about the possibility that something might go wrong during the process. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is a serious concern in the greater Chicago area and throughout the country. When something goes wrong, the patients who suffer the consequences may begin to consider their legal options, such as a lawsuit. Such victims will need to start with some basic information: How do you prove negligence in a medical malpractice case?

Be aware of common medical malpractice incidents

Many people in the Chicago area of Illinois do not expect complications or errors when they undergo medical treatment, even those who know that medical malpractice is quite common in America. The fact is, most people probably think that the healthcare professionals they have chosen for their care are among the very best. While it is probably true, in general, that most healthcare professionals are highly-trained and qualified for their jobs, the rate of medical malpractice incidents in America is enough to have anyone on edge when it comes to medical treatment.

The basics of a medical malpractice claim

It is never a good thing when Illinois residents trust doctors and other healthcare professionals with medical treatment and care only to find out that a mistake has been made. Most people rightly believe that doctors and nurses are highly competent individuals who are among the very best at what they do. Sadly, the reality is that medical malpractice is more common than most people realize. That is why our readers should know the basics of a medical malpractice claim.

What is a failure to diagnose?

A failure to diagnose the results in the wrong treatment or no treatment at all can be harmful to a medical patient and may be considered medical malpractice. Legal protections through a medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims attempt to recover compensation for the harm they have suffered as a result of a failure to diagnose.

What is medical malpractice and how do I protect myself?

Having trust in your doctor is important which is why you may have questions if you have been the victim of medical malpractice. There are different ways in which a doctor of medical care professional may commit medical malpractice and one way is if they fail to diagnose a medical condition.

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