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Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney

Were You Injured While Under the Care Of a Trusted Doctor in Chicago?

When a doctor or healthcare professional deviates from acceptable standards of care, patients can suffer serious injuries or complications. In some cases, their negligence can result in health damage or even death. When your trust as a patient is violated, you may have justification to file a claim of medical malpractice with the help of Duncan Law Group. You may be suffering pain, discomfort, disability, and emotional distress.

In severe cases, you may need corrective surgeries or future medical treatments. If you are a victim of an irresponsible doctor, a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer from our firm is ready to hold your health care providers accountable. In just 15 years, our lead, Attorney Bob Duncan has been able to recover millions of dollars for injury victims. He has been included in the Illinois Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ for several years, boasting a proven track record of success.

Our firm’s successful case results include:

  • $1,000,000.00+ settlement: mesothelioma case
  • $350,000.00 settlement: neurosurgical malpractice
  • $210,000.00 settlement: nursing negligence
  • $175,000.00 settlement: podiatric malpractice
  • $75,000.00 settlement: medical negligence

Call Duncan Law Group today at (312) 202-3283 to start discussing your legal options. Attorney Bob Duncan will handle your medical malpractice case with compassionate legal counsel.

Common Examples of Medical Malpractice in Chicago

Testimony from other medical professionals may be able to shed light on medical error or failure to diagnose. Ensure that you’re getting the experienced legal help that you need from a personal injury attorney in Chicago by contacting Duncan Law Group today. The firm is passionate about obtaining the compensation that injury victims deserve. We also confer with highly respected experts throughout the country, using professional insight and knowledge to review your claim and give strength to your legal strategy.

Some of the most common incidents of medical malpractice include:

Proving Fault in a Chicago Medical Malpractice Case

If you were seriously injured or your condition was worsened at the hands of a medical professional, you may be wondering whether or not you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim. Every case is different, so it is highly recommended that you discuss the specific nature of your injury with an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney from Duncan Law Group. Our firm will examine the cause of your injuries, as well as the damages that you have suffered, in order to determine whether or not you have a valid claim.

In any medical malpractice claim, you must be able to prove that:

  • A doctor-patient relationship actually existed
  • Your doctor deviated from an acceptable standard of care
  • Your doctor’s negligence is linked to your worsened condition
  • You have suffered actual physical damages

What Damages Can You Claim in a Medical Malpractice Case in Chicago?

Illinois allows you to collect economic and non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Economic damages refer to your monetary losses due to the malpractice, such as additional medical expenses, disability accommodations, lost wages and loss of future earnings, and property damage, if applicable. You can usually prove these damages through receipts, bills, and medical records.

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, involve the intangible, emotional losses you sustained. These may include the development of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. You can also claim non-economic damages for emotional anguish, loss of quality of life, scarring, disfigurement, and other subjective losses.

Prior to 2010, the state imposed a limit on the amount of non-economic damages you can collect in your case. However, the Illinois Supreme Court case LeBron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital declared this practice unconstitutional, and Illinois no longer caps the amount of non-economic damages you can claim.

How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Chicago?

In Illinois, all civil lawsuits, including medical malpractice cases, must follow the statute of limitations. Each type of case has a specific statute of limitations that defines when you must file your claim or the court will dismiss your case.

You have two years from the date you knew or should have reasonably known you were a victim of medical malpractice to file your claim. However, if you did not discover your injury or worsening illness until a later date, the state will extend this deadline. In these situations, Illinois gives you no more than four years from the date of the malpractice to file your claim.

If you were under the age of 18 when you experienced the malpractice, the state extends the statute of limitations even further. You must file your case within eight years of the malpractice or before your 22nd birthday, whichever comes first. You cannot file your claim past the date you turn 22.

Filing within the statute of limitations ensures that most of your evidence is fresh, your witnesses are available to testimony, and you retain your right to compensation. Contact the Duncan Law Group today to begin your first steps and ensure you meet this deadline.

What to Do If You Experience Medical Malpractice in Chicago

If you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Take the following steps to protect yourself, preserve evidence, and begin exploring your legal options.

  • Find another doctor as soon as possible. Further medical negligence can lead to additional injuries, and you will need a second doctor to correct the damage and to provide a second medical opinion about your injuries.
  • Save and request all of your medical records. Save everything you receive from every doctor, and if you do not have all of your records, request them as soon as possible. Make sure to request these records before filing your claim so that the medical professional does not try to change your information.
  • Keep a journal of your symptoms and your general health. Writing down the impact the malpractice is having on your health will help you detail the harm you are suffering as a result of the malpractice, which you can use as evidence in your claim. Each day, write down the date, any symptoms you experience, and how the malpractice is affecting your life.
  • Contact a medical malpractice attorney from the Duncan Law Group as soon as possible. Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex and involve high amounts of damages, and you want to ensure you are on the best path to maximum compensation for your injuries. Your attorney has the skills, resources, and experience you need to build a compelling case for your settlement.

Hire a Firm with a Proven Track Record of Success With Medical Malpractice Claims

After suffering a serious injury at the hands of a negligent medical professional, you should not hesitate to fight for the level of compensation that you deserve. Duncan Law Group has been representing wrongfully injured victims throughout Chicago for more than a decade – during which we have managed to recover millions of dollars for our clients – so you can trust that we are well-equipped to manage your case. Don’t wait any longer to pursue justice for the injuries you’ve suffered.

We are ready to fight for you during this difficult time. Contact Duncan Law Group today at (312) 202-3283 to talk with one of our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers, or fill out a free case evaluation form.