When Medical Malpractice Causes Injury And Loss
Our firm is proud to provide you with the compassionate counsel you need and deserve when the negligence of a health care professional (doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, hospitals, technicians and hospital workers) injures you or a loved one by failing to provide the standard of care required. Injuries caused by medical malpractice are often permanent, life-altering and catastrophic in nature and require significant amounts of time and money to treat.
Our aggressive, dedicated trial lawyers at Barney & Karamanis, LLP, work hard to get results for our clients after a medical malpractice injury, even when it means pursuing a David vs. Goliath win against a large hospital or medical practice. We have proven our ability to achieve justly awarded multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. Through a landmark court decision, our talented legal team obtained $530,000 for a client in what was believed to be the first wrongful birth verdict in the state of Illinois.
Medical Errors And Consequences
Our clients in Chicago and beyond turn to us for relief after experiencing negative outcomes caused by negligence in medical care settings. Examples of case types are as follows:
Mistakes such as these by medical providers may result in great expense, loss of income, pain and suffering or loss of companionship. A medical malpractice claim may bring financial relief and provide strong incentives for health care professionals to avoid further harm to patients.
Ask Us About Contingency Representation
An initial consultation with a trial lawyer at our firm is free. If we represent you, we will do so on a contingency basis. You will not owe legal fees until we recover compensation for you. We welcome the opportunity to evaluate your case without further obligation. Call 312-702-0872 or complete a short online inquiry form to get started. We are prepared to advise you in matters such as those highlighted below.
In Determined Pursuit Of The Compensation That You Need And Deserve
If retained, we will guide you through every step of the process so that you always know what to expect during your case. We handle the day-to-day aspects of the case so that our clients can focus on getting well as quickly as possible.
No two cases are alike, and no outcome is guaranteed. However, we can confidently assure you of our dedication and skill. Our skilled, determined trial attorneys at Barney & Karamanis, LLP, will leave no stone unturned while pursuing an appropriate sum of money for you and your family through settlement or judgment. A right result can alleviate financial troubles and recompense other losses you and your family have endured because of medical malpractice.
Definitions Of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional (i.e., doctor, nurse, surgeon) or a professional entity (i.e., hospital) causes an injury to a patient through a negligent act or oversight. To be considered medical malpractice under the law, certain characteristics must exist in the claim, as described below.
Standard Of Care Violation
The law recognizes certain medical standards that the medical field and professionals deem as acceptable medical treatment by reasonable health care professionals. Whether provided in like or similar circumstances by attentive health care professionals, such medical standards are known as the standard of care. Essentially, the standard of care is what a reasonable doctor, nurse or other health care provider would do in the same or similar circumstances.
Patients have a right to expect and receive care from health care professionals that is consistent with the standards of care. Negligence is established in medical malpractice cases if it can be determined that the standard of care was not provided to a patient.
Injury Caused By Negligence
A violation of the standard of care is not sufficient enough for a medical malpractice claim to be valid. A patient must also prove that the injury he or she received would not have occurred in the absence of negligence.
An adverse outcome by itself would not be considered medical malpractice. If an injury occurred without negligence, or negligence did not cause an adverse outcome, a patient cannot have a claim for medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are extremely expensive to law firms. Thus, a patient must have significant injuries and damages due to medical negligence for a case to be viable. A patient can demonstrate these damages through their loss of income, disability, suffering and hardship, unusual pain, and/or significant past and future medical bills.
How We Can Help You
If you or a loved one have been injured because of the negligence of a doctor, nurse, surgeon or hospital, we believe that you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys and staff are trained to help determine if the injuries are the result of medical malpractice (e.g., improper patient treatment, delay in diagnosis, failure to diagnose, medical mistake). Services our firm provides are described below.
Reviewing Medical Records
Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys review your medical records in conjunction with expert physicians to determine whether your doctors or other health care providers have breached the standards of care. We will review your charts, doctor visits and your prescriptions, along with any other documentation available that can help us better understand your illness or injury.
Once a thorough review of your medical records has been conducted, our consulting expert physicians are tasked with determining the cause of your injuries, the exact negligence by the health care providers, and which specific health care providers were at fault.
We consult with these medical experts to establish the standard of care for reasonable physicians and health care providers in the same or similar circumstances. We may also later use the testimony of those same experts in court to present your case.
Researching Your Doctor
It is important to prove that the doctor, nurse, surgeon or other health care provider was negligent in his or her treatment of you or your loved one. We conduct research to determine whether your health care providers have any history of negligent acts, and we also determine whether they have been involved in any similar malpractice actions. This research is crucial to determine whether your health care providers have demonstrated a pattern of negligent behavior and also the level of competence of the medical care you received.
Get Your Case Evaluation Underway
Were you injured or did you lose a loved one because of a medical error? As distressing as this situation is, you deserve to know and understand your legal options. Ask for a no-obligation review of the facts by an experienced attorney.