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Waukegan Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Lake County Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Lawyers for Those Injured by Doctor Errors and Hospital Mistakes in Lake County

Some of the best-known and most-trusted hospitals in the entire United States are located here in Northern Illinois. Patients from all over the world come to greater Chicago to obtain first-class care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and other medical facilities, as well as the physician specialists who work within the area healthcare systems. In most cases, patients are successful in getting the care or treatment they need without unforeseen problems. Unfortunately, however, medical mistakes happen much more frequently than you might expect. Errors by doctors and other medical professionals, in fact, are now considered the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind only cancer and heart disease.

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., we respect and admire the dedication that medical professionals show their patients every day, and we appreciate how hard doctors and nurses work. However, we also recognize that when a negligent doctor or medical facility causes injury to a patient, the negligent party must be held accountable. In many cases, the only way to do so is by pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

The practice of modern medicine is unbelievably complex, with countless variables that could affect each patient’s case. With this in mind, our team understands that not every mistake made by a doctor, nurse, or hospital is considered to be malpractice. Medical malpractice, also known as medical professional negligence, occurs when a medical professional or facility fails to meet the prevailing standard of care. In Illinois, the prevailing standard of care is defined as “the same degree of knowledge, skill, and ability as an ordinary professional would exercise under similar circumstances.”

In practice, this definition means that a specialist must provide a level of care that a patient would expect from an “ordinary” practitioner within the same specialty. For example, if an oncologist, or cancer specialist, missed a cancer diagnosis that an average oncologist would not have missed, this could be an example of medical malpractice. By comparison, if most other oncologists would have missed the diagnosis as well and the diagnosis was eventually made by a world-renowned specialist after much more diagnostic testing, the missed diagnosis will probably not be considered malpractice.

Dedicated Lawyers Helping Injured Patients

The attorneys at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. have more than 85 years of combined personal injury experience, and we understand what it takes to be successful in medical malpractice cases. We are fully equipped to assist patients who have suffered injuries caused by:

  • Doctor errors
  • Hospital errors
  • Missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Emergency department malpractice
  • Primary care mistakes
  • Surgery errors
  • Birth Injuries
  • Medication and pharmacy errors

At our firm, we realize that most doctors and medical facilities have been directed by their insurance carriers and lawyers to never acknowledge that a mistake happened or admit fault for an obvious error. Therefore, proving medical negligence is often very difficult. Our team understands that we will need to prove that you received care that failed to meet the prevailing standard, and we know what it takes to do that. We work with a large network of board-certified medical experts whose experience and knowledge will help us build your case. Our lawyers are seasoned courtroom litigators who are not afraid to stand up to large healthcare systems, their insurance companies, and their attorneys. No matter what challenges you may be facing, we will work hard to ensure that your rights and best interests are fully protected, every step of the way.

Call 847-662-3303 Today

To learn more about medical malpractice claims in Illinois, contact our office. Call 847-662-3303 to schedule a free, confidential consultation and case review today. With convenient locations in Waukegan, Wheaton, Richmond, and Chicago, Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. serves clients throughout Northern Illinois. Let us help you obtain the justice you deserve.

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