Helping Victims of Medical Malpractice in Chicagoland

Every year, thousands of Illinois residents suffer physical and mental injuries, disabilities, and even death as the result of medical malpractice. Mistakes made by doctors, hospital and nursing home staffs, and other health care professionals can be devastating to patients and their families.

The attorneys at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates, P.C. understand the trauma that victims of medical malpractice experience. Many Chicagoland residents who have been harmed by negligent health care providers do not know where to turn for help. From our convenient offices in Hickory Hills and Berwyn, we assess cases to determine whether people who have suffered injuries from medical malpractice are entitled to seek compensation. If a case has merit, we match injured parties or their families with skilled medical malpractice attorneys who maintain an “of counsel” relationship with our firm. That arrangement allows clients in our area to find an experienced attorney who is right for their case without leaving the suburbs.

If you believe you or a loved one have been injured by medical malpractice, you can obtain a free case evaluation by calling Thomas W. Lynch & Associates, P.C. at (708) 598-5999. If you have questions or prefer to have our staff contact you for an appointment, please complete our online contact form for a prompt response.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice takes many different forms. In simple terms, a health care provider commits malpractice by acting carelessly and causing injury to a patient. Careless behavior is known as negligence when a health care provider fails to deliver the same standard of quality care that similar health care providers in the community are expected to provide. For example, a surgeon who operates on the wrong leg is negligent because the standard of care provided by reasonable surgeons in Illinois assures that they will not make that mistake. Medical malpractice is the term given to the negligence of health care providers.

Other examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Failing to diagnose cancer or other serious health conditions
  • Failing to order tests that would have detected a medical condition
  • Prescribing a medication to which a patient has an allergy
  • Giving the wrong medication to a hospital or nursing home patient
  • Waiting too long to perform a caesarian section
  • Failing to protect a baby from harm during delivery
  • Performing unnecessary surgery
  • Causing paralysis or other injuries by making mistakes during surgery
  • Making errors when providing anesthesia
  • Misreading an x-ray
  • Failing to explain the risks of surgery or medications
  • Failing to obtain a patient’s informed consent to surgery or treatment
  • Failing to protect patients from deadly infections

Everyone makes mistakes and not every mistake made by a health care provider is medical malpractice. But when a physician makes an avoidable mistake due to fatigue, stress, or simple carelessness and a serious injury or death results, the patient or the patient’s family may be entitled to compensation.

If you suffered or a family member died because a doctor or other health care provider made a mistake, contact the attorneys at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates, P.C. You can make an appointment by calling (708) 598-5999 or you can use our convenient online contact form to let us know the facts of your case.

Are You Entitled to Compensation?

If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to an award of money to compensate you for your pain and suffering. If your baby or a close family member died as the result of medical negligence, no amount of money can restore that life, but it is the form of compensation that the legal system provides to help assure that justice is done. In addition to compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and wrongful death, compensation can be awarded to help you meet your expenses that result from malpractice, including:

  • Lost income
  • Past and future medical bills
  • The cost of medication
  • The cost of wheelchairs and other medical equipment
  • Modifications to your home so that it will accommodate your disability
  • A van or vehicle that will accommodate your disability
  • In-home nursing care
  • The cost of daily massages or other pain relief techniques
  • Special education for a brain damaged child
  • Other costs or expenses that will help you live a normal life

Will You Need to Go to Court?

Many clients are concerned about taking a case to court. Fortunately, most cases settle out of court. Doctors and other health care providers are insured for malpractice. Their insurance companies often prefer to settle rather than risking a jury verdict.

In some cases, however, the insurance company refuses to make an adequate settlement offer. In those cases, Thomas W. Lynch & Associates, P.C. works with skilled trial attorneys to assure that your case is presented to the jury in the best possible light. In addition, our attorneys are with you every step of the way to assure that you are thoroughly prepared if you are called upon to testify at a deposition or in a trial.

Act Now Before You Lose Your Right to Compensation

Strict time limits apply to claims for medical malpractice. If you wait too long to make a claim, you will lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries. A longer delay is sometimes excused if you only recently learned that malpractice caused your injuries, but it is always essential to take action as soon as you know or suspect that a doctor or other health care provider made a mistake that caused injury to you or a loved one.

Act now to protect your rights. Call Thomas W. Lynch & Associates at (708) 598-5999 for a free, confidential evaluation of your medical malpractice case. You can also contact us today by using our convenient online form.