Medical Malpractice Attorney in Oak Park, IL

Medical Malpractice Attorney Helping Oak Park, IL Residents

Have You Been Injured by Medical Malpractice? Oak Park, IL residents are entitled to compensation for suffering and deaths caused by negligent health care providers

3 Questions to Ask Your Agent before Listing Your HomeKnown as the “World’s Largest Village,” Oak Park began to grow in the 1870s as Illinois residents who were displaced by the Great Chicago Fire discovered the benefits of suburban living. The village is now so large that it embraces four ZIP Codes (60301, 60302, 60303, and 60304). Combining the comfort of a village lifestyle with easy access to shopping and restaurants in downtown Chicago, Oak Park offers the best of both worlds to Chicagoland residents.

Oak Park and nearly communities have many fine healthcare facilities, but every year a few unfortunate patients become the victims of medical malpractice. Area doctors offer quality care most of the time, but everyone makes mistakes, including health care providers. If you are suffering because of a misdiagnosis, a surgical error, an adverse drug reaction, or some other act of medical malpractice, or if mistakes made by a doctor or hospital staff caused the death of a close relative, you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates for a free case evaluation. Make an appointment with an attorney who can help you understand your legal rights by calling (708) 598-5999. You can also complete our online contact form if you would like someone in our office to schedule an appointment for you at one of our convenient locations.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Doctors and other health care professionals are held to a professional standard of care. Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured because the care provided to that patient fell below an acceptable standard due to negligence, inattention, carelessness, or lack of knowledge.

Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of ways, including:

  • Making an incorrect diagnosis
  • Failing to discover the cause or existence of a health problem
  • Failing to order or conduct appropriate tests
  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Prescribing too much or too little medication
  • Failing to prescribe a helpful medication
  • Failing to treat a treatable condition
  • Failing to understand the patient’s medical history or allergies
  • Mixing up the medications of hospitalized patients
  • Entering a patient’s information in the wrong medical record
  • Failing to record the medication given to hospitalized patients
  • Errors made during surgery
  • Failing to warn patients about the risks of surgery
  • Failing to warn patients about the risks of prescribed medications

Medical malpractice can cause prolonged suffering when a curable condition goes untreated. It can lead to adverse drug reactions, strokes, damage to vital organs, impaired functioning, and even death.

If you think you have been the victim of medical malpractice, call Thomas W. Lynch & Associates at (708) 598-5999 for a free initial consultation. Our attorneys will evaluate your case to determine whether you are entitled to compensation for a health care provider’s negligence. If you prefer, you can use the online contact form and our staff will get in touch with you.

Is Medical Malpractice Common?

Medical malpractice is more common than you might think. Some professional studies estimate that as many as 160,000 people die each year because physicians made an incorrect diagnosis. According to the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, medical malpractice is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Countless more victims of medical malpractice experience needless pain and suffering when health care professionals make mistakes.

One source estimates that 15,000 to 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits are filed every year. Since many medical malpractice claims are settled with physicians’ insurance companies before a lawsuit is filed, there is no way to know how many people receive compensation for the injuries caused by the negligent acts and omissions of health care providers.

Am I Entitled to Compensation for Harm Caused by Medical Malpractice?

Not every injury that arises from medical care is preventable, but when a doctor or hospital makes a mistake due to negligence and it causes a serious injury, the injured patient (or the family of a deceased patient) is often entitled to compensation. Proof of a medical malpractice claim requires evidence that a health care provider did not treat the injured patient with the same degree of knowledge, skill, and ability that a careful professional would ordinarily provide. That evidence is usually provided by expert testimony. Medical malpractice claims can be brought against negligent doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, hospitals and clinics, and other health care professionals who are responsible for a patient’s injury, suffering, or death.

An award of compensation for medical malpractice depends upon the degree of injury suffered and the needs of the patient. Someone who cannot walk because of an injury caused during surgery may require funds needed to remodel a home to make it accessible to a wheelchair user. Someone who can no longer work might need a lifetime of replacement income. Some injured patients may need daily visits from a private nurse. No amount of money can make pain and suffering go away, but a large financial award can make an injured person’s life better in other ways. And while no amount of money can replace the love of a deceased spouse or child, financial compensation is the way the American legal system provides a measure of justice for wrongful deaths.

Call (708) 598-5999 today if you or a loved one have been harmed by medical malpractice. Make an appointment with an experienced attorney at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates to get advice about the remedies that might be available to you. You can also use our online contact form.

Do Not Delay. Prompt Action Is Required!

Lobbyists for hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies have tried to impose barriers to bringing successful medical malpractice claims. Strict time limits apply to medical malpractice cases. Claims need to be made promptly. It is important to act as soon as you learn or suspect that your health care provider’s negligence caused an injury or death. Delay might prevent you from making a successful claim.

The medical malpractice attorneys at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates have years of experience investigating and evaluating claims of professional negligence. They know how to find expert witnesses and how to deal with insurance companies. Most cases settle out of court, but the attorneys at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates can put their trial experience to work for you if your case needs to go before a jury.

Make an appointment today with a medical malpractice attorney at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates. Just call (708) 598-5999 or fill out our online contact form. If you live in Oak Park, IL or anywhere else in Chicagoland, you can receive your free initial consultation at a nearby office in Berwyn or Hickory Hills.