Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Lawyer – Morris, Illinois


Medical professionals hold a rather unique position with their patients. While it is common for many of us to do quite a bit of research and ask many questions when hiring someone to perform a service, the same is often not true when it comes to physicians. We are told to take the word of a medical professional regarding what is best for our health and to simply follow their instructions – and because the medical field is not necessarily an easy one to understand or traverse, that’s exactly what most of us do. We listen to our doctors and put all of our trust within their knowledge and care. We quite literally place our lives in their hands, and we do so with the assumption that they will do what is best for us.

That assumption is a reasonable one to make. Medical professionals and other healthcare providers accept the sworn duty to give their patients ethical, accurate, and safe medical treatment. Unfortunately, that’s not always what happens. In fact, in the United States alone as many as 250,000 individuals are victims of medical malpractice.

Rigazio Law Office understands just how difficult it can be to seek compensation as a result of medical malpractice. You are probably still reeling from the realization that your healthcare provider failed to provide you with the best treatment possible and, instead, left you injured. With over 30 years of experience, we have handled medical malpractice cases in the past and understand how complex they can be. If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice, reach out to us today so that we can begin building your case.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

A common misconception about medical malpractice is that any negative outcome in treatment constitutes “malpractice” on the part of the doctor or other healthcare provider. This is not the case. Medical malpractice claims are actually incredibly complex and require a few different things to be true in order for the negative outcome to qualify.

To put it simply, medical malpractice occurs when there is an applicable standard of care to which the medical professional failed to adhere, and the victim was injured or died as a result. The medical professional must have failed to react the way that another reasonable professional might have done when faced with similar circumstances. That means that even if your provider failed to adhere to the standard of care for your particular health issue, if you were not damaged as a result then there is little that can be done. Additionally, if the medical professional’s actions caused you injury but they did not fall outside of the standard of care and other reasonable professionals would have acted in the same manner, medical malpractice has not been committed.

As you can see, medical malpractice cases can be particularly difficult to try thanks to the various circumstances that must be met in order for the actions in question to be named “malpractice”.

Common Malpractice Cases in Illinois

Before we begin, please note that medical malpractice can be committed by a nurse, dentist, hospital, doctor, or any other sundry medical professional. It can also occur in a wide variety of situations.

Birth injuries are one area where medical malpractice is more common. Because there are so many variables to weigh during a birth, nurses or doctors might fail to take note of signs of distress and correspondingly act in a timely manner during labor, delivery, and pregnancy. As a result, common birth injuries include cerebral palsy, nerve damage, brain injury, and brachial plexus injuries. Both child and mother could have their quality of life significantly impacted.

Anesthesia errors is another common area where medical malpractice occurs. The anesthesiologist is not infallible, after all, and could make mistakes with:

  • Drug administration
  • Airway management
  • Machine operation
  • Electrolyte and fluid management
  • Breathing ventilation / circuit
  • Monitoring devices
  • IV apparatus use

Any of the above could result in serious negative complications for the patient in question.

Yet another area that sees medical malpractice more commonly than others is surgery. Surgical errors can be incredibly devastating even when the patient in question does not die as a result. Consider a “wrong site” surgery error, for example, which is something that occurs when a doctor operates on the incorrect body area or amputates the wrong limb. Other potential issues with surgery and medical malpractice include:

  • Unsanitary tools
  • Perforating bowels
  • Failure to identify and treat infections
  • Puncturing an organ

Emergency room errors, medication errors, radiology errors, and misdiagnosis are other areas that commonly see medical malpractice in Illinois.

Contact A Top Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

At Rigazio Law Office we fight aggressively to secure our clients the justice and compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one have been hurt or injured due to medical malpractice, contact our law firm at 815.942.1881 for a free consultation and case review.

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