Occasionally a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional may be lacking required skills, or have provided inadequate care, or may even have ignored standard procedure. These situations may be an indicator of medical malpractice, which is a serious issue that affects many. A medical error could cause a person to suffer for the remainder of his or her life. Unfortunately death sometimes is a result. One estimate is that 98,000 people die annually due to mistakes in treatment.
When the actions, or inactions, of a health care worker cause harm, the patient or patient’s family may have reason to consult with a Chicago attorney. Some myths and stereotypes exist that say those pursuing a medical malpractice case are greedy or looking to make a quick buck. However, when a mistake changes a person’s life for the worse, there may be reason to find a lawyer.When visiting with a lawyer, it is a good idea to be prepared. The potential litigant should prepare by remembering all of the steps that have happened from the illness, diagnosis, and any actions that medical workers have made. It will help to remember specific doctor’s order and whether these instructions were followed. This will save time and help your attorney determine if there is cause to file a lawsuit.
If the case goes to trial, one should be aware that a medical malpractice lawsuit will probably take a long time to resolve. It may take months or even years for a decision to be made. However, a good lawyer will help guide a person through such a situation and make the best possible efforts to find a desirable outcome.