When a medical professional breaches the standard of care in diagnosing or treating a physical or mental health condition, it is known as medical malpractice. Personal injury lawyers in Chicago often see a wide range of medical malpractice cases throughout their careers. Some of the most common are caused by:
When these missteps cause patients to experience unnecessary pain and suffering, lost income, emotional distress, or other damages, the medical malpractice lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis provide the legal guidance and representation it takes to ensure that you recover financially.
It’s a sad fact that in medical settings, incompetence, miscommunication, and blatant medical errors occur all too often. According to Johns Hopkins patient safety experts, it is estimated that more than 250,000 people across the nation lose their lives every year as a result of medical malpractice. This translates to 9.5 percent of all deaths per year in the United States.
Don’t let negligent medical providers get away with their mistakes. It’s time to make them pay for the pain and suffering you’ve endured. Call the medical malpractice lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis in Chicago today at 312-263-7560.
Medical malpractice cases are typically very complex. To establish a successful claim, you must prove that:
Since it can be difficult to prove that the healthcare provider deviated from the standard of care expected, or acted differently than a competent professional facing the same situation and circumstances would have acted, medical malpractice cases often involve thorough investigation, in-depth research, and the testimony of medical experts. The medical malpractice lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis take on even the most complicated malpractice cases, and win. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience, knowledge and resources to help you achieve a successful settlement or verdict. At DePaolo & Zadeikis, we’ve recovered more than $300 million on behalf of injury victims like you.
Medical errors and negligence often result in severe, life-changing injuries. Most of the time, the consequences are irreversible. Although no amount of money can turn back the clock and erase the damages that has been done, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit still makes sense when severe injuries, illnesses or death occur.
Medical errors or negligence often leaves victims and their families struggling financially. In addition to the mountains of medical bills that continue to grow, when you are injured because of a medical mistake, you may be unable to return to work. The loss of income could cause you to sink into debt, experience extreme poverty, or even become homeless and unable to afford the treatments you need. Medical malpractice lawyers can help you win compensation to cover the financial burdens your injuries have caused.
When medical professionals are held liable for the injuries their actions or negligence cause, they are likely to be more careful when treating other patients. When a healthcare professional showed willful misconduct, malice, fraud, oppression, or conscious indifference to consequences, he or she may be ordered to pay punitive damages in addition to economic and non-economic damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer for his or her actions and help prevent similar misconduct in the future. While punitive damages in medical malpractice cases are fairly uncommon, they are usually significant.
If medical malpractice caused you to be injured or your loved one to die, contact the personal injury attorneys at DePaolo & Zadeikis in Chicago today at 312-263-7560.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
As efforts concerning the containment of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to evolve here in the U.S. and around the world, we want to assure you that Depaolo & Zadeikis remain committed to three important priorities:
As such, we continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and decided to follow the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC and other state and local officials. In accordance with these recommendations and until further notice, DePaolo & Zadeikis Attorneys at Law will be making modifications to the delivery of our services until further notice. To be sure, our services will continue to be available to you – just differently as the pandemic response evolves.
Our offices remain open for business; however, we encourage all existing clients to help us limit exposure and the potential spread of COVID-19 by avoiding in-office meetings. We remain open for business virtually during normally scheduled work hours 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday). All email, fax, telephone, and other electronic communication will continue without interruption. If you have a scanner please scan documents and send them to us in.PDF format. If you do not have a scanner, there are smartphone apps available such as CamScanner, Adobe Scan and Genius Scan (and many others), that will turn your smartphone into a document scanner at zero or little cost.
Our local courts continue to update and modify their policies in response to the current COVID-19 situation as well, and we are monitoring those to navigate the impact on your claims. At this point, the Courts and the Illinois Workers Compensation System are operating on a partial basis. We are continuing to advance our cases on an electronic basis as well as telephonically. As the situation evolves, we will advise our clients.
We also know that many of you have been personally impacted in a number of ways, and we apologize for any inconvenience these modifications may cause you but of course we are all experiencing this disruption together and will get through it together. We will resume normal operations as soon as the local, state and national governments give instructions that it is reasonable to do so. We appreciate your flexibility as we do our part to help bring this unprecedented situation under control.
Again, we are fully operational and are actively working on your claims. If there is anything you need, please feel free to contact our office (telephonically or electronically) during office hours so that we can direct your call and follow up accordingly.