Preventable medical errors cause hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths each year. When a preventable medical error happens, and causes injury or death, the injured person, or his or her family may have a legitimate claim for medical malpractice. When doctors make choices that result in preventable medical errors, and cause serious injury or death, they are required by law to pay money to compensate for the harms and losses they cause. These include money for past and future medical care, lost earnings and additional money to make up for the disability, disfigurement, and pain and suffering that results. If the doctors' negligence causes wrongful death, they must also pay money to surviving family members for loss of society, love and companionship, as well as the grief and sorrow experienced by those loved ones.
In Illinois, to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice, the law requires that the plaintiff first consult with a physician or another qualified health provider, and obtain a certification that the claim of medical malpractice is valid and meritorious. In order to do this, you will need to obtain all relevant medical records, and have them reviewed by a health provider, usually a physician with special knowledge in the specific field of medicine at issue.
Obtaining a certificate of merit for a medical malpractice case can be complicated and time-consuming. To do so, you will need the assistance of attorneys qualified and experienced in handling medical malpractice lawsuits. Tim McArdle and his partners at Vinkler McArdle Frost have the skill and years of experience to review and evaluate the medical issues, and retain top-notch physicians who can certify whether your case has merit. Once the case has been certified and filed, Mr. McArdle and his partners will provide you with compassionate, attentive and aggressive representation, to help you obtain the justice and compensation you are entitled to.
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