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Medical Malpractice

The doctor's job is to help people heal; not harm them. Unfortunately there are too many instances of medical professionals harming the very people they are meant to help. That does not mean that every person who has had a bad doctor experience has reason to file a lawsuit.

In order for there to be legal cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit, the treatment received must have been substandard and the patient must have been injured as a result of that substandard care. Substandard care is another way of saying that the appropriate standard of care was violated. Even assuming the appropriate standard of care was violated, without significant injury it would not make economic sense to pursue the claim since medical malpractice cases require a significant amount of time, effort and money in addition to experience to bring the case to trial.

Remember, doctors must exercise the same standard of care for everyone regardless of the patient's economic position. Even if you are poor and without insurance, you are entitled to receive the same level of care as those with money and insurance. Never settle for substandard care!

Our law firm has over the course of almost 30 years developed a war chest of tools and resources that allow us to vigorously and diligently pursue these kinds of legal cases.

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Some examples of medical malpractice cases are as follows:

Failure to diagnose/wrongful death: A doctor who misdiagnosed a patient's acute liver failure and failed to send her to a liver transplant center for transplantation.

Informed consent: A hospital physician who circumcised a newborn infant at the hospital without the consent of the infant's mother.

Surgical negligence: A cosmetic surgeon who used the wrong laser to remove varicose veins, which resulted in scarring and disfigurement on both legs.

When Doctors Should Have Known Better

In each of the above cases, the medical professional should have followed the applicable standard of care — but did not. When these kinds of errors happen, our law firm is prepared to bring those who caused the harm to accountability.

The kinds of negligence matters our firm is prepared to handle include:

  • Failure to diagnose illness
  • Hospital error
  • Lack of informed consent
  • Surgical error
  • Prenatal and birth injury
  • Failure to disclose abnormal test results from Pap smear
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death

Lawyer Paul Heinrich can help you determine whether you may have reason to file a claim for damages against a doctor, hospital, surgeon or other medical professional. We can answer your questions and assess your case during a confidential free initial consultation. All injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that unless we recover financial damages for you, you pay no attorney's fee.

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If you wish to speak to an experienced attorney about your specific legal concern, please call our Wheaton, Geneva and Sycamore, Illinois, law office at your convenience to schedule your free initial consultation: 630-232-1116.