Medical malpractice (more correctly referred to as “medical negligence”) occurs when a health care provider in either acting, or failing to act, does not comply with the applicable “standard of care” in the given medical field. Medical negligence arises due to misdiagnosis, failure to provide appropriate medical treatment, or as a result of a delay in treatment that should have been given. Medical malpractice may occur if a patient is not carefully monitored during surgery, when a necessary test is not undertaken, or when medicine is improperly prescribed or improperly given.
The question presented is whether the doctor, hospital, or nurse complied with the applicable standard in the local medical community. What is the applicable “standard of care” owed by a physician or hospital? The answer may depend on where the treatment took place, and in which discipline of medicine.
Illinois law requires that before a lawsuit can be filed, the case must be reviewed by a consulting physician, and the physician must agree that there is evidence supporting a lawsuit sounding in malpractice or “negligence.” If you feel that you or a family member has suffered an illness or injury due to negligence, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney.
John J. Malm has represented individuals and their families in lawsuits for medical negligence when an injury has been suffered as a result of careless treatment by doctors, nurses, hospitals, or other health care providers. If you, or a family member, have suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence, please call and speak directly with Mr. Malm about your important claim.