Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement reports that there are approximately 15 million incidents of medical harm every year. Despite the prevalence of doctor error resulting in serious harm or death, relatively few malpractice claims are filed.
At Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd., it is our goal to provide aggressive legal representation to people who have been seriously injured as the result of physician malpractice while bringing public awareness to the growing problem of preventable medical errors.
To determine if you have a malpractice claim to file against a doctor, you must be able to establish the following:
- You were owed a professional duty. You must have a doctor-patient relationship in order to pursue a medical malpractice claim.
- The doctor was negligent in providing care. Medical treatment that results in a poor outcome is not necessarily proof of negligence. You must be able to prove that the doctor provided service that was below the professional standard of care.
- You sustained injuries or harm as a direct result of a doctor’s negligence. Just because a doctor provided negligent care does not mean you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. You must be able to prove that you suffered substantial harm or injury as a direct result of a doctor’s care.
- Your injury caused specific damages. These damages include things like physical pain, mental anguish, additional medical expenses and reduced current/future earning potential.
If you suspect you may be the victim of physician malpractice, contact Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. today. We offer free consultations to help you understand the viability of your case and the legal options available to you.