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Joliet Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Law Firm for Surgical Errors, Delayed Diagnosis & More in Will County

Licensed healthcare professionals are held to a higher standard than most individuals because we need to trust doctors and other healthcare providers to act carefully and in our best interests. They are required to act as a reasonable member of their profession would, considering their years of training and education.

When healthcare providers fail to act in accordance with this standard, people may suffer serious personal injuries. Most licensed medical professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, surgeons, and dentists can be held accountable for medical malpractice. If you suspect that you have been harmed by your healthcare provider's negligence, it is important to act quickly and speak to an attorney as soon as possible so that a complete investigation can be made.

Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol LLC is experienced in helping patients who have been injured by careless doctors. We offer complete case management from the moment you contact us until your case is resolved. Our attorneys understand the struggles people face after being harmed by a healthcare provider and strive to ensure that each client receives a fair and complete settlement that entirely covers the cost of their injuries and sometimes more.

With our help, you may be able to recover damages like lost wages, the cost of treating the injury, and compensation for noneconomic damages like pain and suffering or psychological distress.

Common Forms of Medical Malpractice

Many different types of careless mistakes can cause serious harm to patients. Common types of medical malpractice cases we address include:

  • Surgical errors - Common surgical errors include receiving the wrong surgery and having an object left inside your body. Anesthesia errors may also occur during surgical procedures, sometimes resulting in brain injuries caused by a lack of oxygen.
  • Medication errors - Taking the wrong medication can do serious harm. For example, if a careless doctor does not consider other medications you are taking as well as any allergies you have, a serious reaction can occur. Pharmacists can also be held liable when a prescription drug error occurs on their end.
  • Missed or delayed diagnoses - Catching an emergent illness quickly is important. This means that doctors who are aware of your symptoms are expected to order the right tests to catch illnesses early enough to effectively treat them. Delaying treatment because a doctor unreasonably delayed a diagnosis or failed to diagnose a problem entirely can be considered a form of medical malpractice.
  • Unnecessary treatments - The reverse of missed or delayed diagnoses, unnecessary treatments occur when a doctor incorrectly diagnoses a patient and begins treatment for an illness the patient does not have. In these cases, the treatment may do serious harm to the patient. Beginning chemotherapy for a patient who does not have cancer can cause the patient to become gravely ill. Performing unnecessary surgeries is another common issue.
  • Birth injuries - Injuries that occur to a mother or baby during childbirth may be caused by the delivering doctor's carelessness.
  • Dentistry errors - Dentistry errors, such as extracting the wrong tooth, can be disfiguring or lead to lasting pain.
  • Wrongful discharge - A patient who still requires hospitalization or further treatment may be harmed if they are sent home too soon. For example, an ER may fail to notice a patient's genuine emergency and discharge the person in error.

If you believe that you have suffered an injury due to a doctor or other healthcare provider's error, you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice. Our attorneys are skilled at investigating these cases in order to gather as much proof as possible.

Contact a Naperville Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you have been harmed by a negligent healthcare provider, Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol LLC can help. We work on contingency fees, so there is no financial risk to you in using our services. To begin with a complimentary consultation and case evaluation, please contact us at 815-730-1977.

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