All medical professionals in the United States have the legal duty to act with competence and in the best interests of their patients at all times. This means that as long as the medical provider is taking the best possible action according to the specific situation, they will likely not be held accountable, even if mistakes and errors occur.
This is why many patients who have been through extended suffering wonder whether they will be able to successfully make a medical malpractice claim against their medical provider. If you are wondering the same thing, it is important to take the time to understand the laws in Illinois. Doing so will help to verify the likelihood of your case being successful.
Showing that negligence was present
The vast majority of medical malpractice cases involve negligence. Negligence can be exhibited by medical practitioners in many ways, and the definition of negligence is broad. Negligence generally means that a person failed in their duty of care toward another person. For example, a doctor may be negligent if they chose not to conduct all of the appropriate blood tests when trying to diagnose a patient. This negligence could lead to a delayed diagnosis and a progression of the disease.
Showing that negligence caused an injury
A negligent act cannot lead to a successful medical malpractice claim unless it led to damages. One of the toughest challenges for plaintiffs is being able to prove that a certain negligent behavior was the direct cause of the damages that they suffered.
Showing that damages occurred
If you want to be successful in your medical malpractice case, you must have documented proof of the damages you suffered. It will be helpful to have several statements from medical professionals who can confirm the ways in which the damages affected your health and your way of life.
Making a medical malpractice claim can feel overwhelming, especially if you are dealing with health problems. However, the damages gained from a successful claim could help you to pay medical bills and get specialized treatment.