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Medical Malpractice Lawyer Chicago

In the United States, giving birth is typically an uncomplicated event. Mother and child will soon head home without any need to visit the doctor again until the child is scheduled for immunization shots. But sometimes medical negligence can lead to injury—for either the baby or mother, or both. In these situations, the law might entitle you to financial compensation. At Abels & Annes, we help families get the compensation they deserve when medical negligence causes harm.

What Is Medical Negligence?

A doctor or other medical professional who treats you owes you a duty to use reasonable care. In particular, the law requires that medical professionals possess and use the skill, knowledge, and care that other careful medical professionals would use. When they fail to do so, they might face legal responsibility if their negligence causes injuries.

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Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney

Diagnostic testing is a primary part of the job for many medical professionals. Knowing which tests to conduct and which questions to ask to make a correct diagnosis is critical to ensuring patients receive the treatment they need. When a patient is misdiagnosed or has a delayed diagnosis, injuries can occur from the lack of timely treatment.

For example, if a patient who has had a heart attack is misdiagnosed with acid reflux and sent home, they are at higher risk for another, more serious heart attack and will not receive the treatment they need to address any cardiovascular issues. In addition, cancer is often misdiagnosed, and the delay in treatment can ultimately necessitate more invasive treatment or allow the cancer to develop to the point where it is no longer treatable.

The above are only two of many examples of common misdiagnoses in the United States. If you were misdiagnosed and suffered unnecessary complications or injuries as a result, it is important to consider whether you have legal rights to financial recovery from your doctor.

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Birth Injury Lawyer in Chicago

While modern medicine has made labor and delivery significantly safer than it was in the past, the negligence of medical professionals can still cause birth injuries that can cause serious medical problems in infants. In some cases, these mistakes can result in disabilities and other issues that may affect a person for the rest of his or her life.

Medical malpractice is a type of professional negligence that is actionable under Illinois law.1 Here are some of the examples of the kinds of medical malpractice that can lead to birth injuries. For more information, call our office today to discuss your case.

Failure to Monitor Fetal Vital Signs

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Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Chicago

No one enjoys going to the doctor though it is often necessary for a variety of reasons. The last thing you should expect when you see any type of medical professional is to sustain additional injuries or experience preventable complications. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is common and victims can experience significant losses and pain and suffering as a result. The following are only three examples of how medical malpractice can affect you.

Failure to Diagnose

One of the main reasons we go to a doctor’s office or emergency department is for someone to identify whether something is wrong with your health. If you have symptoms of an illness or injury, a medical professional should have the training and judgment to perform the necessary tests and ask the right questions to correctly diagnose your condition and to rule out other possible misdiagnoses. This does not always happen, however, and some commonly misdiagnosed or undiscovered conditions include:1