Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fighting for Victims of Negligence
Attorneys serving Chicago, Oak Park and all of Illinois
When hospitals, drug companies, and medical device manufacturers make mistakes, the consequences can be catastrophic, but an experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyer from Coplan & Crane can help make things right.
Brain injuries, amputation, paralysis and even death can occur due to the negligent actions of medical professionals. When these incidents occur, medical professionals need to be held responsible for their actions. This might sound simple. But often, these large corporations will hire entire teams of lawyers with one goal in mind: to pay injury victims as little as possible.
At Coplan & Crane, we level the playing field. Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys work closely with people who have been seriously injured from surgical mistakes, medical errors, and other related problems.
In each instance, our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers begin by meeting with people for free and simply listen to them describe exactly what went wrong. Our legal team then works with you to formulate a strategy that addresses your unique legal needs. All of this is done with one goal in mind: to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve. If you are the victim of health care negligence, contact us today for a free consultation.
What is medical malpractice?
The law expects medical professionals to follow established standards of care when they treat patients. In Illinois, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional deviates from the established standard of care in their medical specialty and a patient is injured as a result.
What are some examples of medical malpractice?
- Failure to order tests when they are medically indicated
- Failure to refer a patient to an appropriate specialist
- Failure to accurately communicate patient information to another provider
- Failure to follow safety protocols during a medical procedure
- Prematurely discharging a patient or failing to follow up after discharge
How do you know if you have a medical malpractice claim?
Not every negative medical outcome is a result of malpractice. In order to have a claim, you need to be able to prove that the doctor who treated you breached a professional standard of care (that is, that they did not do what a reasonable medical professional in the same specialty would do in the same situation) and that you were injured or became ill as a result of that breach.
What is my medical malpractice claim worth?
A malpractice claim can include many types of damages (financial compensation), including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and more. Illinois law does not place any specific caps on medical malpractice awards, so if your claim goes to trial, its value is ultimately determined by what a jury thinks is fair. An experienced attorney can review your situation and determine the value of your claim.
How much time do I have to file a medical malpractice claim?
In Illinois, the statute of limitations (deadline for filing a lawsuit) for most medical malpractice claims is generally two years from the date the patient knew of the injury (or reasonably should have known). That time limit is extended in cases where the patient is under the age of 18 at the time of the injury, or when the patient is mentally incompetent. When medical malpractice results in death, the statute of limitations is usually two years from the date of death. An attorney can advise as to the applicable statute of limitations in your case.
Attorneys who get maximum compensation for medical malpractice claims
With medical malpractice claims, compensation can be substantial since the expenses associated with surgical mistakes and hospital errors are quite large. At Coplan & Crane, we’re proud of our ability to obtain large, often multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for medical malpractice victims in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois.
You might think you don’t need the best medical malpractice lawyer to obtain damages from your medical malpractice case. Your case might seem straightforward. Your surgeon or doctor clearly made a mistake. Don’t be so sure. You will need an experienced and caring medical malpractice attorney with a reputation for getting results.
Often, doctors, nurses, surgeons and other people who work in hospitals will claim they did nothing wrong. Often, they’re more focused on one thing: paying patients as little as possible for their costly medical errors.
That’s not fair. They made the mistake. They should pay for your medical expenses. They should pay for any lost income, pain and suffering and other bills you have due to their medical error. Bills can add up fast. You shouldn’t have to suffer.
Failure to diagnose a disease can lead to serious health problems
Failure to diagnose a serious illness or disease can have disastrous consequences. Once doctors believe someone has – or doesn’t have – a certain illness, they might prescribe the wrong drugs or perform the wrong surgical procedure, or even an unnecessary surgery. Suddenly, other problems develop (including infections, anoxic brain injuries and compartment syndrome) because the original problem was not treated properly or at all. New problems arise due to surgical mistakes or medication errors. And perhaps worst of all, if doctors don’t think anything is wrong, you could lose precious time to treat your serious illness.
Doctors and surgeons will often claim they did everything they could to help you. They will insist they did nothing wrong. That’s not good enough. If someone made a mistake, they need to be held accountable. The same thing would happen if an engineer made a mistake that caused a poorly made bridge to collapse. Why should doctors be any different?
A Chicago medical malpractice lawyer can work with you and make sure your case gets the attention it deserves. As leading Chicago-area medical malpractice lawyers serving all of Illinois, the attorneys at Coplan & Crane have years of experience helping people dealing with serious medical problems caused by someone else’s negligent behavior.
Take charge with a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer
Our medical malpractice attorneys have a strong track record for obtaining large, multi-million-dollar settlements for clients. This compensation is essential for people struggling to pay their medical expenses, important bills, and other essential items. We take a long-term approach to obtain compensation for you. We realize your medical mistake may have an impact on you for months or years. That’s why it’s important to get you compensation to cover the true cost of your medical error.
Building a strong medical malpractice case takes a lot of time and resources. Typically, a medical malpractice attorney will pore over pages of medical reports and hospital charts, and consult with medical experts on your case. Some law firms charge people by the hour, racking up large bills no matter what happens. We take a different approach. At Coplan & Crane, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing if we don’t win. It’s that’s simple. Contact us today for a free consultation.