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Study Shows Only Four Percent of Medical Malpractice Victims in Illinois Pursue a Claim Each Year

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medical negligence in Illinois, Chicago malpractice attorneyMedical negligence occurs far more often than the number of cases reported for litigation. According to research published by Northern Illinois University College of Law, an estimated 4,325 patients die in hospitals in Illinois every year from preventable medical errors. Of this number, 96 percent of medical malpractice victims never pursue a claim.

Cornell University Law School Professor, Theodore Eisenberg surmises in his 2012 paper, “The Empirical Effects of Tort Reform,” that people who do not sue as a result of a medical error do not recover costs. Prof. Eisenberg shares that a possible contributing factor to the high rate of medical errors is due to the fact that most patients victim to medical malpractice do not file a claim. Therefore, doctors do not expect they will be responsible for full costs as a result of their negligence.

Our law firm is here to help victims understand their legal rights when it involves medical malpractice. It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible regarding an incident in which medical error was involved due to the statutes of limitations applied by the state.

We have successfully pursued claims that have resulted in multi-million dollar settlement awards for our clients. Compensation can help pay for ongoing medical expenses and help improve quality of life for the victim and the victim’s family. Patients who are injured due to medical error or violation of a standard of care should hold responsible medical providers accountable for their negligence.

Filing a claim may help prevent this type of error from occurring again. If you or a loved one has suffered medical negligence in Illinois, contact an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney today. We will fight to recover costs owed to you. Call the law office of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. at 312-553-4900 for a free case evaluation.

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