As a patient in a hospital, you expect to receive a high level of care and to leave the hospital better than when you came in. In most instances, the patient receives suitable treatment and suffers no ill effects.
There are occasions, however, where the care received by the patient is poor. Mistakes made by the medical professionals in charge of the patient can have catastrophic effects, leading to severe injury or even death to the patient. When these mistakes occur, the victims and their families may be entitled to compensation.
While Illinois is home to some outstanding medical facilities, such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago Hospitals and Advocate facilities (including Lutheran General Hospital and Christ Hospital), the region is not immune from medical malpractice.
When malpractice occurs, the patient and their families need to rely on an experienced, qualified law firm to advocate on their behalf.
Examples of Malpractice, From the Experts
Hurley McKenna & Mertz has a lengthy record of fighting for victims of medical malpractice. Our experienced, compassionate attorneys have taken on many of the region’s biggest hospitals and have secured millions in compensation for victims.
These are just a few examples.
A child born at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago suffered brain injury as a result of the physicians’ failure to perform a timely Cesarean section. The boy required special needs classes, and would be cognitively unable to live independently as an adult. We argued on his behalf, and a jury ultimately awarded him a $14 million verdict.
In another case, a federally employed obstetrician waited too long to deliver a baby girl after the mother suffered a placental abruption. The physician thought the baby was dead, and the ensuing delay resulted in the girl suffering a permanent brain injury. Our team filed a case and ultimately reached a settlement of $13 million for the girl’s injury.
We also argued on behalf of a child who was in a breech position, with the umbilical cord cutting off oxygen to the baby. The nurses and doctors failed to detect this, and the baby was born with a brain injury. We were able to secure an $11 million structured settlement for the child’s care.
Illinois-Based Preeclampsia Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Preeclampsia medical malpractice is one of the most serious types of cases our team of experts can take on.
Preeclampsia typically occurs when an expecting mother experiences high blood pressure, usually around the twentieth week of pregnancy. It can damage the kidneys and other organs, while also causing severe complications for the baby—or even death of mother and/or child.
The medical provider is responsible for determining whether symptoms point to preeclampsia, then treat the condition accordingly.
If the preeclampsia goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed, the patient’s rights to a certain standard of care may have been violated. In this instance, the patient may be able to sue and receive compensation for things like health complications and costs of ongoing healthcare treatment for the baby.
Have You Suffered From Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice, especially in cases of preeclampsia, can have serious, if not fatal, consequences. Unlike other forms of malpractice, preeclampsia and other birth injury cases affect not one, but two patients.
In the event of serious birth injury, the surviving child likely faces a lifetime of required treatment and care, and the ensuing medical bills can add up to staggering amounts. You are entitled to compensation to help cover these expenses.
If you or someone you love suffered injury as the result of a negligent preeclampsia diagnosis, contact us today. Allow us to examine your case and help you find justice.