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Your Right to Compensation in Medical Malpractice Cases

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right to compensation, Chicago medical malpractice attorneysWhen a doctor, medical staff, hospital, or nursing home is negligent or makes a mistake that causes injury or death to a patient it is called medical malpractice. The patient or patient’s family deserves the maximum compensation for the mistake or negligence. A new provision of a bill recently passed by the House of Representatives would protect the doctors and hospitals instead of the patient and their family.

If signed into law, the provision would put a limit on the amount of compensation victims of medical malpractice would be able to collect. The belief is that limiting the compensation will lower spending in the healthcare system. Texas already has a law that limits compensation to $250,000 per year, but it has not cut spending in the healthcare system. A study showed that spending per patient increased.

This provision does not benefit the patients. It benefits doctors, hospitals, and the healthcare system. It would prohibit the use of federal guidelines for the quality of care standards to be used in medical malpractice cases. This means if the doctor or hospital was negligent or caused you or a family member an injury or death, the quality of care guidelines would not be admissible in court to show the negligence.

The way the provision is written is advantageous for the healthcare system. As a patient you should feel safe when you see your doctor or medical staff or go to a hospital or nursing home. This provision may take away your security in knowing that if something happens you can still receive compensation to cover your expenses.

You deserve to be protected from negligence by a doctor, hospital, or nursing home. You should not be worried about what you or your family will do if you are unable to get the compensation you deserve because of limits on medical malpractice cases placed there by lawmakers. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help explain your rights and get you the compensation you deserve, not what a lawmaker feels should be the most you should get.

If you or a family member has experienced negligence or medical malpractice, you need to speak with a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer today. The lawyers at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. have received favorable verdicts our clients deserve, resulting in over $500 million in compensation. Call our law office at 312-553-4900 for a free consultation.

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