Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you are suffering from the painful or tragic consequences of poor judgment on the part of your doctor, hospital, or others in the medical community, it’s time to contact a lawyer who can advise you of your rights. The attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are ready to review your case and help make sure you receive the compensation you rightly deserve.
Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC has been helping the people of Chicago with their medical malpractice claims since 1970. In that time, our firm has won numerous multi-million dollar cases and over $400,000,000 overall for our clients. Our team of experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyers has tried cases throughout the state and argued before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
As much we have come to implicitly trust the judgment of physicians and just about every other member of the healthcare establishment, the fact is that some medical professionals do make serious mistakes that end up causing significant harm to their patients. Keeping that in mind, it is important that victims of medical malpractice take immediate legal action against the responsible party to help protect other patients, along with the integrity of the healthcare system.
At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys understand just how overwhelming the prospect of working through a lawsuit may seem right now, especially when so much of your time and energy will be devoted to your recovery. While this is very likely to be a difficult time for your family, it will be in your best interests to begin working with a personal injury lawyer as soon after the incident as you are able.
If you believe that you or someone close to you has suffered due to medical malpractice, contact us today at (312) 346-8620 or toll-free at (800) 566-8620. For your convenience, you can also receive confidential consultation by filling out the form at the bottom of our website or chat with us live.
Do I Need A Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
After experiencing poor care which has resulted in injury or death, you are sure to be struggling with a great deal of anger, confusion, and uncertainty.
How will you pay your medical bills? How long before you can return to work? How will you afford the necessary care to continue to get well? Who is responsible? Who can you call to find out if you are due compensation from your caregivers?
Remember that you are the victim in this situation, and you have the right to seek out legal assistance to find out if you are entitled to damages. Though pursuing legal action can seem like an intimidating step, especially considering your current state, it is important you seek out professional advice on whether to move forward in that direction.
Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you with all your questions and get you the answers—and the results—to which you are entitled. By contacting us, you will be able to take the burden of your medical situation off your shoulders. That way, you can concentrate on your recovery and let us do the rest.
Why Choose Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC To Handle My Case?
Though Chicago has any number of law firms that are capable of assisting you, there are few if any with the kind of experience we have in tackling big cases and getting results.
Our lawyers have represented Chicagoans in cases that have led to millions of dollars in compensation. We have defended the sick, the elderly, the grieving and many others. Every time, we’ve worked to help them find the justice they deserved.
Just consider some of our firm’s biggest cases:
In a case of labor and delivery, when the failure of a doctor and nurses to delivery a newborn in fetal distress led to the baby developing cerebral palsy, our lawyers helped the parents win $6,200,000 in a settlement.
Another case involving similar circumstances ended with a $5,500,000 settlement in mediation.
The failure of a physician to diagnose a bowel obstruction in a timely matter was settled in mediation for $1,500,000.
All three cases required extensive research and litigation, but our lawyers fought tirelessly to make sure our clients received what they deserved.
Not all cases have to progress so far. In the case of a 58-year-old man who received an unnecessary biopsy, our lawyers got $240,000 for the man without having to step into a courtroom.
No matter whether your case is complex or straightforward requires years of litigation or can be settled quickly, we are prepared to see your case through to the results you deserve.
Types of Cases We Handle
Medical malpractice can occur in many different forms. If you have suffered from any of the circumstances below, contact us immediately so we can begin compiling the evidence we need to build a strong case for you today.
Medical professionals play such a critical role in maintaining the health of expectant mothers that even seemingly minor errors can potentially cause a child to develop a preventable congenital impairment. If you suspect that your child’s birth injury could have been prevented with proper medical care, you have every right to be angry. That being said, we can help you take the legal action necessary to hold the responsible party accountable for your child’s medical condition.
Without reasonably prompt diagnoses, patients with serious medical conditions may have to go without the kind of timely medical treatment they need to prevent their condition from getting worse. Since every day that goes by without treatment may potentially cause irreparable harm, medical professionals must do everything they can to avoid unnecessary delays in the treatment of their patients; we can help hold medical professionals accountable when they do not.
Though the prompt diagnosis of a medical condition will be critical, it is far more important that the diagnosis be correct. Sadly, serious health conditions do get misdiagnosed and patients end up undergoing treatments they do not actually need. Apart from the significant consequences a patient may suffer from not having their medical condition treated, it is possible that the wrong treatment they have been receiving will actually be dangerous in and of itself.
Lack of Informed Consent
Before undergoing any medical procedure or treatment, medical professionals must fully inform their patients of all the risks they will assume. Once the patient knows exactly what the risks will be, he or she needs to then explicitly agree to undergo the procedure or treatment, usually by signing a consent form. If your doctor failed to properly warn you of the risks, and you ended up getting hurt during the procedure or treatment, you likely have grounds for a lawsuit.
While it is true that patients must willingly assume a certain amount of risk before undergoing a surgical procedure—usually by signing a consent form—surgeons may still be held liable for any avoidable errors they make during a procedure. While some forms of malpractice may be easier to identify than others, it is important to note that any action during a surgery that falls below the medical standard of care will be considered medical malpractice.
Emergency Room Errors
Emergency rooms are expected to have the staff and medical resources needed to quickly diagnose and render emergency medical care to stabilize the health of their patients. While emergency rooms can be somewhat chaotic, the management company and its staff must take appropriate measures to protect all their patients from being hurt as the result of a preventable error. That being said, management companies and their staff can be held accountable for avoidable mistakes.
Physicians must carefully manage the medications their patients use on a regular basis in order to help their patients avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions. However, even when medications are properly managed by physicians, it is still possible that the pharmacy may prescribe the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of correct medication. In any event, we can help you hold the responsible party accountable for hurting you or your loved one.
Few things will have the same power to affect you as the untimely death of someone you love. The fact that your loved one may have been saved with more competent medical care is reason enough to be angry, and our lawyers can take the legal action necessary to help you hold the responsible party accountable for your tragic loss. Though this is sure to be a difficult time for you and your family, it will be in your best interests to take legal action as soon after the incident as you are able.
Hospitals need to have the necessary resources and staffing to meet medical standards of care for their patients. When they fail to provide adequate care, hospitals should be held liable for the preventable, and oftentimes serious, harm they cause to their patients. We can help you determine exactly who may be held liable for the mistreatment you or your loved one endured, and then take the legal action necessary to hold them accountable for their negligence.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice
Do I have a case?
In order to answer this question, you’ll need to speak with one of our lawyers first, but if any of the situations above occur to you, there is a good chance you have a case worth pursuing.
How can you prove medical malpractice took place?
Medical malpractice can be proven if another medical professional testifies that your doctor did not act in the ways expected of a prudent doctor. We have connections to a vast network of medical professionals who can help you prove you received was substandard.
How much will I be able to recover?
It is impossible to answer such questions without discussing the specifics of your case, but compensation is usually determined based upon the nature of your injuries, your need for further medical or rehabilitative care, your loss of income, and diminished quality of life. Other damages may be assigned for the pain and suffering you experienced since the accident.
How long will it take to settle my case?
Each case is different, and it depends on a large number of factors. That’s why it is important to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer who can help explain the process. We pride ourselves on our communication with our clients and are ready to help answer any questions you may have.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical error is now the third highest cause of death in the U.S., behind only cancer and heart disease. Those same mistakes lead to at least 1,500,000 injuries every year.
Not all of these cases are due to medical malpractice, but some do fall under this category.
According to the National Practitioner Data Bank, about 400 cases of medical malpractice are settled each year in Illinois. Among those, the bulk of settlements fall within the $100,000-$2,000,000 range. Of the 402 cases in 2016, for instance, 286 fell within that range, while a not insignificant number (13) was settled at a higher amount.
As of 2014, there were .058 claims per 100 doctors in the state of Illinois, which was 28th most in the country.
While many cases never move forward into court cases, and many others are settled out of court, for those that go to trial, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has found 99% are decided by a jury. Regardless of how far the case goes, doctors win the vast majority of cases, sometimes upwards of 90% if the claim is weak.
That means it’s very important to have a good lawyer ready to advocate for your claim and make sure your side is heard clearly.
We Are Ready to Fight For You
You need an advocate who can fight for you.
With incidents that are so complex and painful just when you are at your most vulnerable, you need a lawyer who knows how to turn your case in your favor. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC has a 47-year history of taking tough cases and representing clients who have been mishandled by the medical system.
Unnecessary medical mistakes happen more often than they should. So don’t wait any longer. Call us at 312-346-8620, use our website’s live chat feature, or fill out our confidential consultation form to talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.