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My Doctor Provided the Wrong Treatment. What Can I Do?

Published on June 23rd, 2020

Patients put an enormous amount of trust in their doctor’s ability to diagnose and treat their illnesses. Many years of medical school provides doctors with expert credentials, and yet mistakes are perhaps more common than you might think. According to a 2016 Johns Hopkins study, more than 250,000 deaths in the U.S. are caused by a medical error annually. This figure places medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart and respiratory disease.

Common Causes of Treatment Errors

Errors in treatment can take many different forms. Some of the most common treatment errors that our medical malpractice attorney in Rockford encounters include:

  • The doctor fails to make note of signs of an illness, resulting in a delay in treatment.
  • The patient’s condition is misdiagnosed and the doctor orders an incorrect treatment that is ineffective or harmful.
  • The condition is outside of the doctor’s scope of knowledge or training and they fail to refer their patient to a specialist.

Not All Bad Outcomes are Considered Malpractice

In some cases, a patient’s injury or death following treatment will not be deemed medical malpractice. With each case, our medical malpractice attorney in Rockford looks to determine if the treatment provided falls below the standard of care. This means considering whether another reasonably careful medical professional would take the same action under similar circumstances.

Working With a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Rockford

Hiring a qualified attorney who is familiar with medical malpractice law is key to success in these cases. Your lawyer can help you communicate with doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to collect the evidence necessary to support your claim. They can also help you procure the investigators or experts needed to establish the facts of your case. Some medical malpractice suits can be settled without going to court. If your case does go to trial, having a qualified legal team on your side can help make the process easier on you and your family.

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In the State of Illinois, patients have up to two (2) years from the date that they knew or should have known about the injury. Do you feel that your doctor’s misdiagnosis, mistreatment, or failure to warn you about the risks of your treatment has harmed you? You may be entitled to damages. In order to encourage people to seek the legal help they need, the American Law Firm provides free case evaluations to all potential clients. Reach out to speak to a medical malpractice attorney in Rockford today!

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