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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Each year, thousands of people are injured or died as a result of preventable medical errors. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor (or other health care provider) fails to provide a patient the degree of care that a reasonable and competent doctor (or health care provider) would provide under similar circumstances resulting in injury to the patient. Most medical malpractice cases are filed against doctors, nurses or hospitals because they failed to use reasonable care in treating a patient. Some of the most common examples of medical malpractice include a physician's failure to diagnose a medical condition, failure to utilize appropriate surgical techniques, and failure to provide proper and timely treatment. A physician may also commit malpractice by performing a procedure without obtaining the patient's informed consent or by allowing a substitute surgeon to perform a surgery on his or her patient without the patient's knowledge or consent.

Medical malpractice cases require the injured party to prove that his or her treatment was not proper or reasonable. The law requires that this proof be presented in the form of expert testimony from other doctors who practice in the same field of medicine. Finding doctors willing to testify in court that the defendant doctor committed malpractice is extremely difficult. Understandably, these cases are highly technical, time consuming, and expensive.

If you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is vital that you contact an attorney immediately to protect your rights as Illinois has strict statutes of limitation for medical malpractice cases.