Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Decatur
and Springfield, IL
You expect capable treatment and care with any medical professional. Unfortunately, you can find yourself with an illness or injury that a qualified medical professional could — and should — have caught or treated. If this has happened to you, schedule a free consultation with Shay & Associations Law Firm, your medical malpractice lawyers in Decatur, IL, and Springfield, IL.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is any injury or illness that happens because of a medical expert's neglect. This can happen because a medical professional's misdiagnosis, lack of appropriate treatment, delay in treatment, or lack of warning of side effects for a treatment that a patient would have declined had they known.
You can pursue a medical malpractice suit against any medical professional.
How Do You Prove Your Medical Malpractice Claim?
Your medical malpractice must meet certain elements:
- Legal duty: A medical professional has a duty to care for you by accepted medical standards. If the medical professional does not meet these standards, this can be a cause for a medical malpractice claim.
- Injury: Your injury happens because of breached medical duty due to neglect.
- Lack of standard care: Your medical professional provides neglectful, incompetent, or non-standard care that resulted in your injury.
Speak to the medical malpractice law experts at Shay & Associates Law Firm in Decatur, IL, or Springfield, IL, today.
What Is the Medical Malpractice Law Process?
After a free initial consultation, we proceed with the following steps.
We first investigate your claim. This can include medical record reviews and personal interviews about your condition or injury. Based on these findings, we can determine whether your medical malpractice claim has merit.
Medical Expert Verification
We will seek out medical experts who can verify your claim of medical negligence. These experts can provide a certificate of merit.
Law Suit Filing
Once we have a medical expert's certificate of merit, we can file the lawsuit.
Evaluation and Discovery
Once a judge has sanctioned the certificate of merit, discovery efforts begin. This includes interrogatories, requests for documents, or depositions.
Mediation or Litigation
In settlement efforts, we try mediation first. Mediation works if both parties can agree on a settlement. If they can't agree, the lawsuit goes to trial.
A judge and jury will hear all the evidence for both sides. Then they will decide on the validity of the lawsuit and the compensation amount.
What Damages Can I Pursue for Compensation?
You have a right to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical expenses and loss of wages. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering. Currently, Illinois medical malpractice law sets no cap on damages.
However, the statute of limitations is two years. Act now before your claim is too late.
Why Choose Shay & Associates Law Firm?
Shay & Associates Law Firm is experienced in medical malpractice law throughout Decatur, IL, and Springfield, IL. Our entire law firm is known for our aggressive, tenacious representation to get you the compensation you deserve.
We help you understand your case, including all your options. With over 20 years of experience, we strive to give you the best settlement possible.
Choose our medical malpractice lawyers today by calling us at (217) 523-5900 in Springfield, IL, or at (217) 425-5900 in Decatur, IL.