A Chicago-Based Medical Malpractice Lawyer Who Will Fight For You
Every day we place our trust in medical professionals to keep us healthy and safe. If this trust has been violated by your medical provider or hospital and it results in physical harm, give Brian Lewis a call.
25 Years of Experience in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Medical malpractice is all-too-common, killing at least 250,000 people each year and injuring even more. Brian Lewis is a seasoned attorney who will relentlessly pursue justice on your behalf if you or a loved one are a victim to medical malpractice.
Settlement when a baby sustained brain damage during a delayed delivery, leading to severe cognitive and speech deficits, Brian helped the family win this major settlement.
IV Pump Injury
Settlement when a nurse negligently programmed an IV pump, leading to injury, Brian’s unwavering negotiations resulted in a large settlement from the hospital.
What Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
Does Lewis Law Firm Handle?
If you’ve experienced one or more of the following scenarios, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
If a doctor incorrectly diagnoses an illness or condition that has led to injury or harm. For instance, a patient goes to the ER with chest pains and the doctor diagnoses it as indigestion, but it was actually a heart attack.
Lack of Informed Consent
When a doctor or hospital does not properly convey the side effects, benefits, and alternatives to a procedure or medicine, which results in injury.
If the negligence of medical staff leads to the injury of a newborn. For example, staff should be conducting continual testing pre-birth so that they may anticipate any complications. Failing to do so opens them up to liabilities.
This can include failure to relay critical information about side effects, prescribing the wrong dosage or medication, mislabeling the medication, failure to conduct the proper tests, and more.
Spinal Cord Injuries
If your spinal cord has been injured in the process of administering medication or physical therapy. For instance, pain blockers or epidurals that are given prior to birth have a chance to pierce the spinal cord if they are not administered properly, resulting in lifelong disabilities.
Extracting the wrong tooth, anesthesia complications, failure to diagnose dental conditions, and more are all ways that dental malpractice cases can be pursued.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice
How long does a medical malpractice claim take in Illinois?
The statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice case in Illinois is two years from the date the injury should have reasonably been known. Surgical errors are often discovered immediately. However, other types of medical malpractice, such as failure to diagnose, may take years to be noticed.
If the injury is discovered later, you may have up to four years to file a claim. In terms of reaching a settlement, this is all dependent on whether litigation is required. If not, your claim could be settled in as little as a year. If litigation is required, it may take much longer.
How do I know if I have a legal claim for medical malpractice in Illinois?
There are a few things that you need to prove in order to have a solid medical malpractice lawsuit. These include:
- Violation of the standard of care: ‘Standard of care’ is a legal term referring to the degree of care a reasonably careful physician, nurse, or hospital would provide under the same or similar circumstances. To file a claim, you must first prove that the doctor or medical staff were negligent or deviated from standard procedure.
- Injury resulted: Because of the negligence, you have sustained injury or illness.
- Damages resulted: Pursuing monetary damages is critical, so being able to prove loss of income, permanent disability, or significant medical bills came from the negligence is required.
Ultimately, the best way to tell if you have a medical malpractice case is to get in touch with a seasoned expert.
What can a medical malpractice lawyer help you recover?
Medical malpractice lawyers will help you recover concrete monetary damages caused by permanent disability, including:
- Loss of income
- Medical bills
- Funeral costs
Additionally, a medical malpractice attorney will negotiate damages to compensate for non-economic losses you may have suffered due to medical malpractice. This comprehensive pursuit of justice can help provide a sense of closure. Non-economic damages can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Disability and disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Loss of love or companionship
Additional Successes in Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice verdict for a client whose surgeon failed to monitor her for complications after surgery.
Settlement for a baby who suffered neurologic damage due to medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice settlement against a podiatrist for failure to properly treat peripheral vascular disease in diabetic patient who later required a below-the-knee amputation.
Let Brian Lewis Fight for Your Medical Malpractice Case
With over 25 years of experience in the field, Brian Lewis has helped countless clients reach the settlements they need and the closure they deserve. If you or a loved one are a victim of medical negligence, schedule a free, one-on-one consultation with Brian Lewis today.