In the video above, attorney Susan Capra answers some of the most frequently asked questions related to medical malpractice. Ms. Capra is not only a partner at Clifford Law Offices, but also a registered nurse who is well-aware of the issues involved in medical malpractice claims. Questions she answers in the video include:
- What is medical malpractice?
- What are some common types of medical malpractice?
- What should someone do if they believe they are a victim of medical malpractice?
- What needs to happen for a medical malpractice lawsuit to be filed?
We have more videos on this topic. This series of short videos covers such issues as whether malpractice has occurred, what you need to prepare for a malpractice case and how medical malpractice cases are settled. Want to learn more? Read our medical malpractice FAQs.
What Is Malpractice, And What Should You Do About It?
Medical malpractice is a term lawyers use to describe negligence that results in death or injury by a health care provider who fails to adhere to the accepted standards of practice and care for the relevant procedure. This includes doctors, nurses, dentists, technicians, pathologists, hospitals, nursing home facilities and any person or entity that provides medical care.
The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that caps on damages involving medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional. It is the third time that the state's highest court made that finding, eliminating limits in medical negligence cases. This lack of a cap means that medical providers, medical facilities and their insurance companies fiercely contest malpractice claims. As such, it is important to choose an attorney who can stand up to these large entities and fight for justice on your behalf. It is also vital that you seek help right away, as insurance companies often launch their lawyers into action immediately upon learning of potential malpractice.
Our Medical Negligence Practice
Clifford Law Offices in Chicago has handled numerous medical malpractice cases. In this era of health care change, Clifford Law Offices' commitment to consumer rights and awareness is unwavering. We handle all forms of medical malpractice claims, including those involving:
- Defective medical devices (product liability)
- Improper treatment
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Defective medication
With an attorney-nurse as well as a full-time nurse with a legal background working on these negligence and malpractice cases, Clifford Law Offices offers in-depth medical insight to its clients and referring attorneys. We combine innovative legal theories with well-researched facts related to current medical and pharmaceutical practices.
Robert A. Clifford and Keith A. Hebeisen, partners and medical negligence attorneys at the firm, have written extensively on this subject and were among those in the forefront of the fight on behalf of patients' rights to a trial by jury.
Our Multimillion-Dollar Medical Malpractice Case Results
- $15.55 million: A 33-year-old woman dies after a cesarean section due to massive bleeding caused by doctors' negligence in failing to diagnose and properly treat placenta abnormality. (Attorneys: Sarah F. King and Keith Hebeisen)
- $5 million: A 41-year-old Chicago area woman suffers unnecessary hysterectomy after a doctor performs a C-section to deliver her first child. (Attorney: Keith Hebeisen)
- $16 million: A newborn suffers brain damage when oxygen is cut off after doctors and hospital personnel fail to perform a timely C-section. (Attorneys: Bob Clifford and Keith Hebeisen)
- $13.5 million: An infant suffers severe brain damage at birth as a result of improperly mixed intravenous solution. (Attorneys: Bob Clifford and Keith Hebeisen)
- $12 million settlement: Failure to diagnose cancer leads to metastatic cancer in a 55-year-old man. (Attorneys: Bob Clifford and Keith Hebeisen)
- $12 million: A record medical malpractice verdict in DuPage County is won on behalf of an infant who suffered permanent and severe brain damage as a result of a delayed C-section delivery. (Attorney: Keith Hebeisen)
- $6.75 million: Doctors and hospital personnel negligently fail to timely recognize, diagnose and treat a baby girl in the intermediate care nursery who developed jaundice that resulted in permanent brain injury. (Attorney: Keith Hebeisen)
- $6 million: A young mother of two suffers severe disfigurement when doctors unnecessarily remove a healthy breast after a lab technician mixes up pathology slides. (Attorneys: Bob Clifford and Keith Hebeisen)
- $5 million verdict: A doctor performs an unnecessary hysterectomy on a 31-year-old Chicago area woman after a C-section to deliver her first child. (Attorneys: Keith Hebeisen)
- $4.5 million: A 52-year-old mother of three suffers permanent and severe brain damage after a hospital fails to monitor her breathing following hip replacement surgery. (Attorney: Bob Clifford)
- $3.6 million: A 55-year-old woman dies when a doctor fails to properly and timely diagnose her breast cancer, leaving one adult disabled daughter. (Attorney: Keith Hebeisen)
- $3.2 million: The plaintiff suffered a spinal cord injury during surgery and is permanently disabled and partially paralyzed in all four extremities. (Attorney: Keith Hebeisen)
- $3.2 million (partial): A 46-year-old man is paralyzed after surgery, leaving him incontinent, impotent and severely spastic. (Attorney: Keith Hebeisen)
- $2.5 million: A mother is in labor for 25 hours with prolonged periods during which her baby was deprived of sufficient oxygen and suffered from poor fetal tones; her son is born with cerebral palsy and dies two years later from a seizure disorder. (Attorneys: Richard F. Burke Jr. and Shannon M. McNulty)