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Chicago IL personal injury lawyerBeing a physician requires a high degree of responsibility. After all, they do often have our lives in their hands. While most physicians exhibit a high degree of knowledge and professionalism, it is important to remember that doctors are humans, too, and can sometimes make mistakes. However, that does not mean they cannot be held accountable for their actions. When a physician causes an injury to another person, there is a chance that they could be held liable for the damages caused by those injuries. Medical malpractice claims can be complicated, which is why it is crucial to work with an attorney who is familiar with them.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional causes an injury to a patient due to their negligence, and that patient suffers some type of loss because of the injury. There are many ways a physician can commit medical malpractice, including:

  • Failure to diagnose

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Chicago personal injury attorneysOnce upon a time, an injured person’s lawsuit died with them. This might be shocking, but it meant that someone whose negligent or wrongful conduct ended up killing someone could not be held liable in civil court for that death. At Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we are happy to report that the law has changed.

Now, Illinois recognizes wrongful death cases. Surviving family members can receive compensation when a loved one is killed by the wrongful conduct of another person. Doing so, however, generally requires the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney.

What is a Wrongful Death?

The relevant statute is the Illinois Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180). It states that a wrongful death is one caused by the default, neglect, or wrongful act of another person so that, if the person had lived, he or she could have brought a personal injury lawsuit.

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