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Common types of medical malpractice in Illinois

Medical malpractice is an all too common issue in the world today. Even though there are advances in technology that can help to prevent medical malpractice it is still a possibility in all types of medical fields. Doctors can make mistakes. These mistakes can be honest, but even if they are, patients are still within their legal rights to receive compensation in Chicago, Illinois.

A common type of medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to diagnose a patient or issues an improper diagnosis. When this happens, the patient could wind up becoming more ill than they already are as the proper treatment wouldn’t have been administered yet. Some patients can find themselves seriously ill. This medical malpractice can even lead to death.

Another type of medical malpractice occurs when a doctor operates on the wrong patient or on the wrong part of the patient. For example, the patient who received a surgery was not scheduled for one but maybe his or her roommate in the hospital was scheduled for the surgery. The other example is when a patient is scheduled for surgery on his or her left leg but the doctor operates on the right leg.

Medical malpractice can also occur when a doctor improperly prescribes medication to a patient. This most commonly occurs when a patient is prescribed too much of a medication that he or she overdoses or too little of a medication that his or her illness or disease is not treated properly.

If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice you need to receive an evaluation from a third party who is not associated with the doctor in question. You also need to document everything that happened that led up to the incident in Chicago.

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