Champaign Delayed Treatment Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical malpractice can happen in a variety of ways, some of which are less apparent than others. An often overlooked source of medical malpractice is when a needed medical intervention is late or even overlooked. This particular form of malpractice can occur in almost any field of medicine and under a wide variety of circumstances. Failure to provide prompt cancer treatments, to provide timely life support during a “code blue,” or to diagnose and treat appendicitis are a few examples. Failures in this sequence have the worst outcomes for patients with heart disease, cancer and cancer-related diseases, patients in the intensive care and cardiac care units, and meningitis in children. Delay in treatment often goes hand-in-hand with failure to diagnose.
One of the foundational cornerstones of medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of medical illness. A physician trains for many years, and we expect them to act competently. We rely on them to offer us reasonable care. When this does not happen, the physician may be held liable for malpractice. Spiros Law, P.C. is dedicated to securing financial compensation and justice for those who are harmed by the negligence or recklessness of others, including in medical malpractice. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at (815) 929-9292 or by filling out a contact form on our website to schedule a free consultation.
Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
Failure to treat can have serious consequences for your health and your finances. You have the right to demand financial compensation from the negligent healthcare providers who failed you, but you are unlikely to be successful without an attorney’s assistance. A poor outcome is not enough to prove medical malpractice. You will have to demonstrate that the healthcare provider in question violated the standard of care, meaning they did not provide treatment that a reasonable physician in similar circumstances would have done. You will then have to prove that their failure to treat directly led to your injuries or illness, and that this injury or illness caused you significant damages. Proving all of these elements requires consulting with medical experts, gathering evidence, and understanding medical malpractice law. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will know exactly what to do to meet all the requirements of your case. With their help, you are likely to receive a much greater payout than you would on your own.
Why Choose Spiros Law, P.C.?
The medical malpractice attorneys from Spiros Law, P.C. have both years of experience and a winning track record. We have won hundreds of millions of dollars for our past clients, including over $3 million for one individual medical malpractice case, and been named as Super Lawyers. We are able to achieve these successes because we have spent the last ten years fighting for our neighbors in Illinois. We utilize a unique team approach to all of our cases, meaning your case will benefit from the unique perspectives of many members of our team, including attorneys, investigators, paralegals, nurse consultants, and more. While we understand that it may be impossible to fully restore the physical harms that you’ve suffered, we will fight to get you all the money that you deserve to cover your past, present, and future expenses, as well as money to compensate for your pain and suffering.
How Does a Failure to Treat Happen?
A recent study by the National Institute of Health supported the association between delay in providing medical treatment to VA patients resulting in significant negative health outcomes, including death. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (2014), medical errors account for over 480,000 deaths – the largest proportion of all accidental deaths in the United States. Errors due to “failure to treat” account for a disproportionate percentage of these accidental deaths, with over 12 million patients suffering injuries from failure to treat errors.
According to The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, most failure to treat errors occur due to the following reasons:
- Failure to diagnose: Physicians often miss the nexus between physical symptoms, physical exam findings, labs and other tests, and the proper medical condition. If a physician fails to diagnose the problem, they will not prescribe the proper treatment, allowing the problem to worsen and complications to arise.
- Interpretation errors: Failure to treat can occur when the physician makes mistakes in interpreting physical findings, lab tests, radiology tests, and ultimately the illness. When a physician misunderstands the source of the problem, they may prescribe improper treatment, again worsening your medical condition. This also means that the proper treatment will be delayed.
- Delays in diagnosis: When this occurs, it is not likely that prompt treatment will be provided. When a physician is busy or distracted, they may simply miss reading reports or lab tests. When a problem is diagnosed late, you may miss opportunities for simpler, less invasive, and less expensive treatments, causing you physical and financial suffering.
These errors can occur for a variety of reasons, including overcrowded hospitals, carelessness on the part of the physician, miscommunication between hospital staff, and failure on the part of the physician to keep abreast of advances in medicine.
Compensation You May Be Owed
If you choose to pursue a medical malpractice case, you may be able to win a significant amount of money for damages, including:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Rehabilitative costs
- Disability and related costs
- Pain and suffering
Remember that you can only recover compensation for these damages if they were directly caused by the delay in treatment. Medical expenses you incurred prior to the delayed treatment, for example, cannot be covered in your claim.
If you tragically lost a loved one due to a delay in treatment, Spiros Law, P.C. can also help you pursue a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties. Through this claim, you may be able to recover financial compensation for their final expenses, related medical expenses, and your loss of support, among other damages.
Contact a Champaign Medical Malpractice Attorney
Delayed medical treatment has a harsh effect on the lives of those who experience it and their families. You undoubtedly need to recover money to stay financially afloat during this difficult time. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a delay in treatment, the Champaign medical malpractice attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are prepared to stand up for your rights and recover the money that you need and deserve. To learn more about medical malpractice or to discuss your case, contact us at (815) 929-9292 today to schedule a free consultation.