Death Due to Malpractice

Professional guidance and sensitivity from Illinois malpractice attorneys

When the negligence of a doctor or hospital causes the death of a loved one, it can be a shocking and traumatic experience for surviving family members.  The Illinois wrongful death attorneys of Phillips Law Offices provide the professional guidance and sensitivity families need to recover the compensation they deserve, while coping with the wrongful death of a loved one due to medical malpractice.  With over 65 years of experience, we understand the pain and loss felt by families after losing a loved one in a medical malpractice case.

There are many types of malpractice

Under Illinois law, medical professionals—such as doctors, dentists, and surgeons—can be liable for their wrongful acts, negligence, or defaults when those acts result in the death of the patient. Some common causes of wrongful death due to medical malpractice include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Medication errors
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Surgical errors
  • Failure to diagnose heart attack or cancers

With the help of an Illinois malpractice attorney, surviving family members can recover compensation for the loss of a loved one if they can prove:

  • There was a doctor-patient relationship
  • The doctor or hospital was negligent
  • The negligence caused the death or harm to the decedent
  • The decedent has surviving family members, such as a spouse or surviving kin, who suffered harm because of his or her death

Once surviving spouses or other family members prove they suffered harm, they must also prove the type of harm suffered—including loss of contributions the decedent would have provided, such as wages and benefits, funeral costs, and compensation for their own grief and mental suffering.

Act quickly with the help of an Illinois malpractice attorney

Cases involving the wrongful death of a loved one caused by medical malpractice are not only emotionally difficult, they are also quite complicated, involving a complex web of laws and necessary medical testimony. In addition, Illinois law limits the period surviving family members can sue for the wrongful death of their loved one to within two years after the date of the person’s death.

For families who lost a loved one due to the negligence of a doctor or other health professional, it is essential to hire a skilled and experienced Illinois malpractice attorney immediately to avoid losing the right to recover compensation and to increase the chances of a successful verdict.

Contact us today

If you are looking for qualified Illinois malpractice attorneys, the lawyers of Phillips Law Offices in Chicago offer comprehensive quality legal services to families who lost loved ones due to medical malpractice throughout Illinois. Please call us at (312) 346-4262 or contact us online today for a free consultation about your case.