We live our lives under the impression that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are here to help us. While this is generally the case, sometimes they fail us in a big way. When this happens, your job is to recover from the incident — but not alone or without appropriate compensation.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
According to Diederich Healthcare, Illinois ranked as the 10th highest state for medical malpractice payouts per capita in 2012. The reasons for these cases varied, with the most common allegations stemming from:
- Diagnosis-related incidents (33%)
- Surgery-related incidents (24%)
- Treatment-related incidents (18%)
- Obstetrics-related incidents (11%)
- Medication-related incidents (4%)
- Monitoring-related incidents (3%)
- Anesthesia-related incidents (3%)
- Other incidents (4%)
Clearly, you are not alone if you’re facing a medical malpractice issue. If you feel that you were treated improperly regarding one of the areas above, it’s important that you act quickly to hold the healthcare provider responsible for their negligence.