Decatur Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical errors are a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. At Kanoski Bresney in Decatur, Illinois, we believe negligent healthcare providers should be held accountable for the harm they cause to patients. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your options under the law.
Why Choose Kanoski Bresney?
- We have successfully recovered more than $400 million for our clients.
- Our Decatur personal injury attorneys have more than 40 years of experience representing people who have been wrongfully injured through negligence.
- We are trial lawyers who are not intimidated by large corporations or courtrooms. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial if that is what is needed to recover the compensation you deserve.
Why You Need an Experienced Lawyer in Illinois Med Mal Claims
Medical malpractice claims are complicated cases, involving complex medical and legal issues. Proving liability will likely require a detailed investigation, along with the testimony of expert witnesses. Our Decatur medical malpractice attorneys have the experience, skills, and resources to effectively pursue the best possible outcome in your case.
Medical Malpractice Statistics in Illinois
In its 2018 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis, Diederich Healthcare provides data and statistics regarding medical malpractice payouts in 2017:
- A total of $3,925,073,250 was paid out for medical malpractice claims in the U.S.
- 30% of the total amount was paid out for medical malpractice injuries resulting in death.
- 20% was paid out for major permanent injuries.
- 18% was paid out for significant permanent injuries.
- 12% was paid out for quadriplegic, brain damage, and lifelong care injuries.
- Illinois was among the top states per capita for medical malpractice payouts, with between $20 and $25 paid out per person residing in the state.
Average Payout Amounts for Med Mal Claims
By severity of injury categories, the average payouts for medical malpractice claims in 2017 were:
- $1,029,105 for quadriplegic, brain damage, and lifelong care injuries
- $600,797 for major permanent injuries
- $425,645 for significant permanent injuries
- $374,530 for injuries resulting in death
- $236,057 for minor permanent injuries
- $214,407 for major temporary injuries
- $91,678 for emotional injuries
- $72,850 for minor temporary injuries
Types of Medical Malpractice in Illinois
Diedrich Healthcare broke down the nearly $4 billion total payouts in 2017 into categories based on types of medical malpractice. The breakdown is as follows:
- Diagnosis errors – 34%
- Surgical errors – 22%
- Treatment errors – 19%
- Obstetrics errors – 9%
- Medication errors – 5%
- Monitoring errors – 5%
- Other medical errors – 6%
Who Is Liable?
Proving fault is the key to recovering compensation in a medical malpractice claim. Liability for medical negligence is not limited to licensed physicians. Hospitals may be held directly liable for negligence on the part of the facility, or vicariously liable for the negligence of their employees. Potentially responsible parties in a medical malpractice claim include:
- Hospitals and healthcare facilities
- Physician’s assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Other healthcare providers
- Pharmaceutical companies
Connect with Our Decatur Office Today
Patients today have no other choice than to trust their healthcare providers for the medical care they need. Negligent doctors, nurses, and hospitals that fail in their duty should be held accountable for the injuries they have caused. If you or your loved one has been injured by medical malpractice in Decatur, IL, call the injury attorneys at Kanoski Bresney today to schedule a free case consultation.