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Springfield, Illinois Medical Malpractice Attorney

Lawyers for Birth Injuries, Surgical Errors, Infections, Medication Errors, and Misdiagnosis in Sangamon County

When you visit a doctor, hospital, or other medical provider, you expect to receive high-quality care and treatment. Unfortunately, medical professionals sometimes make mistakes that lead to serious injuries for patients. Medical negligence can take a variety of forms, and it can have long-lasting consequences. If you do not receive the proper treatment for an illness or medical condition, this can affect your health and well-being for years to come. Injuries can also occur because of errors made by doctors or nurses, and your family may struggle to pay for medical treatment for these injuries. These situations can be even more difficult if an injury results in a disability that affects your ability to earn an income. At Kanoski Bresney, we can help you understand your legal options in these cases, and we will work with you to pursue compensation that will fully address the damages you have suffered. Contact us today at 888-U-COUNT-2 or 888-826-8682 to arrange a free consultation.

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Birth Injuries

There are multiple issues that can affect the health and safety of an infant during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. In many cases, birth injuries affecting babies occur because doctors or nurses did not follow the proper procedures. Failure to monitor a child's vital signs or respond to signs of fetal distress during labor and delivery may cause a child to suffer harm, such as asphyxia that can lead to brain injuries and conditions such as cerebral palsy. Infants can also suffer brain trauma or brachial plexus injuries due to the misuse of tools such as forceps or vacuum extractors, or they may contract infections if protective measures are not taken during the delivery process.

Medical negligence can also lead to birth injuries for mothers. While hospital staff members are trained and equipped to quickly address health concerns for infants, the same level of care is often not provided for mothers who experience complications during labor and delivery. Issues such as uterine rupture or placental abruption can lead to hemorrhaging, causing a mother to suffer harm due to the loss of blood. Failure to properly address preeclampsia, or high blood pressure during pregnancy, can lead to serious health conditions, including organ failure. Mothers may also experience vaginal lacerations if the proper procedures are not followed during delivery.

Doctor Errors

Doctors are required to meet certain standards of care when providing treatment to patients. Under these standards, a doctor must take the same steps and make the same decisions that another competent provider with the same level of training and experience would provide in the same situation. When doctors fail to meet this standard of care, patients can suffer serious harm. A patient may pursue compensation for injuries that occurred because of a doctor's negligence, and to do so, they will need to show that the doctor failed to meet their duty of care toward the patient and that this resulted in injuries that caused the patient to experience damages.

In many cases, errors by doctors involve a failure to properly consider a patient's medical history, including past treatments they have received, conditions that have affected their family members, and allergies to certain medications. Doctors may fail to order the proper diagnostic tests, or they may misinterpret test results. Patients may also suffer harm if a doctor prescribes treatments that are not medically necessary. If you have suffered harm due to the negligence of a doctor, our attorneys can help you gather evidence to show that the doctor was responsible for your injuries, and we will work to make sure you are fully compensated for your damages.


While hospitals and doctor's offices are meant to be safe, sanitary facilities where patients can receive care, they can also be breeding grounds for infectious diseases, especially when contagious patients are receiving treatment. Other patients may contract infections, and this can cause them serious harm, especially if they are already experiencing health conditions that may make them more vulnerable to harmful viruses and bacteria. If infections are not properly treated, they may spread throughout a patient's bloodstream, leading to sepsis, a serious condition that can cause issues such as organ or respiratory failure.

Medical personnel may be responsible for infections contracted by patients if they did not follow the proper procedures or take steps to maintain sanitary conditions in a hospital or medical facility. Patients may experience infections due to the failure to sterilize surfaces, tools, or medical equipment or because doctors or nurses did not wash their hands or use gloves when necessary. Failure to follow the correct procedures during surgery can also lead to patient infections, and the improper use of antibiotics in a hospital can lead to the spread of microorganisms that are resistant to the standard forms of treatment.

Delay and Misdiagnosis

An incorrect diagnosis of a patient's condition can cause serious injuries. Not only will a patient not receive the treatment they need, but they may suffer harm because of unnecessary treatment that has a negative impact on their health and well-being. There are a variety of reasons why doctors may misdiagnose a patient, including lack of experience, failure to properly review a person's medical history or failure to perform the correct diagnostic tests. In many cases, misdiagnosis occurs because a doctor dismisses the pain and discomfort reported by a patient or believes that a person is experiencing psychological symptoms rather than physical issues.

A delayed diagnosis can be just as harmful as an incorrect diagnosis. If a doctor does not recognize that a patient's symptoms indicate a serious health condition, the proper treatment may not be administered in time to effectively address these concerns. Failure to diagnose cancer can often lead to patients suffering serious harm or wrongful death because their disease spreads beyond the point where it can be effectively treated. Delays in diagnosis can also occur for patients who suffer from heart attacks, blood clots, appendicitis, or strokes, and a lack of timely treatment can lead to permanent injuries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a time limit for filing a personal injury claim?

In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years in most cases. This means that person must file a claim within two years after an accident or within two years after they first knew about an injury. In some cases involving government liability, the statute of limitations is one year.

What is my personal injury claim worth?

The value of a personal injury will be based on a number of factors, including the age and health of the victim, the extent and severity of their injuries, disabilities that have affected the victim's ability to earn an income, the physical and emotional pain and suffering of a victim and their family, and whether an injury occurred because of someone's gross negligence.

Can I receive compensation if I was partially at fault for an injury?

Under the comparative negligence laws in IL, you can pursue compensation as long as you were 50% at fault for your injury or less. If it is determined that you were partially at fault, the compensation you can receive will be reduced by the percentage that you were at fault. If you were 25% at fault, you will receive 75% of the total amount of your damages.

What are my options if I was in a car accident with an uninsured driver?

If an at-fault driver was uninsured, or if their insurance policy will not fully cover your damages, your own insurance policy may provide uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. Our attorneys can help you negotiate a settlement with your insurance company and determine whether you have other options for receiving compensation in an accident.

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