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How to Know If You Might Have Been the Victim of Medical Malpractice

Although accidents and injuries can happen through the fault of no one, in some instances, injuries are the result of medical malpractice. It can be difficult for patients and their families to determine whether an injury or death was caused by medical malpractice or not.

The following are some signs that can help you tell if you might have been the victim of medical malpractice:

  • A medical error was made during the administration of treatment. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers have an obligation to adhere to certain standards of medical care, and the failure to do so can result in injuries and exacerbated medical conditions.

  • The medical condition does not improve with treatment. If your injury or medical condition does not improve with the prescribed treatment, you should seek a second opinion. The medical treatment you were prescribed could have been incorrect or inappropriate.

  • The diagnosis does not seem to correspond to the symptoms. If the diagnosis you were given does not seem appropriate in light of your symptoms, you may have been misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosis is a common form of medical malpractice that can lead to exacerbated medical conditions because the patient does not receive the treatment he or she needs.

  • The doctor relied solely on lab results to reach your diagnosis. Lab results are often incorrect and there can be false positives associated with a number of tests. Accordingly, your doctor should perform additional tests and listen carefully to your symptoms.

  • The doctor did not perform a commonly used test to diagnose your illness.Because doctors are expected to adhere to certain standards of medical care, they are often expected to perform commonly used tests to diagnose certain medical conditions.

  • The doctor did not ask questions about your condition and symptoms. Proper medical care requires a collaborative effort between the patient, the doctor, and all medical providers. If the doctor does not take the time to ask questions about your condition or listen to your concerns, he or she could be liable for medical malpractice.

  • The hospital staff is understaffed. If a hospital or nursing home is understaffed, patients often do not receive the medical attention that they need and medical mistakes can results.

The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are committed to protecting the public from substandard medical care and helping the victims of medical malpractice obtain full and fair financial compensation for their injuries. If you suspect that you might have been the victim of medical negligence, contact the Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible medical malpractice claim.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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