Medical Malpractice

The incidence of medical malpractice is pervasive – any patient, or any member of a family, could be victimized by failure of medical care, as shown by statistics like these:

  • Latest statistics show that medical errors now rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States, with 440,000 fatalities ranking only behind deaths directly attributed to cancer and heart disease.
  • Researchers found that medical errors affect up to 16 percent of patients admitted to hospitals. Close to 50 percent of these adverse events are attributable to surgical procedures.
  • Up to 70 percent of errors are related to equipment available in operating rooms, implicating product liability as well as malpractice.

Even trusted family general practitioners can be a source of malpractice concern, as they rank among the top five practice specialties responsible for malpractice (up to 20 percent of claims).

The attorneys at Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny have a long and impressive history of successfully representing individuals who have suffered injury or death due to medical malpractice. We understand the high barriers that have to be cleared to prove that malpractice occurred.  It’s not enough just to show that a health care professional simply violated the standard of care – we focus on proving that you or your loved one sustained an injury – brain damage, paralysis or death – that would not have occurred without negligence by the care provider.  That negligence can involve such critical issues as:

  • Birth injury to child or mother.
  • Medication errors in prescription drugs or anesthesia.
  • Surgical mistakes involving lapses in judgment, skill or attention.
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition.
  • Emergency room error.
  • Brain and related nerve injury.

Having handled medical malpractice cases throughout Illinois and in other states, we know that litigation can be expensive to pursue, and success can depend on how your lawyer understands not only the law, but the complex interaction of medical requirements and expertise.  We bring to your case the skills of experienced trial lawyers who have won millions of dollars in just compensation for clients, and received significant peer recognition for professional accomplishment.

We every medical malpractice matter extremely well-prepared and with in-depth knowledge of defense tactics. We have a thorough understanding of how medical professionals reach a diagnosis, what risk factors and symptoms they typically consider, and by what criteria negligence can be identified. This enables us to build effective cases for judges and juries.

 

 

Successes

$17 Million Emergency Room Error Settlement

A male with a history of and a severe risk of developing bacterial endocarditis went to the University of Chicago Medical Center complaining of severe…

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$32 Million Settlement for Quadruple Amputation Due to Delayed Diagnosis

We represented the mother of a Chicago girl who, at age 8, was taken to the hospital with a fever and pain in her right…

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$10 Million Settlement for Misdiagnosed Brain Injury Resulting in Paraplegia

Our client, a 41-year-old married father of two, suffered an injury on the right side of his head while playing touch football at a youth…

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$12 Million for Medical Malpractice

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$32 Million Jury Verdict for Cerebral Palsy from Birth Injury

A 7-year-old boy suffers from cerebral palsy, critical blindness, and is fed through a tube following a hospital staff’s failure to recognize numerous signs of…

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$12 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement

A 6-year-old boy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia as a result of untreated bacterial meningitis.

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$35 Million Settlement for Brain Injury at Birth

We represented the mother of a 5-year-old boy who suffered a severe brain injury during birth. The child’s injuries were sustained as doctors performed an…

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$5.5 Million Settlement for Birth Injury

A woman’s son was born with severe brain damage after delays in delivery caused him to be deprived of oxygen.  

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$11 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement

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$20.25 Million Jury Verdict for Fetal Distress Injuries

A newborn suffered brain damage and severe cerebral palsy after hospital staff failed to recognize hours of fetal distress.

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