We like to think of doctors as infallible men and women who always make the best decisions and exercise only the most sober judgment in their care of us. But doctors are people too, and they can make mistakes that can hurt you. If you or someone you love has been injured through improper medical care, contact the Urbana personal injury attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling(217) 328-6000.
What is Malpractice?
Many people think of malpractice as an accident during surgery, but the term is actually much broader in scope. Anytime a medical professional fails to act according to the standards of his or her profession, medical practice may be to blame. Whether a doctor did it deliberately or accidentally, it could still be considered malpractice. Some common forms of malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis of a condition
- Surgical errors and mistakes
- Improperly administered anesthesia
- Errors in prescribing medication
Malpractice in Illinois
According to Illinois state law, the statute of limitations for filing a claim against a doctor alleging malpractice is two years. That is, you must file your lawsuit within two years of the act that caused your injury. If the injury cannot be discovered within two years, then you have four years to file your lawsuit. Many states have statutes of limitations for malpractice in order to make it more difficult to file fraudulent or frivolous lawsuits.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, it is important to seek compensation. Contact the Urbana personal injury attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling (217) 328-6000.