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What Does a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Do?

What does a medical malpractice lawyer do?

If you, or someone you love, are the victim of medical malpractice, finding a good medical malpractice lawyer is very important. If you are like most people the only thing you know about medical malpractice law is what you have seen on TV commercials and billboards. Most of those advertisements will give you the impression […]

Thousands of Surgical Errors Occur Every Year (Infographic)

Surgical Errors

Every year thousands of surgical errors occur. Surgical errors are different from bad outcomes, which are the known risks of undergoing a surgical procedure. The document you sign before surgery called a “consent” form, is where the doctor lists these known risks. The consent you give, however, must be “informed;” that is, the doctor must […]

Spinal Cord Injuries and Medical Malpractice

Spinal Cord Injuries | Medical Malpractice

A spinal cord injury is a terrible event.  It will change victims’ lives dramatically, leaving them to deal with problems like difficulty breathing, paralysis, and often bouts of severe pain.  Every year around 17,000 spinal cord injuries (SCI) occur in the United States. Unfortunately, 5% of those injuries occur as a result of medical/surgical procedures. […]

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

A bad outcome to a medical procedure is the last thing anyone plans on when going to the doctor.  After all, you go to the doctor to be healed. It is possible, however, that despite a doctor’s best efforts you won’t get better. If a doctor does the best job he or she can do […]

Informed consent is part of a healthy doctor-patient relationship

Informed consent is an important part of a healthy doctor-patient relationship

Informed consent is an important part of the doctor-patient relationship. Patients should be able to trust and rely on their doctors to use their extensive training and experience to heal them. That does not mean patients should be left in the dark when it comes to making medical decisions. Informed Consent is an important part […]

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Overcome Guilt

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Overcome Guilt

Victims of Medical Malpractice Often Need Help Overcoming Guilt When a client comes to talk to us about whether they should file a medical malpractice case or not, one of the greatest hurdles that we have to overcome right away is guilt. Surprisingly, when we talk to people about the fact that doctors were responsible […]

Analyzing Records for Medical Malpractice Victims

Analyzing Records for Medical Malpractice Victims

Analyzing Records for Medical Malpractice Victims The essence of evaluating a medical malpractice case is determining what happened and how the injury occurred. We have a great deal of experience in practicing medicine. We understand how the health care system works, how people keep records, and this knowledge is very valuable to try to determine, in […]

How Do I Find a Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

How Do I Find a Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer

As a victim of medical malpractice, you may find yourself overwhelmed. Coping with the new reality you find yourself is difficult. Adding the complexity of a medical malpractice lawsuit may just feel like more than you can bear. Having a good lawyer on your side will make all the difference. So, how do you find […]

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Cope with an Uncertain Future

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims

Helping medical malpractice victims is our sole focus here at CHH. People come into our office because they’re hurting deeply and they want an answer to the pain that they’re feeling. We tell them right off the bat that what we cannot do is fix their pain. However, what we can do is hold people accountable […]

What is Medical Malpractice?

What is Medical Malpractice?

You may have seen ads on TV or on billboards for medical malpractice lawyers and their firms.  You may have heard of someone who was part of a medical malpractice lawsuit. You may even have heard people on the news discussing medical malpractice.  This all may lead you to ask: “What is Medical Malpractice?” What […]

How to Make the Difficult Decision to Sue a Doctor

How to Make the Difficult Decision to Sue a Doctor.

Believe it or not, people struggle over the decision to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.  The difficult decision to sue a doctor can be very frustrating. Often it comes down to the negative stereotypes people have regarding medical malpractice lawsuits, as we talked about in our last post. However, in some cases, people feel guilty. This […]

Are Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Bad for Health Care?

A medical malpractice lawsuit is a tool for justice.

There’s a lot of bad information about medical malpractice lawsuits. Some think it’s a “get rich” quick scheme and sadly too many lawyer advertisements make it seem that way, but it is not. Others think medical malpractice cases are a scourge that must be stopped. This thinking has caused legislators to pass tort reform laws that make […]

Why does a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit take so Long?

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Illinois

“How long will a medical malpractice lawsuit take?” We get asked this question often. The answer, regardless of where you live, is two to four years.  There are two main reasons for this: First, doctors and hospitals are never in a rush to move the suit along. Some of this foot-dragging is done strategically to harm […]

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