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Illinois Attorneys Dealing With Third Party Claims in Medical Malpractice Cases
Injured employees are often taken to the hospital for medical treatment following a workplace accident. If the injured employee did not receive adequate medical care and suffered additional injuries or medical complications as a result, the injured employee may also be entitled to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the hospital or treating physician, in addition to receiving workers’ compensation benefits from his or her employer.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse or other health care provider is negligent in providing the appropriate and necessary medical treatment to a patient, including an injured worker. If a healthcare provider has committed medical malpractice, the injured employee may be entitled to recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, life care expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress, in addition to workers’ compensation benefits from his or her employer.
Injured employees are often taken to the emergency room following a serious workplace accident and emergency room malpractice can occur for a number of reasons, including the failure of the treating doctor or medical staff to treat the medical problem in a timely manner. Although emergency rooms are a flurry of activity, with doctors and nurses making quick decisions, an injured employee should still expect to receive adequate medical care. If the ER medical staff is negligent in providing medical treatment and the injured employee suffers additional injuries or medical complications as a result, he or she may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
What Are Some Common Examples of Medical Malpractice Affecting Injured Employees?
Some types of medical malpractice that may impact an injured employee include:
- Hospital malpractice, including failure to properly train and educate doctors and medical staff
- Emergency room malpractice, including failure to diagnose or treat in a timely manner
- Medication errors, including improper drug prescriptions and dosages, mistakes made while administering the medication, and failure to monitor the patient
What Should An Injured Employee Do If Injuries Were Exacerbated by Inadequate Medical Treatment?
If you have been injured on the job and suffered additional injuries or your injuries were worsened by inadequate medical treatment, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a medical malpractice claim, in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. Because medical malpractice lawsuits can be incredible complex, it is recommended that you seek the legal advice and guidance of a skilled medical malpractice attorney. The proficient Chicago personal injury law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is knowledgeable of both medical malpractice and workers’ compensation laws. If you or a loved one received inadequate medical treatment following a workplace injury, contact the Chicago medical malpractice law firm of Ankin Law Offices at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your workers’ compensation benefits, as well as a possible medical malpractice claim.
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